He also caught 10 passes for 124 yards out of the backfield. That production is apparently set to dramatically increase this fall.
“I’ve been trying to get in the playbook a little more, learn a little more receiver,” Logan told reporters on Wednesday. “They want the running backs to be able to stretch out a little more and play more slot. Coach [Larry Porter] has really been testing us on learning the A-back position.”
During offseason 7-on-7 drills, Logan and Romar Morris spent time working at the A-back position in the slot. Running backs coach Larry Porters wants the entire group to learn the position, according to Logan.
Logan, who also returned two kickoffs for touchdown as a freshman, possesses track speed that makes him a threat in the open field.
“He’s another dynamic guy; he’s an athlete,” sophomore WR/PR Ryan Switzer said. “At first it was pretty comical seeing him out there running some routes. He looked like me when I first came in because he’s a running back, but any time you can get a guy like that in space with the ball in his hands…
“Especially when he doesn’t have to face 6-7 guys in the box to really get out in space. As a receiver, when you catch the ball, there’s a lot fewer guys around you than at running back, so I’m excited to see what he can do.”
By extending Logan’s range to the slot, the coaching staff creates a window for an extra running back to take the field. UNC’s offensive system doesn’t utilize many two-back sets, which presents a problem with the wealth of talent in the running back corps.
Logan said it’s possible that freshman Elijah Hood, for example, could join him on the field without having to install new sub packages.
The sophomore has had to work on creating space at the line of scrimmage, which also helps with his blocking skills.
“Last year, my hands weren’t that good, to be honest with you, when it came to blocking,” Logan said. “There were a couple of times in the Miami game where I felt like I could have saved Bryn [Renner] a little more time, but I didn’t, so I’m trying to get a lot better at it.”
Logan has also added weight this offseason. He played last fall at 185 pounds and is now up to 192, three pounds shy of where the coaching staff wants him. He said it’s a good weight that doesn’t affect his speed or cutting ability.