Liberty Prep Underway

Liberty Prep Underway

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Now that training camp has concluded and the fall semester has begun, North Carolina has turned its attention to the season opener against Liberty on Aug. 30.

After taking Tuesday off due to the start of classes, UNC returned on Wednesday with an enhanced roster – 120 players strong – and a focus on the FCS-level Flames.

“We’ve had two good days of Liberty and I’d say probably about 75 percent of the game plan has been at least introduced at this point,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora told reporters following Thursday’s practice.

Fedora has traditionally started cutting down on practice period lengths 10 days out from the opener, which coincides with the initial look at the first opponent.

“A lot of the things are the things that you worked that were basic going into camp and you worked all camp, so it’s not like there’s a whole lot of difference, except now you’re actually working against the looks that you’re going to see and not every look that you’re going to see in an entire season,” Fedora said.

The third-year UNC head coach said he felt as though his team accomplished its goals in training camp, given the small window of opportunity.

“You’d love to have more time, but you don’t,” Fedora said. “You’d love to have more depth, but you don’t. It is what it is. We work with what we have. We talk about it. We’re not going to pick up anybody off waivers, we’re not going to get anybody in free agency, so this is our team and we’ve got to work with everything we’ve got.”

Liberty finished the 2013 season with an 8-4 record under Turner Gill, who is now entering his third year as the Flames’ head coach.

“I know Turner Gill is going to do a great job just having a very sound football team,” Fedora said. “They’re going to play hard. He’s going to be sound in all three phases of the game. I think they’ve done a really nice job with the personnel they have.”

UNC has proven to be an unkind host to FCS and lower-tier FBS opponents under Fedora. The Tar Heels routed Elon (62-0) and Idaho (66-0) in 2012 and toppled Old Dominion, 80-20, last November.

Still No News on QB Decision

Fedora provided his obligatory quarterback competition update on Thursday and it was more of the same. He told reporters that his decision timetable could stretch into next week.

“I really have not set a date that I feel like I have to do that,” Fedora said. “If I felt like it was going to affect our team one way or the other, or any of those guys, then I would. But I don’t think it’s going to.”

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