IC's Post-practice Q&A (premium only)
Sophomore linebacker Larry Edwards may have lost some favor with his coach. Apparently the Tampa product that finished third on the team in tackles last season arrived to camp a little overweight and complacent.
“He’s more focused now than when he first came to camp,” UNC coach John Bunting said. “This game is never easy – if you’re a freshman or a fifth-year senior. But, especially for a guy who has had some success and then thinks he’s got it made – if you get my drift. [Edwards’ weight] is going down and continuing to go down.
Sophomore tailback Ronnie McGill says he feels as good physically as he has since he’s been at Carolina. However he was sporting a 13-stitch-covered laceration on his left palm that he said was inflicted Tuesday while he was stiff-arming linebacker Fred Sparkman.
“My hand got caught in his facemask,” McGill said.
Yet it didn't seem to affect his receiving capability. McGill stood out in practice when he took a pass for a big gainer.
“I just caught the ball, the linemen made a couple of good blocks and I just took off,” he said. “I don’t remember much, except for when I hit Gerald [Sensabaugh]…that’s the last thing I remember.”
Former safety Mahlon Carey, who ranked second on the team in tackles last year, is now a linebacker. He took his share of punishment, but he gave back some as well in today’s drills.
Lousiana State transfer Barrington Edwards worked out lightly, without pads.
“He’s here,” Bunting said. “He got in last night and we’re excited about seeing him here.”
The Tar Heels will hold their first scheduled scrimmage on Saturday.
“We’ll get into every situation that we can possibly cover in that Saturday practice,” Bunting said.
Quarterback Darian Durant celebrated his 22nd birthday.