CHAPEL HILL --- A warm morning greeted the Tar Heel football team Thursday as head coach Larry Fedora's squad completed practice No. 8 of training camp. In addition to the usual media in attendance for an open practice session, a film crew from ESPNU was on hand throughout the day to collect footage for an upcoming all-access feature on the Tar Heels. Moving forward, Carolina will have its first full scrimmage Saturday morning before having lunch with a group of lettermen. Look for updates from Lee Pace this weekend.
Carolina To Be Featured On ESPNU
For the second consecutive training camp, ESPNU cameras were in Chapel Hill to document a day in the life of the Tar Heel football program. Fedora and assistant head coach for offense Seth Littrell wore microphones during practice and were interviewed back at the Kenan Football Center after lunch. Quarterbacks Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky were also interviewed, while guard Landon Turner gave the crew a tour of the facility. Look for the 30-minute episode of ESPNU All-Access to air in the week leading up to the start of the season.
Rogers Seeing Work At Both D-Line Spots
With Carolina's lack of depth along the defensive line, especially inside, junior Jessie Rogers is taking reps at both the end and tackle positions. Rogers, who was one of the top 100 defensive ends in the country as a high school senior, is in his third year in the program and has become a valuable veteran voice on the line. Fedora highlighted the play of Rogers as well as junior tackle Justin Thomason and redshirt freshman Nazair Jones after practice while discussing the defense as a whole. On the ends, Fedora had praise for Junior Gnonkonde and Dejaun Drennon.
ACC Honor Roll
The ACC announced the 2013-14 Academic Honor Roll Thursday, and North Carolina had a school-record 347 student-athletes listed. Of those 347, 23 were members of the football team in 2013. Repeat honorees are Eric Albright (2), Alex Bales (2), Allen Champagne (3), Ian Dibble (2), Jarrod James (3), Ryan Mangum (3), Thomas Moore (2), Caleb Pressley (2), Philip Spelman (2), Nathan Staub (2) and Dalton Stogner (2). For a complete list, click here.
Fedora On Andy Staples Podcast
Lead college football writer Andy Staples visited Chapel Hill Wednesday to record an interview with Fedora for his podcast. Listen here:
Each new training camp inevitably brings a handful of jersey number changes, and this summer is no different. On defense, Drennon is now wearing No. 17, Rogers is now No. 43 and Allen Champagne is No. 94. Offensively, Garrett Hudson has moved to No. 87.