With spring break over, the Tar Heel football team is back out on the practice fields gearing up for a run at an ACC championship in 2014. Head Coach Larry Fedora and newly named safety Tim Scott are looking forward to the opportunities that lay in front of them.
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Carolina football is in the heart of preparations for a season filled with high expectations both from outside media hype as well as from within the team.
Senior veteran Tim Scott says he expects huge improvement in spring ball, especially from the bevy of returning Tar Heel talent.
“Knowing that we have a lot of guys coming back, we know that we can build on what we did last season and continue what we’re doing,” Scott says.
Head Coach Larry Fedora says he slid Scott over to the safety position from the corner spot due to a lack of experience and depth issues.
“He’s got the most experience of anybody out there. We’ve got some young corners that played for us and got on the field, so we’re going to try to get our best five out there,” Coach Fedora says.
But Tar Heel fans shouldn’t fear, Scott says he’s happy to fill the new role and is confident in his abilities to help the team win anywhere on the field.
Scott says despite some of the key losses like Kareem Martin and Jabari Price on defense, the guys have been doing their best to step right in and fill the voids.
“We have guys that are hungry to be just as good or even better. We have all those young guys that want to come in and contribute just like those guys were doing. Ever since they left, everyone has been doing a great job contributing,” Scott says.
The Tar Heels finished last season on a tear by winning six of their final seven games, including an emphatic Belk Bowl victory over Cincinnati.
Coach Fedora says he’s challenging his players to start spring practice at that high-performing level.
“It’s really important to carry over where we left off. We were playing our best football as the year went on. We challenged them to be at that level when we stepped out here today and try to get better from there,” Coach Fedora says.