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“We put them in as many uncomfortable situations as possible and hopefully, they’ll get comfortable in those situations,” Coach Fedora says.
Coach Fedora and his team are gearing up for a run at an ACC Coastal crown this fall. The expectations are high for the Tar Heels this season, especially given all the returning parts in Fedora’s ‘freak show’ offense that’s already set over 40 records since Coach Fedora’s hiring.
The only question mark for the offense comes at the offensive line. Coach Fedora says it’s been a struggle in that area during offseason workouts.
“I think we still have a long way to go. We’ve got a few nicks and bruises in that area right now that are keeping some guys out that we need to get a look at. But unfortunately, it’s just not happening right now. There’s not a whole lot of continuity in what we’re doing up there,” Coach Fedora says.
Coach Fedora, who has recorded seven consecutive winning seasons as a head coach and led Southern Mississippi to a Conference USA championship before taking the post in Chapel Hill, is known for his warp-speed, no-huddle offense, but in reality, it will likely be the performance of the Carolina defense that will control the Tar Heels’ fates in 2014.
Coach Fedora says there’s been a lively competition on the defensive line to replace a standout performer like Kareem Martin, who departed for the NFL.
“Jessie Rogers is getting some reps there, and you’re getting Dajaun Drennon. But none of the three have a lot of experience right now. It’s fun o watch them compete,” Coach Fedora says.
The burning question this summer, though, is undoubtedly who will get the start at the quarterback position. Coach Fedora has been playing his cards close to his chest, but says it’s an open contest for the job and assures people that the best player will prevail.
“Until somebody starts stepping out ahead of the other – when one guy deserves more reps, he’ll get more reps,” Coach Fedora says.
The man at the helm of UNC came in to his regime with one primary goal in mind: change the culture surrounding the football team in Chapel Hill.
He promised to make game days on Saturdays the place to be.
Winning generally takes care of that. The Tar Heels already sport a 15-10 overall record and a bowl win under Coach Fedora. But if the questions surrounding this summer are answered, Carolina fans might be treated to something even more special: a banner year for football.