Fedora challenging UNC players to step up
Posted March 5, 2014
First time back on the football field since bowl week, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora was looking for the same enthusiasm that he saw in December.
“We were playing our best football as the year went on at the end of the year and so we challenged them to be at that level when we stepped out here today,” said Fedora.
One benefit for UNC, they have an experienced quarterback heading into spring. Marquise Williams started five games when Bryn Renner was injured last year and he is the favorite to take the job full time in the Fall.
“It helps me out a lot because I know more defensive schemes and stuff,” said Williams. “I know what to study for. I know what to take more notes in. It helps me out big time. I’m not going to go into my first game nervous and like ‘oh man this is my first time starting’.”
Williams and the other offensive players have a new face to get used to as Seth Littrell takes over as offensive coordinator for Blake Anderson who left for a head coaching job.
Littrell is one of a handful of new coaches hitting the field for the first time this spring.
“They’ve done a nice job; they understand what’s going on. Two of them today were a little wide-eyed moving and getting from drill to drill but their players know what’s going on so they’ll get them there,” said Fedora.
Overall day one was about pleasing the man in charge.
“We had few mistakes out there today so that was a really good thing; even the young guys I thought have done a nice job preparing themselves for today,” said Fedora.
Fedora is looking for some new stars this spring to replace players like tight end Eric Ebron and offensive lineman James Hurst. He will have 15 spring practices to see who plans to step up.