Sunday, August 29, 2010

Updates coming Monday from UNC

North Carolina holds its first news conference of the season Monday, and this one will be a bit different than your normal season-is-here type of affair.

The news conference will start around 11:30 a.m., and you can expect UNC to release its first depth chart of the season. That will give fans an indication of what's happening with the program.

Capital Sports will be in Chapel Hill and will file live from Kenan Stadium.

WRAL reported last week, citing an unnamed source, that six UNC defensive starters were on the scout team in Thursday's practice. WRAL reported that defensive tackle Marvin Austin continued to run with the second team.

Carolina lacks experience on defense, which is understandable given that so many of its players are seasoned veterans who were healthy in 2009.

Here's a breakdown of the defense by unit from the preseason depth chart - the players whose availability has been questioned are in bold:

Defensive line

LDE: Jr. Quinton Coples; Soph. Donte Paige-Moss
LDT: Sr. Marvin Austin; Jr. Jordan Nix
RDT: Jr. Tydreke Powell; Fr. Jared McAdoo
RDE: Jr. Robert Quinn; Jr. Michael McAdoo

The Tar Heels have been using  Quinton Coples at defensive tackle in case Austin wasn't available. A defensive front of Paige-Moss, Coples, Powell and Michael McAdoo is still strong, but not one packed with stars like the Heels have now. And there's no Robert Quinn, who demands double-teams.


Will LB: Sr. Quan Sturdivant; Jr. Zach Brown
MLB: Soph. Kevin Reddick; Soph. Shane Mularkey
Sam LB: Sr. Bruce Carter; Soph. Dion Guy

Zach Brown started six games, and he's one of UNC's fastest players. But Dion Guy has five tackles as a freshman - the drop from Carter to Guy would be enormous.
CB: Sr. Charles Brown; Soph. Mywan Jackson
SS: Sr. Da'Norris Searcy; Sr. Jonathan Smith
FS: Sr. Deunta Williams; Jr. Matt Merletti
CB: Sr. Kendric Burney; Jr. LeCount Fantroy

Burney and Brown have combined for 15 career interceptions - together, they are one of the best pair of corners around. Burney is the more experienced and more touted, but he has been raving about Brown's progress in the spring.

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