Wednesday, September 8, 2010

UNC's Davis: No progress yet on unavailable players

North Carolina is no closer to resolving its roster when it comes to the NCAA and school investigations into the football program, coach Butch Davis said Wednesday.

“There’s no movement today on any of the players we were not in position to play last weekend,” he said on the ACC teleconference.

Carolina held out 13 players in Saturday's loss to LSU, with an obvious impact on the defense. Those losses rippled across the UNC lineup in other ways as well.

The Tar Heels started Johnny White at tailback and he promptly fumbled the ball away. UNC turned to Anthony Elzy, a converted fullback, after that and even sophomore Hunter Furr. Asked about his running back situation for the Sept. 18 Georgia Tech game, Davis said both White and Elzy had ankle injuries and he was uncertain what would happen.

Carolina also had to use inexperienced players on special teams, which led to some disastrous coverage issues in the first half against LSU.

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