Does North Carolina have any talent left?

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 16, 2012


From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.


Spring 2012 - Key Questions

North Carolina

 
What's happening this spring season? Several FSN publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: How are things different early on under Larry Fedora?

From Greg Barnes, http://northcarolina.scout.com … There have been significant changes in Chapel Hill due to the transition from the Davis era to the Fedora era. While Davis approached the game from a NFL angle, complete with a pro-style offense and defense to a recruiting pitch about making it to the next level, Fedora is more of a natural college coach who has created one of the most productive spread offenses over the last decade. His spread offense begins with the ground game but demands a balanced attack. Prior to spring practice, the thought was that tailback Gio Bernard would flourish in this offensive scheme and the coaches would agree now that spring ball is over.

Is there any top-shelf defensive talent left over from the Butch Davis era?

UNC loses defensive standouts such as DE Quinton Coples, DT Tydreke Powell and LB Zach Brown, but LB Kevin Reddick was the heart and soul of this defense last season and he returns along with DE Kareem Martin and DT Sylvester Williams to form a solid front in Fedora's 4-2-5 defense.

What’s the biggest insider storyline from this spring that the average fan should know about?

The focus of spring ball has not been about the depth chart or individual production, but rather building a foundation of intensity and work ethic that matches what Fedora requires. His approach is high octane and it's apparent in practice. North Carolina's first spring scrimmage included 140 plays, while the second ran 170 plays. Fedora's no-huddle offense is designed to run a play every 8-to-10 seconds. In other words, when an official marks the ball at the line of the scrimmage, the offense is ready to go. Fedora ran as many plays in the first seven days of spring practice as Davis ran in all 15 spring practices in 2011.

MONDAY
- Is Texas A&M's O going to go Houston?
- Coaching aside, what's missing at Arkansas?
- Does North Carolina have any talent left?
- Is Oregon a true national title contender?
- Is the Marshall O going to be better?

TUESDAY
- Really, who is Notre Dame's best QB option?
- What does Michigan have to do to beat Bama?
- How have things changed at Arizona State?
- Is BYU motivated as an independent?
- Does the Oklahoma D have a new attitude?
- Is Southern Miss starting from scratch?
- Is anything improving at Duke?
- Is Cal's Jeff Tedford on any real hot seat?
- Does Wisconsin have a receiving corps?
- Is SMU RB Zach Line back and healthy?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?

SUNDAY
- Is The Nevin Shapiro Case Affecting Miami?
- How Is UCLA Different So Far Under Jim Mora?
- Will Florida State Finally Turn The Corner?
- Will Rutgers Be Better Without Greg Schiano?
- Will The Alabama Defense Be As Good As 2011?
- Can Boise State Go On Without Kellen Moore?
- Who Are Northwestern's New Offensive Weapons?
- Is Clemson Over The Orange Bowl Disaster?
- Who's The Next Great Illinois D Lineman?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?