Inside Carolina is reporting that a source can confirm to them that sophomores Travis Riley and Miller Snyder are no longer a part of the North Carolina Tar Heels football program.
Riley, 6’1″ and 215 pound tailback, tore his ACL last year during a pregame warmup against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Snyder, the 6’2″ and 185 pound punter and place kicker had back surgery last season. He did not participate in the spring practices either.
Both players were injury prone with a significant injury history. Removing them from the team opens up space for Fedora to continue to find utility players to fill in roles that need to be found.
The Tar Heels are well off in both positions, the tailbacks and they have a solid punter in Tommy Hibbard.
Removing Riley clears depth chart space for incoming freshmen Khris Francis and TJ Logan to play behind AJ Blue and Romar Morris. Of course, both freshmen would probably have surpassed Riley to begin with. Both are all purpose backs and can be utility athletes playing multiple positions.
No matter how Fedora uses both players, it will be interesting to watch the new running game led by AJ Blue this fall after losing Gio Bernard to the NFL in this year’s draft.