North Carolina’s annual Spring Football game kicks off Saturday at 3 P.M. in Kenan Memorial Stadium. A new chapter in Carolina Football begins as for the first time in the Larry Fedora era, UNC will start off the season with a quarterback not named Bryn Renner. Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky will lead the Blue and White teams in the intersquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon under a perfect Carolina blue sky.
The spring scrimmage means the culmination of spring practice for the Tar Heels. This period is an important time for all of UNC’s young starters and incoming freshman, as they have time to learn the playbook and prove to coaches that they deserve a starting spot this fall. Here is some information about this afternoon’s spring game.
Date: April 11th, 2014
Start Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Kenan Memorial Stadium; Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Game Format: Four 15 minute quarters
11 A.M. in Bell Tower Park: Pregame music, food, face painting and merchandise tents
12:45 P.M. in Bell Tower Park: Pregame Autograph Session with the team.
UNC Spring Game Position By Position Preview
North Carolina Football kicks off at 3 o’clock in Kenan
Players to Watch
From Positional Previews
Number 75: Bentley Spain
Freshman Bentley Spain enrolled early to have a chance to secure a starting spot for next fall, and a strong performance in the spring game would go a long way in doing just that. Watch if Spain can handle stronger, bigger pass rushers like Jesse Rodgers and faster players like Shakeel Rashad.
Number 84: Bug Howard
Howard caught four touchdowns and 278 yards last season and was fourth highest on the team in receiving yards. He is probably UNC’s best replacement for Ebron’s pass catching production. A couple more pounds on his wiry 6-4 frame would do him a lot of good. I’m looking for number 84 in the Spring game to see what big plays he can come up with and what improvements he made this offseason to his game.
Number 34: Elijah Hood
I am really excited to see his power and explosiveness, but watch for if he can handle himself while blocking in the pass game, and running routes in the screen game. Hood is talented, but he has to continue to improve on pass blocking so he doesn’t get blown up in a game like he was in that video above.
Number 10: Mitch Trubisky
Trubisky has been running with the second team offense during Spring practice but will get a chance to shine in the Spring game. Look to see if Trubisky can make all the throws while on the run outside the pocket, and also look to see if Mitch can sustain drives against the first team defense.
Number 28: Brian Walker
Walker was second on the team in pass breakups last season, and could have a breakout season next year. Double digit interceptions isn’t out of reach for the sophomore cornerback. Keep your eyes open for number 28 on Saturday afternoon.