UNC Football adds Clemson transfer to kicking competition

Mack Brown and the UNC football program have tapped into the transfer portal to add another player to its kicker competition. 

Heading into spring practices, Mack Brown and the UNC football program were hopeful that they would have some more clarity regarding their kicker situation heading into the new season.

Unfortunately, the spring left the Tar Heels with some unanswered questions.

Noah Burnette, who is one of the current competitors, was inconsistent last season, and Ryan Coe, who transferred to the program from Cincinnati, wasn’t able to come in and secure the job.

That left room for the UNC football program to add some extra depth via the transfer portal.

Clemson transfer Liam Boyd announced that he has committed to North Carolina, a move that really no one saw coming. Boyd becomes the first player to join the program during the second transfer window.

Boyd’s journey to this point is very interesting, given that he never played football prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. His high school shut down soccer during the pandemic, which allowed him the opportunity to try kicking a football.

He quickly got the hang of it, as he was the kicker for Asheville High School before transferring to IMG Academy for a “post-grad” season.

Boyd proceeded to join the Tigers as a walk-on and was in competition for the team’s starting spot this offseason. However, even after a solid spring, which included a 51-yard field goal during the team’s spring game, Boyd decided that he wanted to take his talents elsewhere.

The intra-conference transfer could come in and help the UNC football program, as they desperately need to find consistency at the kicker position before the 2023 season gets underway. What was once a two-man race is now a three-man battle, as Liam Boyd has officially inserted his name into the race.

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