UNC Kicks Off Spring Football Practice – Scout

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina football kicks off spring practice on Sunday, March 4 as preparation begins for the 2018 season. Blue Dawn, UNC’s offseason early morning condition program, wrapped last week leading to the beginning of the spring season.

The storylines are aplenty for the Tar Heels following the disappointing 3-9 2017 season that featured countless injuries to key starters along with heartbreaking defeats.

Larry Fedora
Quarterback and offensive line are two huge question marks for Larry Fedora and UNC as they begin spring practice. (Photo: Grant Halverson, Getty)

An intense quarterback competition is expected to brew through the spring and into the summer and preseason camp. Redshirt sophomore Chazz Surratt and redshirt junior Nathan Elliott will state their cases for the job after both starting multiple games last season. The Tar Heels other two scholarship quarterbacks are both true freshmen that enrolled in January.

The offensive line lost four starters from 2017 but should get tackle William Sweet back from injury to pair with Charlie Heck, who started 11 games last season. Hopes are high for running backs Jordon Brown and Michael Carter, who split time in the backfield in 2017. UNC has a bevy of talent and potential at wide receiver including breakout star Anthony Ratliff-Williams and Thomas Jackson, who will return from injury. The hype train is full force for 2018 247Sports five-star wide receiver Jordyn Adams. He will not join the Tar Heels until June, though four-star wideout signee Dyami Brown enrolled in January.

On defense, the Tar Heels lost a lot. Gone is All-ACC cornerback M.J. Stewart, safety Donnie Miles, and linebackers Andre Smith and Cayson Collins — all four were starters in 2017. Carolina does return the majority of its defensive line, which features ends Malik Carney and Tomon Fox and tackle Jalen Dalton.

UNC will hold its spring game in Kenan Stadium on April 14. The dates of Carolina’s spring practices are in the graphic below:

North Carolina begins the 2018 season with a road trip across the country to take on the Cal Bears. UNC lost to Cal, 35-30, in the home opener in 2017. The Heels’ non-conference slate also features a road game at East Carolina and a battle with UCF in Chapel Hill. The Knights are coming off an undefeated 13-0 season and a 34-27 Peach Bowl win over Auburn.

Carolina signed the No. 23 recruiting class in the nation for the 2018 cycle. 

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