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This post was edited by Jon Leggette 22 months ago
Depth chart notes:
Gio Bernard listed at the top of the depth chart with an OR between A.J. Blue and and OR with Romar Morris.
Quinshad Davis still listed as a starter over Jhay Boyd.
Tommy Heffernan is listed as the starter at WLB in front of Travis Hughes
Kevin Reddick listed as the starter at MLB in front of P.J. Clyburn.
Sam Smiley still listed as the starter at strong safety in front of Darien Rankin.
Gene Robinson is starter at Ram in front of Pete Mangum.
Cornerbacks are Jabari Price backed up by Alex Dixon and Tim Scott backed up by T.J. Jiles.
Game was the same on film as he thought it would be .... atrocious in the first half and better in the second.
Stressed to the team in coming back on Sunday the lessons that you can learn from both halves.
Romar will continue to see plenty of touches.
Heffernan played really well and maybe the best game of his career against UL.
Gio didn't suffer a set back during the week of practice but he's hopeful that he'll be back this week against ECU
ECU has shown that they can score some points by throwing the ball around.
Doesn't know if the series will continue but he doesn't know why it wouldn't.
Defensive issues were 18 missed assignments in the first half vs. 2 in the second half. Basically the same calls were made in the first and second halves. Most of that are energy and effort issues. Wasn't just one player making mistakes and the players start losing confidence and things 'snow ball'
Doesn't think it's a knowledge of scheme issue because they played a lot better in the second half.
Bodine got flustered and whatever could go wrong did.
Jenest did play in the game but not sure how many snaps he got.
UL didn't punt in the first half which took away opportunities to make plays on special teams.
Romar made an 'unbelievable effort' to block the punt. Norkeithus Otis had a great hit on the kickoff and knocked the ball out.
Just wanted to live through the first half.
In a 2-minute mode all the time so there's a 'comfort level' when needed to score quickly. Played that way the whole second half.
Will try to do some 'different things' in practice but doesn't think they can 'coach harder'
Has to make sure that the players are ready to play when they kickoff.
Doesn't know much about the ECU series and the history of the game. Knows it's an instate opponent coming in and wanting to win. 'It's a big game.'
There's a 'comfort level' because he's played ECU at USM in the past.
Has known Coach Ruffin since his days at Oklahoma State.
Had gotten to know Holden Thorp but hadn't heard that he's going to step down at the end of the year.
Any insight into the Hughes demotion besides Heffernan having a career game?
Honestly, Hughes seems to have trouble playing in space. He had the same problems in high school. He gets caught 'ball watching' instead of actually moving towards the action.
As good of an athlete as he is, he lacks pure football instincts. You hope that you can teach someone so physically gifted how to play but the 'light' has yet to come on for him.
While not nearly the physical specimen, Heffernan is an instinctual player and doesn't wait for the ball to come to him before trying to make a play.
Another interesting move was Clyburn to the middle to back up Reddick.
I also predicted when I heard about the new Bandit position back when Disch and Keonning were coming aboard that Hughes would eventually make his way to the Bandit position because of his trouble in space.
You might see a flip between he and Norkeithus Otis from the Bandit and weak-side LB spots. Otis has yet to see the field at Bandit and honestly, I still think he's a bit slight to make an impact going against 320-pound OTs. Will see if there has been any official moves this ween in practice.
'Officially' on the depth chart the only changes are Hughes to back up Heffernan at WLB and Otis is still listed 3rd at Bandit behind starter Dion Guy and backup Shakeel Rashad.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Jon Leggette 22 months ago
I agree about the move with Clyburn. Thought he was really coming on where he was! I really thought Hughes would end up at ILB and Otis would slide to the OLB. Clyburn has already been at all three positions now, cause I think he started as a back up to Guy over the summer at Bandit!
Clyburn has never been at Bandit.
Curtis Campbell was at the Bandit spot in the spring along with Norkeithus Otis.
K! It prolly was Campbell, Do not here much from him at all now.
He's primarily a special teams player and will likely stay there. He's just a liability in coverage completely. Not a great tackler although he's fast.
Im holding out hope that hughes will be one of the LATER bloomers like bruce and brown where it might not all come together until year 3 as opposed to quan and reddick who could step in as a freshman and be almost as effective as they are when they leave. Hes about on the same trajectory as brown who put it all together his junior year and bruce who exploded onto the scene his redshirt sophmore year. Definitely not comparing his play style to theirs but he is a physical freak who if he could just get better at flowing to the ball and getting down hill faster he could be just as good in the run..... don't see him being as much of a threat in pass coverage as carter or brown
This post was edited by tzh1212 22 months ago
Also I am getting the sence that this coaching staff hasn't been able to identify the best position for every player as easily as butch could but that was his natural gift. The difference is these coaches bringing in a totally new style of play along with the scheme which may hinder the progression of some guys. I 100% agree hughes best fit at this point might be at bandit but i like the agression and passion from this staff a heck of alot. Look for a solid gameplan this week and our guys to come out with a fire light under their rears
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by tzh1212 22 months ago
Hopefully this will light a fire under him as well
Part of the problem is they didn't recruit them so their experience with them is still very limited.
Also, you really don't know how someone is going to react to a new scheme until the lights are on in a real game. The staff has known for a while that Hughes needed to pick up the pace of his learning curve and become more consistent during the fall camp but it's not until you see him perform in games to where it really becomes evident on how far he's progressed.
All this said, I'll be able to find out for sure at practice on Tuesday afternoon if he's made a position change but for now he's still listed as the backup at WLB.
If this means what I think it does then it's exactly why you don't want your players venting on twitter.....
Travis Hughes @TDOT_Hughes9
Love the squad hate the staff.
That's not good. Have to wonder if he will seek another team at some point with that attitude.
Hughes was still at LB and Otis was still at the Bandit spot during practice on Tuesday.
The dialogue between him and PJ Clyburn was not positive. They were talking about discussing things with their parents. Frustrating because we need those guys in the future going forward IMO. That is a lot of athletism and Clyburn has played well from my vantage point.
They could be talking about anything with their parents. Nothing concerning potential transfer or anything has to necessarily come from it. Most people reach out to their parents for support and guidance during difficult portions of their life. I know that Hughes has an especially strong relationship with his parents so this isn't anything worrisome IMO. You have to remember that these guys are just kids themselves and get overwhelmed like the rest of us from time to time.
Social media is the fastest way to get in the coaches dog house and travis doesn't need any more help with that, I don't think these guys will be feeling as many negative vibes once the ball starts rolling our way and we start beating some teams. Also keep in mind not many teams go through 3 different coaches in 2 preseasons without loosing some to transfer. Also linebacker has lots of young bodies not that I would want either guy to even consider leaving. Also to your point earlier Jon I agree the staff probably had a better idea of what the freshman class could do as opposed to guys already on the field. Hopefully these guys keep their heads up and realize hard work and results are going to get them the job, these coaches aren't going to pay hommage to someone simply because they are a big time recruit once on campus. It may all be nothing for all we know.
Hughes still has plenty of time to become a 'player' at UNC. The proverbial 'light' doesn't come on for many defensive players until later in their careers. He's only a sophomore and although he came in with a lot of accolades he still has plenty of time to make a big impact as a Tar Heel.
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