The UNC Spring Game was nationally televised on April 10 by ESPN. It was a great event for UNC football.
This game does not mean anything, but any good fan and the coaching staff can pick up important things that needs to be addressed about their team. They can also get a feel for the strengths of their team.
Coach Davis was able to learn much about his team from this game. Here we will present five things learned from UNC's Spring Game.
T.J. Yates, pictured above, has his work cut out for him if he wants to keep his starting job. Bryn Renner is that good.
Renner was very impressive in the Spring Game. He threw 15 for 21 and accumulated 184 passing yards. Alone with that he threw a touchdown.
Yates did not. Yates was 15 for 26 and had 122 passing yards.
Renner did throw one more interception than did Yates. Renner had two, Yates only one.
The coaching staff will not overlook the 17-0 score in which Renner's team beat Yates.
In the Spring Game we learned that Renner is very good and still has a shot at playing time, maybe a starting role, during the season.
Mywan Jackson, who will be a sophomore, had an incredible Spring Game. He had two interceptions and several tackles.
He proved that he can play on any down and at any time.
Butch Davis will be glad to have the depth at defensive back. I do not see much in the depth chart at cornerback, so I find this to be a very positive sign.
He may play at cornerback or the nickelback position in certain situations.
The picture above will not be near as common in 2010.
It will be rare that two Tar Heel defenders will be chasing a player for another team. Instead, they will be all over them.
Trust me, ACC coaches are already thinking of ways to score against this defense.
The Spring Game showed how good this defense really is, and how deep it is.
These four backups proved to be quality players in the Spring Game: defensive end Michael McAdoo, linebacker Herman Davidson, linebacker Dion Guy, and the previously mentioned Mywan Jackson.
All four of these players tallied impressive stats, and proved to Coach Davis they can play on game day.
The added depth on the defense will make this defense even better than they were last year.
Butch Davis was concerned, rightly so, about the number of dropped passes in the Spring Game.
Here is what he said after the game, "We had an awful lot of dropped passes that were very frustrating. When the ball hits your hands and hits your shoulder pads—those kids have got to make those plays."
There were a couple of positive plays from the group. One of these was a 55-yard reception for talented Dwight Jones. In truth, that was about as impressive as it got.
The receivers must work hard over the summer so that they do not drop those passes during the season.
Close to 30,000 fans came out to support their football team: the North Carolina Tar Heels.
These fans are ready for a season full of hope and excitement.
Most of them feel this team can win an ACC Championship. Now the players just have to prove them right.
Butch Davis begged fans to show up, and that they did. The Tar Heel faithful is still very strong.