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August 19, 2013

Morris humble about RB job




As it stands early this week, with North Carolina breaking training camp Monday and starting classes Tuesday, third-year sophomore Romar Morris appears to be the running back that will take the field with the first-team Tar Heel offense when it goes out against South Carolina Thursday, August 29 in Columbia's Williams-Brice Stadium.

With fifth-year senior A.J. Blue banged up for much of camp and Morris performing healthy and at a high level these past two and a half weeks, he's settled in with the first unit and figures to get a sizable chunk of the rushing load against the Gamecocks.

"Yeah, I would say right now if we went today, Romar would be the guy," said head coach Larry Fedora after Monday morning's workout, the last of camp.

But true to his nature, the mild-mannered Morris isn't the least bit cocky about it.

Confident in his abilities? Sure.

But not arrogant to the notion that he can't be quickly replaced in the backfield, or that he won't need to be spelled by any one of several potential options including Blue, Khris Francis, T.J. Logan, and perhaps others.

"It (earning the starting job) is just an opportunity every day to come out here and work, whether A.J. plays right now or not. But A.J., he's going to get in the game regardless. The freshmen are going to get in there too," Morris said. "The way our rotation is, two or three backs can't play by themselves. Everybody has to play in this offense."

"We do have a lot of versatile backs. (A.J.) Blue, he's a bigger back. He can pound it, but he can also run. Khris (Francis) is kind of like Blue. And then me and T.J. (Logan) are speed guys. We can both take it to the house on pretty much any play.

"I'm very confident," Morris continued. "We lost a couple pieces up front, but I think this offense will be more explosive than it was last year, because we're playing faster and we know the offense better than we did last year, so I think we're going to be even more explosive and score even more points."

"Now we know the finer details of the offense, so this year we can just not think as much and just react and just play."

This summer the Tar Heels have added a couple of gifted newcomers that are capable of complimenting the offense in a number of ways, including possibly taking some carries.

Morris likes the way that Ryan Switzer, as well as Logan, have come in and provided an early spark.

And while Logan is out for a few weeks with an injury, he's undoubtedly going to be one of the guys in line to step in when Morris isn't playing, while Switzer is a guy that can also do a bunch of things to frustrate opposing defenses and take the pressure off.

"Ryan Switzer, he's coming over and doing a little running back work. T.J. Logan, we're putting him in the slot. We're doing different things, putting the running backs and receivers together," Morris said. "It just makes our offense more deadly. It makes us have more weapons in different places. We can move different backs and different receivers around, so it just brings more depth at each position."






 

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