Coming up this Saturday, there’s a lot of fun planned for the annual Family Fest & Bears Bash! Make sure you’re at Nottingham Field between 10 and 2 for the day’s fun. Make it an early day and catch the football scrimmage at 8:45 that morning!
As the new week begins, let’s start with a couple of thoughts on football. I only was able to catch part of the scrimmage Saturday because of helping at the alumni volleyball match, but there are some items taking shape ahead of the final scrimmage this coming Saturday.
+ Who’s backing up Jacob Knipp? Throughout camp, the top slot has been Conor Regan’s, with Keaton Mott working with the 3’s for the most part. This would be the week for Mott to make a move on the backup role, but, thus far, Regan has been steady in the role that he handled last season.
+ Injuries cost 2 the coming season: I already noted earlier the loss of Eddie Gonzales this season to injury, but another player who hasn’t healed from last season is TE Rand Turnbull-Frazier. He suffered a back injury and tried to play through it some last season, but it just hasn’t healed correctly. Also out will be junior CB Marshaun Cameron, hurting UNC’s depth and experience at defensive back. Cameron is down with a meniscus tear in a knee.
Some other notes from around UNC Athletics:
+ Volleyball split it’s exhibitions this past weekend, falling in three Friday night to Wyoming before beating the Alumni in four sets Saturday. The youth on this team will be tested early, as Wyoming took advantage of a lack of late execution by the Bears. Getting accustomed to the level of energy and concentration needed at the college level is going to be one item facing the team this week before opening at home Friday night against UNC Wilmington. Also, Saturday night will bring Illinois to Bank of Colorado Arena.
+ UNC’s softball program is in need of a new coach after Shana Easley took an assistant’s job at her alma mater, Arkansas. The Bears lost in the Big Sky championship to Sacramento State after winning a Division I era best 28 games. They then hosted a regional in the National Invitational Softball Tournament. This is a tough time for a coaching search, with fall practices looming.