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Friday, August 30, 2013

North Carolina Tar Heels 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

8/30/13 long snapping update:
"Mack Lloyd will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury he sustained Thursday night in the Tar Heels' 27-10 loss to No. 6 South Carolina. Lloyd won the starting long snapper job this fall after overcoming a torn ACL in 2012. The fifth-year senior walked-on to UNC in 2009 and was recently awarded a scholarship by coach Larry Fedora. Sophomore Conor Fry will assume the deep snapping duties for the Tar Heels in Lloyd's place."
Kicker: Thomas Moore, junior (Chapel Hill, NC / East Chapel Hill HS)
Veteran kicker who will enter the fall as the starter after backing up Casey Barth in 2011 and 2012 • Joined the team as a walk on prior to the 2010 season • Became the team’s starter in 2011 after Barth went down with a groin injury in the third game of the year vs. Virginia Appeared in four games last year and took over full-time kicking duties after Barth was lost for the season during the Georgia Tech game • Made 2 of 3 field goal attempts and was perfect in 12 extra point tries
White v. Blue Spring Game: made three extra points
"The experience has helped me understand I can get the job done. I can go out there and kick without the butterflies that somebody like a freshman might have.... I learned so much from Casey. Just his aura, his focus, how poised he was and how he handle different situations was great, especially when I was a freshman. But more than anything he taught me that confidence is the No. 1 thing. You are out there by yourself and the barometer for success is so easy to see. It goes in or it goes out. So having the confidence that you can make it is usually the difference in failing or succeeding as a kicker.''
Kicker: Cody Johnson, junior (Greensboro, NC / Western Guilford HS)
Joined the team as a walk-on in spring of 2012
High school: started at kicker and punter for two seasons • Also played soccer
Kicker: Philip Spelman, sophomore (Nashville, TN / Montgomery Bell Academy)
"During the offseason and summer I have been working on overall leg strength and flexibility through lifts and yoga sessions. We have been running alot and focusing more strictly on overall fitness and endurance as athletes. I kicked alot while I was home in Nashville, and worked on my technique with my coach from high school. Since back at school, we kick and snap as a group multiple times a week."
Punter: Tommy Hibbard, junior (Charlotte, NC / Butler HS)
Hibbard was named to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Ray Guy Award. Hibbard was a second-team All-ACC selection last year after averaging 43.0 yards per punt on 50 kicks, an average that ranked second in the ACC and No. 25 in the country. He had a long of 60 yards in 2012, booted 14 punts of 50 yards or more, had 19 downed inside the 20 and had 10 that were fair caught. Only three of his 50 punts went for touchbacks, and opponents averaged just 4.9 yards per return with a long of just 18 yards. In addition to his work as Carolina's punter, Hibbard served as the holder on extra points and field goals. He helped UNC go a perfect 56 for 56 on PATs and tossed for a two-point conversion on four occasions.
Punter/kicker: Joey Mangili, sophomore (Durham, NC / Jordan Hs)
Joined the team as a walk-on in the fall of 2012
High school: Two-year varsity starter at quarterback and punter • Earned all-conference honors at punter his junior and senior seasons • Also played baseball
Punter/kicker: Nick Weiler, sophomore (Fairfax Station, VA / Lake Braddock)
Joined the team as a walk-on during the fall of 2012
High school: played three seasons, starting at kicker, punter, safety and wide receiver • Leading scorer among kickers at the AAA level in Virginia in 2009 and 2010 • 68 percent of kickoffs in 2010 and 2011 went for touchbacks
White v. Blue Spring Game: hit a 24 yard field goal and made one extra point
Long snapper: Conor Fry, sophomore (Raleigh, NC / Ravenscroft HS)
Joined the team as a walk-on prior to the 2012 season • Was the team’s deep snapper on extra points and field goals last season • Was perfect on all snaps
Long snapper: Mack Lloyd, senior (Cary, NC / Green Hope HS)
Missed spring practice in 2012 while recovering from a torn ACL • Will provide depth at deep snapper in 2013 • Joined the team as a walk-on prior to the 2009 season
Long snapper: Alex Marrs, junior (Bluefield, VA / Graham HS)
Joined the team as a walk on in 2010
High school: First-team all-district at center for three years • First-team all-region selection as a junior and senior • First-team all-state as a senior • Also played basketball, track and field and tennis

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