Yates sees playmakers emerging for Heels

STAFF WRITERJuly 26, 2009 

Earlier this week, North Carolina coach Butch Davis said he's looking for some big playmakers to step forward now that wide receivers Hakeem Nicks, Brooks Foster and Brandon Tate are gone from the 2008 team.

At the ACC media kickoff today, quarterback T.J. Yates identified two skill players who've demonstrated in offseason workouts that they're ready to make big contributions.

Yates said Shaun Draughn has taken the raw talent he showed last season and developed into a well-rounded running back with pass catching and blocking skills. Yates said freshman wide receiver Josh Adams, who enrolled early and went through spring practice, immediately impressed his teammates.

"He's been working his tail off all off season," Yates said.

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