Observations from UNC's spring game

Staff writerApril 9, 2011 

— Freshman quarterback Marquise Williams of Charlotte scored on a 42-yard run on his first series but was intercepted by a former Mallard Creek teammate, cornerback Josh Hunter, on his second series.

“He’s young,” Hunter said, laughing. “I took advantage of him. I’m not going to lie to you. He rolled out of the pocket late. Knowing him before, I feel like I knew what he was going to do.”

• Highly regarded redshirt freshman running back Gio Bernard did not play in the spring scrimmage, but coach Butch Davis expects him to be back to 100 percent in the fall after suffering torn knee ligaments in the 2010 preseason.

“Absolutely,” Davis said. “He could have probably gone through full-contact work this spring, but it’s like, ‘Why?’ ”

• One of the team’s biggest competitions in the spring was at backup quarterback, where junior Braden Hanson, a Charlotte Latin graduate, appears to have a slight edge over A.J. Blue.

Davis said Hanson has had “a remarkably good spring,” but said the team needs to get comfortable enough with a backup quarterback that the Tar Heels will believe they can win with him, if necessary.

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