"He's a little bit stiff, but he threw the ball really well," Torbush said. "As a matter of fact, he threw a lot better than I thought he would. He didn't miss a snap in practice, and he probably could have if he had wanted to."
Curry did not practice Tuesday because his grandmother died, and he left town to be with his family.
Torbush said he doesn't know when his signal caller will return to practice but expects Curry to start Saturday at Virginia.
Defensive end Julius Peppers also missed practice Tuesday because his brother was in a car accident. Fullback Anthony Saunders had to leave halfway through the workouts to tend to a family matter involving his cousin.
Lafferty Out With Mono
Punter John Lafferty, who started the past two games, will likely miss the rest of the season with mononucleosis. The sophomore averaged 35.4 yards per punt in 20 attempts.
Freshman Blake Ferguson, UNC's starting punter for the season's first five games, will resume his former role. Although Ferguson averaged 39.1 yards per kick, he lost his job after having a punt blocked for a touchdown against Georgia Tech.
"I wish I wouldn't have gotten the job like this," Ferguson said. "I would have liked to have competed against him. But God does some weird things, and he put me in position."
Torbush said Ferguson reminds him of former UNC punter Brian Schmitz. As a senior last year, Schmitz's kicks traveled an average of 47.8 yards, single-season records for the ACC and North Carolina.