“We’re the lively guys,” junior Mack Hollins said. “Freak receivers exciting all crowds.”
The name originates from co-offensive coordinator and receiving coach Gunter Brewer.
Every receiver he’s ever coached — which has included mega-talents like Randy Moss and Dez Bryant — is a part of the Freaks.
They can be big, like 6-foot-5 junior Bug Howard, who’s been taking snaps at tight end in practice.
They can be fast, like junior Ryan Switzer, who took a short screen pass 63 yards for a touchdown against Pittsburgh in 2014, a play quarterback Marquise Williams still raves about.
Or they can be part machine, like senior Quinshad Davis, who had metal rods inserted into his legs this offseason after suffering from a broken tibia and stress fractures.
Davis needs only one more touchdown to pass Hakeem Nicks — another former Freak — for most career receiving touchdowns in Tar Heel history.
The Freaks are one of the most talented groups on the team. The top four of Davis, Hollins, Switzer and Howard present a unique challenge for opposing defenses.