With all athletic activities canceled for the foreseeable future, the North Carolina football team is missing out on much of its spring. Players are at home, meeting with the coaching staff through Zoom several times a week but unable to practice together.
UNC will likely weather the challenge better than many college programs, though, with the team returning most of its offensive talent and not changing any major concepts around quarterback Sam Howell.
"We've got 35 coaches coming back on top of the four coaches that I have full time, because we've got 35 veteran players coming back that know the offense," offensive coordinator Phil Longo said Monday during a Zoom press conference.
"So when our young guys, the 25 new young guys that come in, turn around at the back of the line at a drill or something that we're doing, I've got a whole slew of receivers or linemen or running backs that can teach them, because they already know it."
Longo had originally moved the 15-day spring practice to a 10-day mini session in June but now believes nothing is going to happen in June at all. With that, the knowledge most players already have will be paramount.