The North Carolina football team is getting back to business. The team’s group of running backs, led by senior Michael Carter and junior Javonte Williams, is looking to remain a vital part of the UNC offense in the upcoming season. In a press conference Wednesday, running backs coach Robert Gillespie detailed his expectations for Carter, Williams and the unit as a whole.
“We just have to strive every day to improve as a unit," Gillespie said. "From an Xs and Os standpoint, from getting stronger, from getting back in shape, obviously with the time we’ve had off away from being here in Chapel Hill. My expectations are like they are every year, we have to be one of the best units on the football field.”
Gillespie said his unit has successfully blocked out noise and speculation since their return to campus.
“We don’t listen to anything outside of what we have to do because in our room we have a standard that we set for ourselves," Gillespie said. "We can go out everyday and just push each other in the room. Mike Carter is competing with Javonte (Williams), Javonte is competing with Josh (Henderson).”
Gillespie said he has been impressed with the level of growth that he has seen from Williams in particular, from his time as a first-year to now being a part of a standout tandem rushing attack between Carter and him. The 2019 opener against South Carolina is when Gillespie said he felt Williams arrived as an impact player for the Tar Heels.