Temperatures in the mid to upper 70s and partly cloudy to sunny skies are forecast this weekend as Tar Heel Lettermen return to Chapel Hill for their annual Spring Reunion and the Blue-White Game.
The driving range opens at 9 a.m. Friday at Governors Club south of town for the Morris Mason Memorial Golf Tournament with tee-off at 10:30 a.m. A social hour and dinner will be held at the Blue Zone in Kenan Stadium Friday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Festivities continue Saturday at 12:30 with a BBQ in one of the quads surrounding the Bell Tower prior to the football team’s spring game at 3 p.m. Lettermen are also invited to an evening function at the Cellar at West End Bar on Franklin Street at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Coach Larry Fedora and his staff were hoping to split the Tar Heels into two teams for the Blue-White Game, but depth along the offensive line might challenge that idea. James Hurst and Russell Bodine are gone and Caleb Peterson is out with shoulder surgery, so the blocking front is working with limited numbers.
Elsewhere the Tar Heels enjoy an abundance of riches at quarterback, where freshman Mitch Trubisky is challenging the incumbent Marquise Williams for the No. 1 job; at tailback, where freshman Elijah Hood has been impressive with his size and speed in his first semester in college; and at receiver, where Quinshad Davis, Ryan Switzer and Bug Howard are gifted playmakers each.
The defense enjoys more depth than it has during Fedora’s first two years at Carolina. Darius Lipford his moved to middle linebacker and brings a level of athleticism and speed that could result in a special year. The Tar Heels also have a pair of young cornerbacks in Brian Walker and Des Lawrence who will be fun to watch. Senior Tim Scott has moved to free safety.
“We look forward to the weekend,” Fedora says. “It’s great to get all the Lettermen back. This is their program. I want them to be proud of what we’re doing. If we make our Lettermen proud, we’re doing something right.”