From the end of the season last year, until the announcement yesterday, I was hoping and believing that A.J. Blue, the fifth year senior who changed positions from QB to RB while in Chapel Hill, would be the one starting for head coach Larry Fedora at the running back spot. That role is now taken by sophomore Romar Morris, who most believe is the closest to being able to replicate how Giovani Bernard was on gridiron last season.
Without a doubt the two young men are much different, and it would not be a stretch to believe that Morris will be in the line up when in the middle of the field and on long down situations, while Blue could definitely be the work horse for the short yards and by the goal line. Meaning that Morris could end up with a lot of yards and Blue with a lot of touchdowns.
That scenario can maybe satisfy. at least partly, both of the backs, knowing they both have a role to fill within the Fedora offense. On the other hand, that same scenario might not get the UNC Football squad another 1,000 yards rusher, which is something that the Tar Heels had been missing for a long time until Bernard came calling a few years back, and set up another problem, maybe in the coming season, or maybe even sooner.
Between this season’s two freshmen TJ Logan and Khris Francis, who enrolled early at North Carolina, and maybe the picking up of Elijah Hood, who recanted his scholarship from Notre Dame and is liking the Heels more and more, there could be way too many hands for just one football come 2014. And, when you think about it, if the two first year players are looking good, there might be that same problem this season as well.
Some say that is a good problem to have. Me, on the other hand, think that no problem is a good one to have, especially when you are trying to build up a program to make the next step forward. And yes, we all know that in a sport like this, you are but one play from an injury. We saw that with Bernard last season, as what was called a minor injury turned out to make him lose a lot more time on the field than anyone expected. However, if none were to happen could there be a clog at the position, which could make someone leave? You have to wonder, don’t you?
Now, having Blue start would not have changed this problem down the line, but it could have put all four on an level playing field when it comes to 2014 for who could get the starting spot. With so many things to watch for in this year’s season, I would say this story line is one I will be concentrating on. Wanting to see if the duo of Morris/Blue is the one that gets most of the carries, or if either of the freshmen are able to get quality time or even replace one of them, or if one or both get red-shirted in their first season in Chapel Hill.