UNC reveals jersey numbers for newcomers and early-enrolling freshmen
On Monday, North Carolina Soccer revealed the jersey numbers of UNC newcomers, freshmen and transfers who have all joined the program. This includes the transfer offensive lineman Corey Gaynor and defensive edge Noah Taylor and many highly ranked UNC freshmen from the Class of 2022.
UNC is currently undergoing winter strength and conditioning training and will begin spring practice on Tuesday, March 1. The spring game is set for Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m.
Below is the list of jersey numbers for UNC’s latest additions:
DL Travis Shaw – No. 4
6 feet 5 inches, 330 pounds
Evaluation (by Don Callahan of Inside Carolina): Shaw is a huge wrecking ball from the defensive tackle position. With his startling acceleration, he turns his 6-foot-5, 330-pound unchecked body into a runaway semi-trailer that smashes into the backfield. Given his size, he naturally possesses extraordinary power. At the same time, he is also incredibly agile, a result of his extensive basketball experience.
OF Noah Taylor – No. 7 (Transfer from Virginia)
6 feet 5 inches, 235 pounds
College statistics: Taylor has played in 44 career games and made 31 starts for Virginia. In 35 games over his final three seasons, Taylor posted 170 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 30 TFLs, two forced fumbles, three INTs and 13 PBUs. In 2021, Taylor started all 12 games and was third on the team in tackles with 69. He added 3.5 sacks, eight TFLs, eight pressures, four PBUs and one fumble recovery.
EDGE Beau Atkinson – No. 12
6 feet 6 inches, 240 pounds
Evaluation: Atkinson possesses the prototypical size – including exceptional length – and the athleticism to play on the strong side in a front four or technical four/five in a line three. He’s always had a great drive, but that was accentuated by his improving strength and decision between his sophomore and junior seasons.
QB Conner Harrell – No. 15
6 feet 1 inch, 190 pounds
Evaluation: Harrell is a lanky, muscular pitcher who led his nationally ranked high school to back-to-back state championships. While operating a vertical passing game, he has completed over 70% of his passes over the past two seasons. He’s a throw-first QB who prefers to stay in the pocket, but he has evasive ability and enough mobility to hurt a sleepy defense.
RB George Pettaway – No. 23
5 feet 11 inches, 190 pounds
Evaluation: Pettaway is a driven, intelligent and versatile fullback who plays with a chip on his shoulder despite his high level of prep production. As a ball carrier, he uses his vision and elusiveness to get away and often makes defenders look stupid, especially on open ground. He clearly possesses the speed to finish plays in the end zone, but he will also modify his speed to better set up blocks and fool defenders.
EDGE Malaki Hamrick – No. 24
6 feet 4 inches, 205 pounds
Evaluation: Hamrick is able to disrupt an offense from a variety of places due to his suddenness, length and athleticism. He excels the most when asked to simply stick his ears back and explode towards the QB. But he also has the vision and anticipation to read and react to the play from the second level.
LB Sebastian Cheeks – No. 32
6 feet 3 inches, 220 pounds
Evaluation: Cheeks is a long, athletic and versatile linebacker who excels at chasing running backs, whether in space or in the tackle box. He will show patience when reading his keys, then usually take the correct angle when rushing towards his target. When it arrives, it uses its large wingspan to envelop the ball carriers.
OL Zach Rice – No. 55
6 feet 6 inches, 300 pounds
Evaluation: Rice possesses the prototypical height for the attacking tackle position. But what made him so coveted was the natural athleticism and raw power he associates with that size. This allowed him to quickly get out of position and frequently bury his opponent at the high school level. His quick feet and agility allow him to effortlessly reflect into the pro pass, while also making it easy to set up second-tier linebackers.
OL Corey Gaynor – No. 65 (Transfer from Miami)
College statistics: Gaynor played in 38 career games and made 28 starts along Miami’s interior offensive line. A team captain, he started the last 27 games of his career with the Hurricanes at center after starting one game at right guard as a true rookie.
OL Trevyon Green – N°78
6 feet 7 inches, 345 pounds
Evaluation: Green is obviously a massive human being, but he used this size and its accompanying power to intimidate defensive linemen throughout his high school career. His biggest asset, however, isn’t his size — it’s his work ethic: He’s a kid who weighed well over 400 pounds at one point, but has been working to lose weight during the pandemic. . Most of his experience is at attacking tackle, but he’ll likely move inside to guard.