North Carolina coach Butch Davis said today that his tailback rotation for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech could be a game-time decision.
With leading rusher Johnny White out for the rest of the season with a broken collar bone, the staff is deciding whether or not to redshirt Ryan Houston. Some of that depends on whether or not Shaun Draughn (ankle) is healthy, but there is no update on his status.
"We haven't decided any of those right now," Davis said. "Certainly I've had some conversations with Ryan. That will probably be a potential game-time decision. ... We're working with the guys who played in last week's game."
That would include Hunter Furr, who has since been promoted from the scout team. Furr entered last weekend's Florida State game on the Tar Heels’ final drive and had three carries for 27 yards. Davis said Furr's practice time has increased "a lot" this week, and is getting about 20-30 percent of the practice reps.
"Obviously the whole team was ecstatic for Hunter," Davis said. "He's been very unselfish in his willingness to play whatever role we've given him. He's played on a lot of the special teams this season. Because we had four senior running backs, he knew this probably wasn't going to be the year he was going to get an awful lot of opportunities at running back, but he continued to practice hard, study, know the game plans, and ... clearly the team was very happy with what he did."