North Carolina coach Larry Fedora continues to say little about the injury to star running back Giovani Bernard, who hasn’t played since the season opener and didn’t make the trip last week to Louisville.
Fedora said Bernard had a great practice on Tuesday and was running around with a smile on his face, but wouldn’t get into much more detail than that.
“It’s hard to tip-toe around the subject, so it’s better just to tell you that he’s feeling good, had a smile on his face and practice well yesterday,” Fedora said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Meanwhile, backup tailback Romar Morris is averaging 29.8 yards per reception (6 catches for 179 yards) and ranks fourth in the league in all-purpose yards per game, eighth in receiving and ninth in rushing. Morris had a career-high 202 all-purpose yards in Carolina’s 39-34 loss at No. 19 Louisville. He had 149 yards receiving, 23 yards rushing and 30 yards on kick returns. He also blocked a punt in the fourth quarter, which led to a Carolina touchdown on the next play. Morris became the first Tar Heel to block a punt since Bruce Carter blocked one at Rutgers in 2010.
“I think Romar has done really well in each of the games,” Fedora said. “Every time I put him on the field he has done well. I think Romar will be more a part of the game plan going forward.”