Monday, November 3, 2008

Some questions still surround Heels' Yates

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates went through individual drills and some non-contact 7-on-7 drills last week. But coach Butch Davis said he won’t know until Tuesday whether the sophomore – who has missed five games with a fractured ankle – will be able to do more.

“He split some time with Mike Paulus with the second team reps, as far as 7-on-7 is concerned,’’ Davis said Monday. “And we’ll find out a little bit more as to how he actually feels. He’s moving around pretty good, but it’s still in a limited area. [We have to wait] to find out exactly what he might be available to do in Tuesday’s practice – can we take the next step and actually let him participate in something that involves other team type of activities, as opposed to dropping back and throwing when there’s no rush needing any kind of mobility?”

Davis said last week that barring any unforeseen injury, junior Cameron Sexton will continue to be the starter for the time being. Sexton is 4-1 since taking over for Yates.

Davis also said that tight end Zack Pianalo’s status will also be re-evaluated Tuesday; he has missed two games with a sprained ankle.

No. 19 UNC plays No. 22 Georgia Tech on Saturday.

-- Robbi Pickeral