Defensive Line Depth Lacking
Butch Davis is the definition of a defensive line aficionado. So one can only imagine what entered his mind when the third-string defensive line unit was called to the field during the spring’s first practice, and Tavares Brown was the lone player that stepped forward. Gone are veteran leaders Kentwan Balmer, Hilee Taylor and Kyndraus Guy, and the recently signed crop of top-notch talent on the defensive line will not arrive until training camp beings in August.
Hilee Taylor, Connor Barth look to impress NFL scouts at Pro Timing Day
UNC's NFL hopefuls worked out Tuesday for nearly 30 NFL scouts on Pro Timing Day. Players performed in the weight room and then headed to the Navy Practice Fields for the 40-yard dash, shuttle run and other football drills. Participating in the activities were defensive end Hilee Taylor, defensive tackle Kyndraus Guy, place-kicker Connor Barth, defensive back Kendric Williams and deep snappers Michael Murphy and Ryan Baucom.
Durell Mapp, Hakeem Nicks Named Team MVPs at 2007 Football Banquet
University of North Carolina linebacker Durell Mapp and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks were named the Tar Heels' Most Valuable Players at the 2007 senior football banquet Thursday evening. The MVP awards were selected by a vote of the players. Senior tackle Kyndraus Guy was also voted the player with the most team spirit. The other awards were selected by the coaching staff.
Kyndraus Guy now a role player
Kyndraus Guy never imagined, after starting most of the last two years on UNC’s defensive line, that he’d be replaced by a bunch of underclassmen. Very few things have gone the way Kyndraus Guy planned for his final season of college football. But in spite of a diminishing role on the field for the Tar Heels, Guy is still contributing as a teacher, mentor and even cheerleader for UNC’s talented young defensive line. (r)
Men in the Middle
UNC’s defensive tackles have received rave reviews from the coaching staff, and rightfully so, as the unit represents the team’s deepest and most talented position group. Head coach Butch Davis plans to take full advantage of his interior linemen during the 2007 season. Seniors Kyndraus Guy and Kentwan Balmer lead the way, having seen live game action in each of the past three seasons.
Q&A with Shelton Bynum
"We've all been working hard. Coach Browning, Coach Pearman have been getting all the young boys ready to go, they're getting experience in scrimmages and getting a lot of reps. Everybody's ready, man. Me and Kyndraus [Guy] can go in there, Cam [Thomas] and Kentwan [Balmer] can relieve us without a dropoff in talent or knowledge of the game. Brian Rackley, Hilee [Taylor], Melik Brown and E.J. Wilson - everybody's ready."
South View grad right Guy for job
Kyndraus Guy is quick to answer when asked what he can bring to North Carolina’s defensive front this season. “More tackles, more excitement,” said the 6-foot-2, 280-pound South View product who’s entering his third season as a starter for the Tar Heels. As far as the tackles go, Guy posted 21 (five for loss) and three sacks last season.
Big Play 'Guy'
Though not necessarily a common attribute for a defensive tackle, junior Kyndraus Guy has a penchant for the big play. Last year against Maryland, he set up the Tar Heels’ first touchdown with an interception and 37-yard scamper to the Terps’ 1-yard line. “The only thing I remember was seeing those pylons,” Guy recalled. “I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to make it.’ But I didn’t see that weakside tackle was in my blind spot. I didn’t see him. He got a good pull on my shoestring, and that was it.
North Carolina Preview 2006 - Defense
The North Carolina defensive line has the most concerns after losing top pass rusher Tommy Davis and tackle Chase Page, but it should be fine if Kyndraus Guy and Shelton Bynum can shine in the middle. Outside linebacker Larry Edwards is an all-star caliber talent ready to lead the back seven. Safeties Trimaine Goddard and Kareen Taylor are unsung rocks.
The Thinker: Kyndraus Guy wondering what's next
A sense of urgency drives Kyndraus Guy every time he plays football at North Carolina, but not in the way that pushes most of his teammates. The North Carolina players want to win on Saturday against Maryland to improve their bowl chances. Guy does also, but he knows when the day is over that he will have one less game left to play in his career. Guy, a defensive lineman, is one of the Tar Heels' best young players but he has no aspirations of football beyond college.
An Open-Minded Guy
Defensive tackle Kyndraus Guy leads North Carolina with three sacks and is a big reason why the Tar Heels are showing improvement on defense. But the 6-foot-2, 275-pound sophomore sounds as if he's got other things on his mind than just football. "A lot of guys have a different view of the game because my ambitions are not beyond college," Guy said. "So I feel like these are my better days. Those guys think they have 10 or 12 years to play. And I've got one, two, maybe. After I graduate, I'm trying to hang my cleats up."
This Is One Fired Up 'Guy'
North Carolina sophomore Kyndraus Guy says he can do anything. Right now he is a starter at defensive tackle and is the Tar Heels’ co-team leader in sacks. Guy met with the media on Tuesday to discuss his rise to power on UNC’s improving defensive line.
Kyndraus Guy shining at college level
The scoreboard at Kenan Stadium said there was 10:51 left in the third quarter Saturday when Hope Mills' Kyndraus Guy scored a career first. With the speed of a torpedo, the sophomore defensive tackle for North Carolina shot through Wisconsin's offensive line and into the backfield where he planted Badgers quarterback John Stocco into the turf. The Kenan crowd of 60,000 roared its approval.
Tuesday Practice Notes
Carolina finally went into full pads for Tuesday's practice, marking the fifth practice of training camp and the end of the five-day NCAA-mandated acclimation period. The session was moved from the afternoon to the morning because of concerns about thunderstorms. Kenny Price singled out fellow defensive tackle Kyndraus Guy as landing the hardest hit of the day, but Guy demurred. "I don't even know what he's talking about," Guy said. "I had one hit in the backfield, but I didn't really hit him, I just tapped him."