UNC could be missing two starting offensive lineman against Connecticut on Saturday. Left guard Jonathan Cooper and center Lowell Dyer are listed as questionable on the injury report released Thursday.
Cooper sprained his right ankle early in UNC's 40-6 win over The Citadel. The redshirt freshman finished the first half but sat out the second. He did not practice Wednesday and would have to make significant progress to play on Saturday.
Junior Greg Elleby, a converted defensive end, would start at left guard in Cooper's place. Elleby played the second half in Cooper's spot.
With the focus on Cooper's injury, Dyer's status had been under the radar. He has a shoulder injury, according to the injury report. Cam Holland, a sophomore, would replace Dyer at center.
UNC used 10 offensive linemen against The Citadel and coach Butch Davis said he would feel comfortable using as many as eight linemen against UConn. UNC's line depth was depleted this offseason with the exits of Aaron Stahl (graduation), Kevin Bryant (personal reasons) and the season-ending knee injury to Carl Gaskins.
Two true freshmen, Travis Bond and Brennan Williams, and a walk-on, Sam Ellis, played in the opener, which saw the Heels roll up 261 rushing yards.
UNC's injury report for UConn:
Out: WR Dwight Jones (knee), TE Ryan Taylor (knee); Questionable: G Jonathan Cooper (ankle), C Lowell Dyer (shoulder), FB Bobby Rome (illness), DT Jordan Nix (illness), CB Terry Shankle (illness)