January 28, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte 49ers fans show their spirit as their team plays against the Xavier Musketeers at Halton Arena at UNCC. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Niner NotePAD: Charlotte 49er football video series, plus tennis and soccer news

This April is the 8th installment of the Charlotte 49ers football video series as we approach our first game on August 31, 2013.  It is available on Channel 22, the UNCC Channel if you have Time Warner Cable in Mecklenburg County.  If not, you can see the video, and the first seven prequels to it, on the school’s football website or on YouTube.

The video starts with players walking on the carpet going down the hall before they go outside for the 1st Spring practice.  They are dressed in their uniforms and full gear, split in two, half white and half green.

The defensive coordinator, Bruce Tall, admonishes his guys to “drive him up to the sky every time.”  Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen encourages his players to “bounce around, straight chaos today.”  Head coach Brad Lambert directs his lineman to use their whole arm when blocking.  He never wants to see a block with your arm bent halfway back.

We get to see the blocking dummies, inflatable plastic looking beds to land on, footballs on a stick, and assorted other practice gear.  We see blocking, passing, and punting of the entire team.

Jarod Latch and Bill Voth of Sprague Media show the coaches and players how to use social media in a positive light for UNC Charlotte.  No one wants to see someone embarrass the school.

Alan Barnwell, #24 from Cummings High in Burlington, is featured as one of the leading candidates to be a starter at running back.  Coach Lambert says “that if you come watch us practice, he’s (Barnwell) a guy you can’t help but notice…he’s a strong, physical runner…he loves to play, he’s like a kid in a candy store.”  Barnwell says, “on the field, everybody makes mistakes.  It’s how you come back from it.”  Lambert wants Barnwell to carry a lot of reps for the 49ers, and feels that he is ready.

We have a hot tub!  Okay, we don’t get to use it for fun, but it can help the players recover when they’re sore.

AJ Lukjanczuk is the 49ers trainer.  He feels Charlotte have one of the best facilities he has seen.  In addition to the hot tub, there is a cold table, a custom made taping table, leg tables, ultrasound, etc.  Lukjanczuk tells the guys, “we don’t want to see you in here, but when you do get banged up, we have a great facility here.”  They’re open from 6 a.m. until the last guy leaves.  They have plenty of help as 8-12 people are helping Lukjanczuk take care of the guys.

There is a reminder that April 20 is the Spring Football game.  Fans are going to be tailgating, and we get to see a shot of the famous “NORMbulance.”  Coach Lambert states that “it will be a real shot in the arm for some of our guys.”

The video is about 15 minutes.  Take the time to watch it and the prior ones.  You won’t be disappointed.

-In addition to men’s soccer having spring matches, the women’s soccer team does as well.  On March 21 they hosted Catawba, while on April 7 they had a double header at South Carolina with the 2nd game vs. Coastal Carolina.  I was unable to get results.

They were scheduled for a home game vs. Furman on April 11, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather.  The double header for April 12 vs. USC Upstate and Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C. has been changed to just the 1st game.  April 19 the women will host Appalachian State.  They are looking for at least one more spring match to replace the two that were cancelled.

-In Women’s Tennis, the 49ers lost on April 11 onr Senior Day.  Furman claimed the victory by the score of 5-2 at Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.  The 49ers fall to 9-6.

The 49ers won the 1st and 6th singles matches while losing the middle four.  They did win the third doubles match by a forfeit, but lost the first two.

-The Gold Dusters, the dance squad you see at all of the home 49ers men’s and women’s basketball games, is in the Prelims for the Nationals in Dance.  They finished 2nd out of 17 teams.  The top nine qualify to go on to the Nationals.  The category is Dance Open 1, Intermediate All-Girl 1.

Teams the ladies beat from the A-10 include: St. Joe’s (13th) and VCU (15th).  Teams from North Carolina the Gold Dusters beat included UNC-CH (4th), ECU (5th), NC State (9th), and High Point (18th).  Hopefully we can re-beat UNC-CH, ECU, and NCSU at Nationals.

The Gold Dusters’ score was 85.6.  It was originally 86.6, but the team was docked 1 point.  The Georgia Bulldogs were the top team in the Prelims.  Hey ladies, at Nationals, beat them ‘Dawgs!

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