The North Carolina Tarheels will not fall short in the area of morale if Caleb Pressley has anything to do with it. For the last three years, Pressley was UNC’s backup quarterback who made the transition to a student manager. He has self-proclaimed to be the Tarheels’ “Supervisor of Morale.”
The 21-year-old Asheville native spent his first three seasons trying to maneuver his way up the depth chart. Pressley appeared in UNC’s 80-20 victory over Old Dominion in 2013 and made his first career start last season versus Idaho.
After studying abroad in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh for all of the 2014 spring semester (and missing all Spring practices), Pressley realized his time as a student-athlete had expired. The UNC Football program did not just watch him leave, they saw a void he could fill and made him a student manager. He’s not just any manager…He is now the signal-caller and with his knowledge of the game, it appears to be a perfect fit.
Speaking of the perfect fit, he also received approval from the NCAA to wear the NFL jerseys of prior North Carolina football players that are now playing on Sundays. Pressley says he has ordered jerseys to wear on the sidelines for the remainder of the year.
In an interview with USAToday.com, Pressley explains what being the “Supervisor of Morale” is all about:
“I do signal in plays, but the rest of the time I take it upon myself to be what other people need me to be,” Pressley says. “I know everyone so well because I’ve been here for four years. I obviously know the quarterbacks really well. Part of it is building relationships and knowing what people need you to be — and being that for them.”
Caleb is a senior at UNC, majoring in Communications with a minor in Writing for Stage and Film. He is set to graduate in May and hopes to work in film.
Which NFL jersey will Caleb Pressley be wearing this upcoming weekend? We’ll find out as the Tarheels face off against Virginia in Charlottesville this upcoming Saturday.
*Section Photo credit to Caleb Pressley’s Google Plus; Featured Photo (above) credit to Halle Sinnot.