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BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
Tim Scott stood in the Keenan Stadium tunnel with an uneasy feeling.
The North Carolina true freshman cornerback didn't know what to expect against James Madison in his first-ever college game.
Scott had never played in front of 57,000 fans, but was slated to start in the season-opener.
"Before going down that tunnel," Scott said, "I just got real nervous."
Scott's jitters went away when he made a third-down tackle to force a punt on the first series of the game.
He recorded five tackles before he returned to a reserve role a week later against Rutgers.
Still, Scott is a key part of the Tar Heels' plans as they prepare to host Virginia
"We watched him during training camp, and we felt we needed to find a place for him this year because we felt like he could help us win games," North Carolina interim head coach Everett Withers said.
"Tim has played well. He hasn't played great. Obviously he's a freshman. He's going to make mistakes. We feel he's going to continue to get better. We feel like midseason, around that time, he's a guy we'll be counting on to do a lot of things."
Scott (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) was The Free Lance-Star Player of the Year in 2010.
He's one of 10 true freshmen to have played for the Tar Heels (2-0) this season.
He's tied for fifth on the team with seven tackles. He also has a quarterback hurry as he's been asked to blitz often.
Scott was able to get in the mix early because starting cornerback Charles Brown was suspended for the first game.
Also, sophomore cornerback Jabari Price is out six weeks with a hand injury.
Withers said the coaching staff thought because of Scott's maturity, he would not need a redshirt year to develop.
"When Tim came here, it was obvious he had a maturity level that was maybe a little bit different than some of the other guys," Withers said. "Obviously he's a good athlete and he understands football. That probably led us to the initial thought of 'Hey, maybe this guy could help us.'"
Colonial Forge head coach Bill Brown said Scott wasn't always so grown-up.
VIRGINIA (2-0) at N. CAROLINA (2-0) WHEN: Tomorrow, 3:30 WHERE: Keenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C. TV: ESPNU RADIO: WGRQ-FM 95.9