Former Sun Valley High 4-star receiver Gavin Blackwell made his first career start for the University of North Carolina against Florida A&M in Kenan Stadium on Aug. 27, 2022. He’s averaging 13.6 yards per catch for the 3-0 Tar Heels, who host Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Former Sun Valley High wide receiver Gavin Blackwell is now under the spotlight in his redshirt freshman year with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels football team.

A 4-star prospect in high school, according to 247Sports, Blackwell (5-foot-11.5, 180 pounds) had 2,702 receiving yards on 146 receptions and 33 touchdowns (2017-18-19) and helped guide the Spartans to their first 3A regional title game appearance his freshman year.

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