A Look at the North Carolina Tar Heels

When it comes to North Carolina the talk about their sports program revolves around basketball. Not since Mack Brown left for Texas has the Tar Heel football program gone into a season with such great expectations. This year North Carolina returns most of their starters on both sides of the football.

What they bring back on Offense

QB- TJ Yates, 6'3, 215 (Career 39/37 TD/INT)- Last season Yates threw for 2.136 yards and 14 touchdowns.

RB- Shaun Draughn(567 yards), Ryan Houston(713 yards, 9 TDs), Anthony Elzy

WR- Greg Little(724 yards, 5 TDs), Jheranie Boyd, Erik Highsmith, Dwight Jones-

TE- Zach Pianalto- 33-334 last year.

OL- Cam Holland(Jr), Alan Pelc(Sr), Jonathan Cooper(So), Mike Ingersall(Sr), Carl Gaskins(Jr)

As you can see this is a very experienced offense that UNC is bringing back. While they don't have a game breaking type of running backs or receivers look for North Carolina to be very productive on that side of the football. They will look to control the ball on offense and with with their talented defense in 2010. Yates just needs to be a caretaker on offense. The offensive line returns intact from the looks of things from last year.

What they bring back on Defense

DL- Michael McAdoo(6'7, 245- 4 sacks in Spring game), Robert Quinn(6'5, 260), Quinton Couples(6'5, 245), Marvin Austin(6'2, 300), Jordan Nix(6'4, 285), Jared McAdoo

This will end up being the top defensive line in the ACC this season. North Carolina is stacked up front. If these guys live up their billing there is no telling how UNC can become. This is the type of defensive line that Butch used to have at Miami.

LB- Bruce Carter(6'3, 230), Quan Sturdivant(6'2, 235), Kevin Reddick(6'3, 230), Zach Brown(6'2, 220), Herman Davidson(6'2, 215)

CB- Charles Brown, Kendric Burney, Danorris Searcy, Mywan Jackson, Matt Merletti, Deunta Williams, John Smith

Final Outlook: This is a North Carolina football team that has been built to win this year. This is a senior laden team that is strong up front. Their offensive and defensive lines should be amongst the best in the ACC. Is this the year that Butch Davis breaks through and leads them to an ACC Title game? We feel it is. The only question mark is at QB. If Yates can come through and just be a productive, efficient QB then look for UNC to surprise some people this year. There is just too much talent on this team to not finish better than 9-3.


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