Position-by-position- Defensive Ends

Inside Carolina examines the defensive end position prior to fall practice. Will Peppers again lead nation in sacks?


Name Number Position Year Height Weight Tackles TFL's Sacks
Julius Peppers 49 DE Jr. 6-6 285 64 24 15
Issac Mooring 92 DE So. 6-3 257 3 0 0
Joey Evans 95 DE Sr. 6-4 256 38 11 8
Jermicus Banks 90 DE Fr.* 6-3 247 DNP    

Defensive Ends  

The two starters here, Julius Peppers and Joey Evans, should form one the best tandems in the ACC, if not the nation.  Peppers did not participate in spring practice this year.  UNC basketball took its toll on the 6-6, 285-pound defensive lineman, who let a chance to enter the NFL draft to play another year at UNC.  

Peppers would have likely gone in a high round of the draft – he lead the nation in quarterback sacks last season.  In the spring, he concentrated on getting back into football shape, in particular, hitting the weights.  

On the other side of the line is Joey Evans, a senior who appears ready for a great final campaign.  Coach Bunting says, "Joey Evans has had a steady spring; probably our most consistent player, with the exception of Ryan Sims, on defense… Joey Evans has a real steady spring, I am really happy with him.  He should have a banner year."  

If there is a concern at defensive end, it is with the depth at that position, which is largely untested.  Jermicus Banks, a 6-3, 247-pound redshirt freshman, backs up Joey Evans.  Banks was a highly recruited high school player, but has yet to see game action at the college level. 

Backing up Julius Peppers on the other side is 6-3, 257-pound sophomore Issac Mooring.  Mooring saw very limited time at defensive end last season.  

The key to this position is to stay injury free.  The Tar Heels could ill afford to lose either Peppers or Evans. 

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