"The guys that have probably impressed the most would be the D-line," Fedora said. "The D-line as a group has probably impressed the most the first six days of practice."
The major issues on the defensive side of the ball - the line very much included - last season are no secret. And UNC's defensive line lost arguably its two best linemen from a year ago in Norkeithus Otis and Ethan Farmer. Thus perhaps no unit on the entire team entered training camp this month as a bigger question mark than the defensive line.
And yet Fedora praised the unit's performance to date, said he was pleased with the depth, and has highlighted the play of freshmen linemen in recent interviews. Names that have been highlighted by coaches and teammates to date include returnees Nazair Jones and Junior Gnonkonde, and freshmen Jeremiah Clarke, Jalen Dalton and Aaron Crawford.
It's a surprising development, and unquestionably a positive development, for the 2015 Tar Heels.