CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Andre Smith is leading North Carolina in tackles, but he doesn't see that as noteworthy.
After all, the coaches have told him, a middle linebacker is supposed to lead his team in tackles.
In fact, Smith says he's still working his way back mentally from the injury that sidelined him in the spring.
Upperclassmen Nazair Jones and Des Lawerence recognize Smith's impact on the field and know his potential as a young leader. They say, with time, experience and the drive he already has, he's going to keep getting better.