Although North Carolina's defense is in need of further repair, that unit at least knows what it's working with. The UNC offense has far more mystery, with the departure of quarterback Darian Durant, three running backs and two senior linemen.
Without Durant, UNC's offense faces retooling
The Durham Herald-Sun
Bunting solved many problems to get the Tar Heels to a bowl and winning six games. There are many more problems to solve in what will be an important off-season and spring practice. The defense needs to get better and offensive stars Darian Durant and Jason Brown must be replaced.
Carolina's defensive weaknesses show
The Winston-Salem Journal
Twenty seniors walked off a football field together for the final time in North Carolina uniforms Thursday, some teary-eyed, some arm-in-arm and at least one with the help of crutches.
They had just lost a bowl game, but their disappointment was eased by the belief that they had helped a struggling Tar Heels program change the culture of losing and lay a foundation for future success.
Seniors see brighter future for Tar Heels' football program
The Greensboro News and Record
John Bunting was watching the applause rain down on Darian Durant during halftime of a recent basketball game when it hit him: North Carolina's football team will soon have to deal with life without its star quarterback.
Tar Heels need to assess what's left
The Burlington Times-News