Playing a key role on the team was North Carolina verbal commit Morgan Randall, who was counted on for more than just his on-field ability.
"The first role is, the team voted him as one of the team captains," said Thomas. "Morgan's not a very verbal person, but he practices hard and he's a great leader, and showed a lot of leadership this year. He's the only player we had that went both ways all year. He never came off the field and did a great job on both sides of the ball."
Randall, a 6-foot-6 245-pounder, started at both tight end and defensive tackle for Rose. On offense, Randall was used mostly as a run blocker, but was still able to pull in eight catches for 108 yards and three touchdowns.
On defense, Randall recorded 48 tackles (32 solo) including 16 for a loss and seven sacks. He also recovered a fumble, broke up three passes, and forced ten quarterback hurries.
In spite of all that, the Tar Heels plan to move Randall to the offensive line.
"North Carolina is going to move him to offensive tackle and I think he'll do a great job there," said Thomas. "He has the frame to gain a lot of weight. I don't think he's quite fast enough to play defensive end or tight end, but that could be a possibility. If he can keep the speed he has and foot quickness, and gain weight he'll fit the mold for a Division I tackle."
In addition to his accomplishments on the football field, Randall is also a great student and will have no problem qualifying. He has already recorded a 1400 on the SATs and owns a 4.0 grade-point-average.
The special attention he pays to education played a major role in his decision to commit to North Carolina back in July.
"He's looking down the road," said Thomas. "He wants to get involved in with the medical school. His father and his grandfather are medical doctors and they both graduated from there. He chose Carolina because he's looking out for when he's done with football more than anything."
Randall, who plans to only officially visit Chapel Hill, has yet to take the official trip.