You won't find the name of T.J. Yates on any pre-season All-American or all-conference lists. Nor will you find Yates on the watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award given annually to college football's best quarterback. But if you ask anyone associated with North Carolina's football program who is the one player the Tar Heels can't live without in 2009, Yates is the first name mentioned.
Tar Heels' hopes depend on QB Yates
The Fayetteville Observer
Between the records and SportsCenter highlights, receiver Hakeem Nicks was the face of North Carolina football by the end of the 2008 season.
With Nicks now in the NFL, the first-round pick of the New York Giants, the Tar Heels need a new identity, and it's probably going to be on the other side of the football.
UNC defense prepared to take on leading role
The News and Observer
The knob reported to The Citadel last month with no football scholarship, a famous last name and a likely redshirt season in his future.
On Saturday, he's slated to start at running back for the Bulldogs against No. 21 North Carolina, in front of some 60,000 fans against one of the nation's most highly regarded defenses.
Ready or not, it's Remi time
The Charleston Post and Courier