UNC Football: Who Will the Number One Defensive Player Next Year Be?

UNC scores a lot of points. They also give up a lot. Like, ranked 56th in the nation in “points against” category. That’s not real good. Larry Fedora will bring some firepower to his incoming freshman class through recruiting but who will be the most important defensive player next season? Who will step up and lead his teammates? Who will be a dominant force on the defensive side of the football?

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Kareem Martin. That’s right. The returning senior defensive end from Roanoke Rapids, NC will be the defense’s anchor next time UNC hits the field for the coin toss. The big man, 6’6’’ 260 pounds, had 40 tackles and 4 sacks for Chapel Hill this season. The biggest part of these stats was the fact that he had some pretty off games.

Against both Idaho and Maryland, he only recorded one tackle. Now someone could argue that these were throwaway games. What about N.C. State and Virginia Tech? He he only had two tackles in each of those games.

However, against Dook, he recorded seven tackles. Against Wake Forest, Louisville, and Georgia Tech, Kareem Morgan had five tackles in every one of those games. These are all games that UNC lost. What does that mean?

It means Morgan understands his important role on the team and when everyone else is losing their heads and playing from behind, he steps up. When everything is going wrong, Kareem Martin rises to the occasion.

Sure, don’t get me wrong, the man needs consistency. However, there aren’t many guys who have their highest number of tackles in every one of their losses. The kind of determination and fortitude Morgan shows when things are going haywire exhibits leadership. Under Larry Fedora, Kareem will have another year of internalizing the system in place. It should be a fun season for the big man.

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