With the departure of Giovani Bernard, some constituents within Tar Heel Nation believe that the North Carolina Tar Heels will not have a potent offense. These people fail to realize that there were several players who contributed on offense this past season. Next season, these players will have bigger roles in the offense.
I project the starters for the 2013 season to be Bryn Renner (quarterback), Russell Bodine (center), David Collins (guard), Landon Turner (guard), A.J. Blue (running back), Romar Morris (running back), T.J. Leifheit (tackle), James Hurst (tackle), Eric Ebron (tight end), Sean Tapley (wide receiver), and Quinshad Davis (wide receiver). UNC’s head coach, Larry Fedora, uses a west coast offense. Carolina may start either two running backs in the backfield, opt to use three wide receivers in their offensive set. If Fedora uses three wide receivers along with a single back, then expect for T.J. Thorpe to get the starting nod.
Incoming freshman stud, T.J. Logan, could impact who starts at the running back position. Rivals.com ranks Logan as the No. 2 overall player in the top 30 prospects from the state of North Carolina. Logan attended high school in Greensboro, North Carolina at Northern Guilford High. Logan is also a Parade All-American Honorable Mention winner.
Another freshman who may have a huge impact is Khris Francis. He is a three-star running back who attended Durham Hillside High, which is located in Durham, North Carolina. Each of these freshmen may be kickoff returners and punt returners. According to the Daily Tar Heel, Fedora has gone on record by stating that he anticipates Logan and Francis playing during the upcoming season. In addition, Fedora stated that he “didn’t anticipate going through the season with just Blue and Morris.”