Nov 10, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora with linebacker Kevin Reddick (48) in the first half at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Football: Reading Between the Lines

Larry Fedora brought an exciting style of offense that came out of the gates pouring points on it’s opponents unlike any coach that has stalked the sidelines in Chapel Hill.  The Tar Heels set records throughout the year on offense in yards and points scored and even with the departure of Gio Bernard the Tar Heels offense is poised to have another great year.

The cause for concern is how the defense handled the offense in the scrimmage held in Charlotte.  The defense gave up 68 points to a triple option team as well as 38 points to a fullback converted to quarterback in their final game of the season.  Without an improved defense the Tar Heels will have a difficult time of reaching the ACC championship game in 2013.

As exciting as the offense in Chapel Hill can be the Tar Heel defense is going to have to be better in 2013 and without leaders Sylvester Williams and Kevin Reddick someone is going to have to emerge as the leader or 2013 may be more frustrating that Larry Fedora’s first year in Chapel Hill.

Tim Jackson and Kareem Martin are the obvious candidates to lead the defensive units, but until they prove it on the field I will be in a wait and see mode when it comes to this side of the team.  Travis Hughes may be the most talented player on the defense however the game day light bulb has yet to trigger with the former five star talent who chose UNC over Ohio State.

The Tar Heel defense should be a little behind Bryn Renner and the offense, however there should be some visible improvement with the 4-2-5 in the second season under coach Larry Fedora.

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