Oct 6, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas (3) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter as North Carolina Tar Heels defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (92) and linebacker Kevin Reddick (48) look on. The Tar Heels defeated the Hokies 48-34 at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Cover Four: Four UNC Football Positions to Watch This Spring


Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels football team are back at work this spring and to continue with my four corners edition from basketball  season this is the first installment of Cover Four dedicated to four topics in UNC football as well as topics relevant to college football across the country.

One:  Defensive tackle is the teams biggest question mark heading into the 2013 season.  The front line loses Sylvester Williams and the only recognizable name is Tim Jackson.   Shawn Underwood saw action last year as a sophomore, but with a defense that saw a bevy of games where they appeared as a sparring partner for offense the depth of the defensive line could be the biggest obstacle for North Carolina this year.

Two: With Kevin Reddick graduating the linebacker position is up for grabs this spring. Tommy Heffernan played well this past season however the most talented player yet to reach his potential is Travis Hughes.  Hughes needs to be the player everyone expected when he chose North Carolina out of high school. Darious Lipford and PJ Clyburn all are in the mix for time at the linebacker position.  Shakeel Rasheed, Junior Gnonkonde and Norkeithus Otis will be battling for the Bandit position in the defense and Brandon Ellerbe is the only player with experience listed at the Ram position.

Three: The offensive line lost Jonathan Cooper, Travis Bond and Brenan Williams to graduation however solid recruiting in the offensive live has been present for the past five years.  Kiaro Holts is former five star tackle who should shore up the right side of the line.  Russell Bodine returns at center and has a year in the up tempo offense.  The anchor of the entire line is senior James Hurst.  Hurst is arguably the best left tackle in college football and will have a chance to show in prime time when he matches up with Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina.

Four: The back up quarterback position will be interesting to watch as early enrollee Mitch Trubisky has been performing well this spring.  With Bryn Renner graduating will Larry fedora redshirt Trubisky or if he earns the back up job allow him valuable game experience heading into 2014?

 

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  • jessica oxendine

    What about WR? Davis is back, but we need more depth. Hopefully Howard and Jordan F. can help out. I’m excited abot Switzer too.