UNC Football: 5 dark horse Tar Heels that could break out in 2016

Nov 14, 2015; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Brandon Fritts (82) runs after a catch against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Tar Heels won 59 - 21. Mandatory Credit: Evan Pike-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2015; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Brandon Fritts (82) runs after a catch against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Tar Heels won 59 - 21. Mandatory Credit: Evan Pike-USA TODAY Sports /
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Brandon Fritts, TE, #82;  Sophomore

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Despite being a sophomore, Fritts is actually the most experienced tight end on North Carolina’s 2016 roster. All the other tight ends are either freshmen or redshirt freshmen.

Fritts is not a default breakout player for UNC, per se. Yes, he is the most experienced. However, this young man has skills also. During the 2015 season, Fritts’ standout performances came against Virginia Tech and North Carolina A&T.

Against Virginia Tech, Fritts caught three passes for 63 yards. Against North Carolina A&T, Fritts caught two touchdown passes; one from Marquise Williams and the other from Mitch Trubisky. Both touchdown catches were the Fritts’ first touchdowns for his college career.

This was not the first time that Trubisky threw a touchdown pass to Fritts. They were high school teammates in Mentor, Ohio several years ago. When Fritts was a junior, Trubisky was a senior. This Trubisky-Fritts tandem connected on 59 passes for 1,187 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Sometimes history has a knack for repeating itself. I got this feeling, inside my bones, wavey when I turn it on, all through Chapel Hill, although any home, Trubisky will throw a lot of touchdowns to Fritts in end zones. Opponents, won’t stop this feeling!