Top UNC Football players for 2018: No. 18 Beau Corrales

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Beau Corrales
CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Beau Corrales /

Keeping It Heel continues its countdown of the top 25 football players on the North Carolina Tar Heels’ roster with player No. 18

#25 Dyami Brown | #24 Johnathon Sutton | #23 Matthew Flint | #22 JT Cauthen | #21 Offensive Line | #20 Freeman Jones | # 19 Myles Wolfolk

The college football season kicks off in about three-and-a-half months, and it will be here before we know it.

The NFL Draft has come and gone, and a lot of teams are in the middle of spring workouts. With football on our minds, we decided to take a look at the upcoming season for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Let’s take a look at player No. 18, a sophomore wide receiver who provided the quarterbacks with a big target to throw to.

Position: Wide Receiver

Hometown: Georgetown, Texas

High School: Georgetown

Last Season: Despite appearing in only eight games last season, Corrales had an impact on the Tar Heels, who were in desperate need of play makers at the wide receiver position. Corrales finished the season with nine receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

Corrales’ best game came in a 24-19 loss to Miami. In that game, Corrales had four catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns. The two scores helped UNC get within five points and almost pull the upset against an undefeated Canes team.

Why he might move up this list: Of all the wide receivers UNC brought in last season, Dazz Newsome and Corrales were the only two to play as true freshmen. This gives Corrales a step up on other players who will also be looking for playing time.

At 6-foot-4 and 205-pounds, Corrales offers a big target that can stretch the field and be dangerous in the red zone.

Why he might move down this list: Corrales is the third receiver to make this list and there are several more to come. Wide receiver is an area of depth for the Tar Heels, and it will be on Corrales to earn those snaps at the position.

One of those guys is Josh Cabrera, who is a year older and offers similar skills as Corrales. Cabrera also posted similar stats as Corrales while playing in two fewer games.

Prediction: When discussing JT Cauthen, I saw him more as the Bug Howard type of receiver. Not to give much away, but lets assume that Anthony Ratliff-Williams holds on to the Ryan Switzer role. That leaves the Mack Hollins spot available and Corrales has the skills and size to seize it.

Next: Brandon Fritts' season in jeopardy?

Corrales has a breakout season in 2018, stretching the field and finishing with 27 catches for 510 yards and six touchdowns.