We’re taking a look at the biggest holes on each ACC team’s roster. Next up, North Carolina.
Area of need: Quarterback
Mitch Trubisky was terrific in 2016 … but he may have been a little too good. His work earned him raves from scouts, and that has him headed to the NFL a year earlier than North Carolina might’ve expected. There’s not much behind him on the depth chart either, which makes UNC a likely landing spot for a transfer quarterback.
Area of need: Running back
Sure, there’s a need at receiver, too, but the Tar Heels should be able to plug some holes with Jordan Cunningham, Thomas Jackson and others. At tailback, however, the departure of Elijah Hood is a huge blow to an offense that may need to rely more heavily on its ground game in 2017. Four-star recruit Michael Carter could help, but the bottom line is this will be a thin and inexperienced group.
Area of need: Defensive line
The defensive front did get better in 2016, but losing Nazair Jones to the NFL is a blow to an already thin unit. A healthy Tomon Fox with a year of experience under his belt along with the addition of 2017 recruit Jake Lawler will help a lackluster pass rush, but UNC needs to find some big boys to stuff the run up the middle.