North Carolina Tar Heels Football Season Preview History
2015 North Carolina Football Preview:
The North Carolina Tar Heels struggled through much of the 2014 season, losing 7 games, and boasting one of the worst defenses in the ACC. But the Tar Heels come into 2015 with a more talented team, and tons of optimism. Senior quarterback Marquise Williams will orchestrate a talented offense that scored more than 30 points in 8 games last season. Key members of the North Carolina Tar Heels 2015 offense will be Quinshad Davis, and T.J. Logan. But it is the defensive side of the ball that should see the biggest improvement for UNC in 2015. The Tar Heels are projected to start 6 seniors, to go along with only 3 underclassmen. Senior free safety Sam Smiley will try and position himself as a top defensive back in the ACC. If Tar Heels can improve on the defensive side of the ball, they have an opportunity to surprise many teams in the ACC Coastal division, and may be able to dethrone Georgia Tech for the division crown. Top games on the 2015 North Carolina Tar Heels Schedule are at Georgia Tech, and at home against Virginia, and Duke.
2014 North Carolina Football Preview:
The Tar Heels rebounded from 2012’s postseason ban by winning 7 games in 2013, including a rout of Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. North Carolina comes into 2014 with visions of an ACC Championship. Marquise Williams, who started 6 games in 2013, will be the clear starter at quarterback. He will be in charge of Larry Fedora’s dangerous spread attack, and will have help from talented skill position players like Kendrick Singleton and T.J. Logan. North Carolina’s defense will start 8 upperclassmen, making them one of the most experienced groups in the ACC. An early season matchup at East Carolina should be the most interesting game of the Tar Heels non-conference schedule. North Carolina’s ACC schedule starts at Clemson, and includes key games against Virginia Tech on October 4th, and at Duke on November 20th.
2013 North Carolina Football Preview:
In his first season as the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Larry Fedora brought with him a spread offense that averaged 40 points per game. The Tar Heels will need to replace over 1,200 yards on the ground with the departure of Giovani Bernard, but senior quarterback Bryn Renner returns after throwing for 3,356 yards and 28 touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Quinshad Davis returns after a huge freshman season. Quinshad led the Tar Heels with 61 catches for 776 yards and five touchdowns. He also surpassed 100 receiving yards in each of his final three games. The defense will need to play much better than they did in 2012, but signs point to this unit improving this season with the leadership from senior defensive end Kareem Martin. Once again eligible to win the ACC and earn a trip to a bowl game, Fedora’s team should be in position for both by the end of the season.
2011 North Carolina Football Preview:
Perhaps the biggest obstacle the North Carolina football team faces this season is overcoming off the field distractions. With the future up in the air, the Tar Heels will rely on veteran leadership to once again be competitive in the ACC.
The biggest hole that North Carolina offense is the loss of quarterback T.J. Yates, but the offense makes up for that with a slew of talented skill players. Dwight Jones and Erik Highsmith will provide whoever's under center with two excellent targets, and running back Ryan Houston will offer a spark out of the backfield.
The strength of the defense will be up front, specifically in the form of defensive ends Quinton Coples and Donte Paige-Moss. The pair will provide a considerable rush from the ends that will give opposing signal callers serious issues. Linebacker Kevin Reddick will be a solid stop against the run, and the secondary, though young, should be able to step up after they get back three players who were suspended last year. It should make the team a formidable foe, keeping them in the ACC hunt in 2011.
2010 North Carolina Football Preview:
Long-time fans of the North Carolina Tar Heels football team have got to like the direction of the program. In 2006, the university promised that it would fund the club with as much money as the school's storied men's and women's basketball teams. In 2007, UNC football won over one of the best recruiting classes in school history. And head coach Butch Davis - former coach of the Cleveland Browns - has led the Tar Heels to back-to-back bowl games in his short tenure.
Entering the 2010 season, Davis has the luxury of a mature and experienced team that he has helped develop in his three years as coach. Specifically, no team in the competitive ACC has as many returning starters on defense as North Carolina, who will bring back nine. In the secondary, safety Deunta Williams and cornerback Kendric Burney have 76 starts between them.
In addition, the Tar Heels have a defensive sparkplug in DE Robert Quinn, who last year tallied 11 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss. The tight defensive unit and depth at the running back position, led by Ryan Houston, should put UNC in place to improve upon last year's 4-4 conference record.
2009 North Carolina Football Preview:
Head Coach: Butch Davis
Things are looking promising for the North Carolina Tar Heels heading into the 2009 season. Tar Heels Head Coach Butch Davis is doing exactly what experts expected him to do when he took the job; Davis is stocking the team with top-notch talent and starting to rack of wins. Butch Davis has been known as one of the best recruiters in college football since his days at Miami. Pairing his abilities with a school like UNC has meant big things for the Heels football program. Expect to see North Carolina assert themselves as one of the top teams in the ACC and make a run at a BCS bowl in 2009.
2008 North Carolina Football Preview:
Head Coach: Butch Davis
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels football team is an exciting one to watch this coming season as experienced head coach Butch Davis (University of Miami, Cleveland Browns) looks to improve on his first season, and plans to compete for an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coastal Division title, and an ACC Conference Championship. UNC has a great football tradition to live up to, and they seem to be on the right track to get back to success. Attend a game at scenic Kenan Stadium and watch Davis lead his team back to national contention.