North Carolina Tar HeelsPreseason Ranking: 49OffenseOffensively we have a lot of talent returning at the skill positions. Senior QB Grant Cabral is coming off his best season yet and looks to build on it, leading our offense this year. At HB Craig Pittman will be getting as many of the carries as he can handle, since we lack depth at the HB position this year. Pittman is easily the best back on our team, and will probably be the focal point of our offense again this season. Another senior at a skill position, James Lawrence will be the leader of our receiving corps coming off back to back productive seasons. After him this group of receivers is fairly unproven, with Brian Glover being the only other guy seeing much time last year. After a decent season as the #2 TE Trevor Malone will be looking to make a large impact as the starter this season. He showed the ability to make big plays last season, and has very reliable hands. Our offensive line is going to be the weak link of our offense, and will need to buy some time for our skill players to make some plays. Senior LT Andrew Benson and Junior C Joe Arnold will anchor the line that features Benson as the lone senior. Our offensive success will largely rely on the ability of our line to be stable and allow our skill players to succeed.Defense We will probably be moving back to the Multiple D this season after the graduation of Jermaine Humphrey left us with a lack of depth at the MLB position. Senior Trevor Roberts will be a more than capable replacement though. Roberts has slightly more athleticism and will hopefully be able to dominate the middle of the field for us this year. The rest of our linebacking corps is shaky at best. RS Soph Todd McCullogh, Freshman Rob Lewis, and Freshman Brian Britt will all battle for the LOLB spot, and Senior Daivd Greene will man the ROLB. Our defensive ends will be the strength of our defense with Jason Burley returning from a solid Junior season, and RE Vernon Johnson will look to fill in and make an impact. DT will be a weakness for us this year, with RS Soph Andy Bell being the only proven player there. Seniors Rashad Morton and Marvin Kearney will battle for the 2nd DT spot when we're playing with a 4 man front. The secondary is still a work in progress for us. Last year's #2 CB Luke Smart had a rough spring and is probably our fourth best corner now. Seniors Brian Garrett and Ty Lee both had solid offseason workouts and look to lead the secondary to make improvements from the poor performances the last 2 seasons. Both safety positions will be weak for us this year as well, so there will be tremendous pressure on our corners to play tight coverage. Junior Bryce McDuffie will be pushed by true freshman Noah Burns for playing time at SS and FS will also be up for grabs between Senior Charlie Brothers and RS Junior Lawrence Davis.OverallThis is looking to be another season of hoping that our offense can outscore teams and our defense can come up with 1 or 2 stops. We're lucky to only have 3 user games in conference, and avoid the SEC in any of our OOC games. We're hoping to duplicate the success of last years team that 8 wins and build on a fairly successful conference campaign. Our goal for this season is to finish with 9 wins, and challenge for a spot in the ACC title game. Getting through GT and Miami to get there will again be tough, and may be a bit too much for us still. If we can finish the year in the Top 25 it will be a successful year for us.