The DTH has spoken with coach Roggie for an insider look at the upcoming season. "I feel pretty excited about the upcoming season," coach Roggie told us. "We have a lot of returning talent, and there are a few new faces that are ready to contribute right away." According to ESPN's recruiting insider, Tom Luginbill, the Heels had the number 8 recruiting class in the nation. On the ranking, Roggie was heard saying, "We all know that the apocalypse is coming after this season. We went out and got kids who we knew would contribute to this team right away, since they'll only have one season to do so. But we all know online rankings mean nothing. That 3 star could be an All American, and some 4 star kid could be someone we didn't deem as an important piece. It's all opinionated." But, when asking coach Roggie to break down his roster, he happily gave his own write up for us. Most people forget that Roggie has a degree in journalism. Offense: Quarterbacks: Once again, former 5 star recruit Brad Dailey will enter the season as the starter, but the leash is extremely short. Expect Luke Fontenot to continue to see the field, along with 4 star QB Darren Gordon. Last year's 3rd string QB Jamaal Mills will go back to his role that was expected of him: teaching the younger players. RS Freshman Justin Johnson may also see the field. Halfbacks: With Chris Hill, the bruising halfback, graduated, expect there to be a revolving door in the backfield. Expected Junior starter Gerald Robinson did not show much improvement in the offseason, and the rest of the corps has caught up to him. Marcus McIntosh, a RS Sophomore, will be pushing Robinson all year for the number 1 spot on the depth chart. RS Soph Jimmy Dunlap, who struggled mightily as a RS Freshman last season, will take the 3rd or 4th spot on the depth chart, while 5 star recruit Michael Chavez will fill in the other spot. Expect all 4 to receive carries in most games, along with Brad Dailey spotlighting at HB. Also, 3 star Junior College transfer Colby Sanders may also see time, being the fastest player in the backfield. Sean Campbell looks likely to play special teams and only see the field in mop up duty. Fullback: Nate Ward will continue his role as the fullback. Wide Receiver: The Wide Receiver position seems to be troubling. With speedster Sean Tapley and the steady Matt Calhoun graduating, experience is extremely thin. RS Junior Chad Perkins is the leading candidate for the number 1 wideout spot, and is also the leading returning receiver, with 14 grabs. RS Senior Jesse Brown looks to be the starter on the opposite side. Senior Phillip Garrett, the tall speedster, appears to be ready to move into his role in the slot, while Soph Terrence Neal will be taking the 4th wide receiver role. RS Soph Kellen Davis may see the field in short yardage situations. Tight End: Much maligned Tight End Kelvin Kerr has graduated, leaving the starting spot wide open. 4 star Freshman Brian Wilson appears ready to step in and take the job right away. "I came here to play, not sit on the bench. I want to help this team forget Kelvin Kerr. I refuse to allow myself to take over his nickname, and I WILL hold on to the ball when it is thrown my way." Senior David Mack will see the field often in 2 TE sets. Terrell Holmes will be pushing Mack for the second string spot. There could be fluctuation on the depth chart, as all 3 are very similar in ability. Tackle: With the graduation of 3 year starter TJ Leifheit, the Left Tackle job will be taken over by 4 star freshman Ben Hunt. The backup spot will be filled by another 4 star freshman, Ross Walker. Expect to see both play. RS Soph Logan Brink, pass blocking extraordinaire, will take over the starting job for the departed James Hurst, another 3 year starter. RS Freshman Mike Scott will be the backup. Guard: Andrew McDaniel, the true senior, will move over to Left Guard for the upcoming season. McDaniel is one of the smartest players on the team, and NFL mock drafts are projecting him to have first or second round potential. 4 star recruit James Marshall will serve as the reserve. Right Guard will be filled by TJ Wilcox, last year's backup at both guard positions. Behind him will be Mike Darby, a former JUCO transfer. Center: The Tar Heels finally have depth at Center, with Florida transfer, and the most out of shape player in the nation, Mike Kramer taking over the starting job. Backing him up will be last year's starter, Lionel Meadows, who is assured playing time due to Kramer's embarrassing conditioning. "We've tried all we can to get him into shape. It's just impossible. Florida's high octane offense almost made him have a heart attack. We are hoping our slower paced offense will help him out. And when he gets tired, he can just come off the field and rest, since the no huddle is not a plan in our offense." Kevin Salas will fill perform mop up duty. Defense: Right End: Former JUCO linebacker Christian Henry will start the season off as the starting end. Expect Soph Greg Young and the new 4 star ends Corey McCutcheson and Jeremy Temple to push him for that job. Left End: The premier spot on the defensive line will be taken over by last year's starting Right End, Junior Bernard Parker. He has been able to see some great linemen fill that spot in the past seasons, and he is anxious for his turn. 4 star recruits Joe Powers and Michael Rich will back him up. Defensive Tackle: Junior David Dixon is ready to assume the number 1 spot in the DT rotation. Next to him to start games will be RS Junior Ryan Robinson, a former JUCO transfer. Pushing Robinson for that spot will be RS JR Isaac Harris, Mark Richard, a Soph, and 4 star Freshmen Tyson Rogers and Michael Robinson, Ryan's younger brother. Right Outside Linebacker: Senior Brad Perez returns to his starting spot on the right side of the front seven. Perez had a mediocre Junior season, but is ready to step up and lead the front seven this season. Behind him will be Junior Brandon Brown and RS Freshman Antwan Newsome, who may end up seeing playing time just due to his athleticism. Bryan Wright, a 4 star OLB, will play on special teams. Middle Linebacker: Shocking news out of camp. RS Senior Bryan Palmer has shown insane improvement in the offseason, and may take the job away from last season's starter Tim Wilson. Expect to see a rotation of the two, with Palmer on the field in passing situations and Wilson playing in running situations. former 4 star Strong Safety Marcus Warren will be the 3rd string MLB. Left Outside Linebacker: Sophomore Jake Rodriguez will keep his job, after being the most improved player in camp. "His development has been shocking. I've never before seen a player make the gains he has made so quickly. His football sense is outstanding. He was a big reason for our success last year. Expect to see him continue to spotlight on offense, as his athleticism reminds me of former Virginia Tech Hokie Macho Harris, who I worked with when I was the Linebackers coach at Va Tech, in his ability to be a star on defense and a playmaker on offense." Backing him up will be the original starter last season, Hunter Washington, with Ryan Bradford behind him. Cornerback: With the graduation of former All American Mywan Jackson, Senior Jeremy Jackson, Mywan's younger cousin, will assume the starting role. Playing along side of him will be JUCO transfer Michael Fox, who shined in the Nickel role last year. Taking over his Nickel role will be 4 star Freshman Chris Matthews, who may be the most athletic of the three. In the rarely used Dime formation, either Luke Smith or Alvin McBride, both RS Seniors, will play. Free Safety: Look to see a rotation of Junior Cortez Doyle and RS Senior Corey Bell for the Free Safety spot. Both players are pretty even in their games, and this will keep each player fresh for later in games. Taking over the 3rd string spot will be former JUCO transfer Shawn Eaton, a Junior. Eaton was also last season's punt returner, but will not return in that role. Strong Safety: Defensive star Frank Johnson decided to return for his senior season in an attempt to lead UNC to another conference championship and BCS win. "Part of me was prepared to go pro after winning the Fiesta Bowl last season. But after putting my name in the draft and hearing what teams were saying about me, I decided to come back and prove them wrong. I plan on being the top Safety in the nation this season." Johnson is also prepared to play some Cornerback, in a worst case scenario. Behind him will be Sophomores Quincy Baker and Paris Wilkinson. Baker forced 3 fumbles on only 8 tackles last season, and would like to continue to put fear into the other team. Wilkinson will attempt to do the same, as he forced 1 fumble in only 2 tackle attempts. Special Teams: Kicker: Freshman All American kicker Kevin Booker will be the team's primary kicker on field goals and kickoffs. He was 8-8 on field goals last season with a long of 47, and was 7-7 on PATs. Booker is known as having one of the strongest legs in the nation, although his accuracy can waver at times. Punter: RS Senior Doug Hopkins returns to his role as punter for the Tar Heels. He will be spending the entire season punting, instead of kicking and punting. He may come into games for late field goal attempts at close range due to experience and accuracy, though. Kick Returner: Freshman Chris Matthews and Senior Phillip Garrett will handle kick return duties. Punt Returner: Coach Roggie has chosen Sean Campbell to start the season returning punts.