North Carolina Tar Heels

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Stadium: Kenan Memorial Stadium
Coach: Mack Brown
SU Record: 8-4
ATS Record: 5-7-0

2021 SCHEDULE

DATE OPPONENT
Sep-3 @Virginia Tech
Sep-11 vs Georgia State
Sep-18 vs Virginia
Sep-25 vs Georgia Tech
Oct-2 vs Duke
Oct-9 vs Florida State
Oct-16 vs Miami
Oct-30 @Notre Dame
Nov-6 vs Wake Forest
Nov-11 @Pittsburgh
Nov-20 vs Wofford
Nov-26 @NC State

North Carolina Tar Heels Returning Stats Leaders

QUATERBACK CMP ATT YDS CMP% TD INT
Sam Howell 237 348 3.586 68,1 30 7
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
Michael Carter 156 1.245 8 65 9
Javonte Williams 157 1.140 7,3 65 19
British Brooks 24 99 4,1 17 0
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG LNG TD
Dyami Brown 55 1.099 20 87 8
Dazz Newsome 54 684 12,7 75 6
Khafre Brown 15 337 22,5 76 2
Garrett Watson 19 255 13,4 33 2
KICKING XPM XPA XP% FGM FGA FG%
Grayson Atkins 63 63 100 12 18 66,7
DEFENSE SOLO AST TOT SACK PD FF
Chazz Surratt 49 42 91 6 3 1
Jeremiah Gemmel 50 28 78 2,5 4 1
Cam'Ron Kelly 32 23 55 0 3 1
Don Chapman 40 8 48 2 2 0
Tomari Fox 23 23 46 4 0 0

OVERALL RETURNING PRODUCTION FOR 2021/22

OVERALL AVG OFFENSE DEFENSE
79% 77% 81%

North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina Team News and Picks

North Carolina will begin the 2021 season with a Top 25 ranking and a legitimate chance to play their way into the College Football Playoff. The Tar Heels begin the season on September 3 against the Virginia Tech Hokies in what could be a challenging game right off the bat.

This is the third season under head coach Mack Brown, and the team has shown massive improvement in each of the first two years. Fans are expected to be back without capacity limits this season, and the 2021 college football season will feel more normal again.

2020 Summary

The 2020 season for North Carolina was one of the best in school history, and it ended with a trip to the Orange Bowl. North Carolina finished the season with a record of 8-4, including 7-3 in conference action.

The Tar Heels finished in a three-way tie for third place in the ACC in 2020, which narrowly kept them out of the ACC Championship Game. A 62-26 on the road against Miami was the signature win for the Tar Heels, and that game created plenty of excitement and buzz around the program.

Key Players

Quarterback Sam Howell is easily the most important player on the roster for head coach Mack Brown, and he is one of the best players in the country. Howell put up monster numbers a season ago, and he will be one of the Heisman Trophy candidates in 2021.

On the defensive side of the ball, Tomon Fox will be one of the leaders of this team at the linebacker position. The defense returns nearly all of the starters from a season ago, and that unit has plenty of key players.

New Additions

North Carolina does return a solid group of starters from the season ago, but Mack Brown also brought in the number 14th ranked recruiting class in the country. On top of recruiting high school athletes, Brown was able to land some big pieces in the transfer portal.

The biggest addition to this team is running back Ty Chandler, and he will be on the field right away. Chandler rushed for over 2,000 yards while at the University of Tennessee, and he should fit in well with this offense.

Key Subtractions

This is where things could get difficult for North Carolina this season as they lost their four best skill players from 2020 and also their top defensive player. North Carolina did have a very deep roster in 2020, but losing this much talent could be a problem.

Running backs Michale Carter and Javonte Williams are no longer at UNC, and they were nearly unstoppable a season ago. Wide receivers Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome have moved on as well, and those were two of Howell’s favorite targets.

The defense of UNC should be strong this season, but they will be without linebacker Chazz Surratt.

Divisional Outlook

The North Carolina Tar Heels and Miami Hurricanes are both listed at +125 to win the Coastal Division this season. The next team on the list is all the way down at +1000, which means that this should be a two-team race.

Winning the Coastal Division would be a huge step for UNC, but winning the ACC is going to be a major challenge. The Tar Heels are +1000 to win the conference, while the Clemson Tigers are the favorites at -900.

North Carolina Team Offense

North Carolina averaged more than 41 points per game a season ago, and a large chunk of that production was done through the air. The Tar Heels aren’t going to challenge those numbers in 2021, but this is still a team that will be tough to stop with the Air Raid offense.

Quarterback Sam Howell is going to throw the football a ton, and the Tar Heels are going to take shots down the field. North Carolina is not going to hit on as many big running plays this season, but they have a number of running backs that can wear down opposing defenses.

North Carolina Team Defense

The defense should actually be the strength of the North Carolina football team this season as nearly all of the starters return. Trying to replace Chazz Surratt is not going to be easy, but this team is loaded at all of the other positions.

North Carolina forced just 11 total turnovers in 2020, and that will be an area that needs to improve in 2021. The Tar Heels are not one of the biggest and most physical teams in the ACC, but they do have plenty of team speed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mack Brown is currently in his second stint as head coach at North Carolina, and this will be his third year of this stint.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are members of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

North Carolina has never won a college football national championship.

Sam Howell is the starting quarterback at North Carolina.

Kenan Memorial Stadium is the home stadium of the North Carolina Tar Heels football team.

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