The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 19 games over the last two years, but coach Larry Fedora will be facing his biggest challenge offensively during his five-year tenure with the Tar Heels.
North Carolina lost its quarterback, its top three running backs, its three most reliable wide receivers and its three best offensive linemen. Fedora left little doubt that the amount of offensive turnover the Tar Heels experienced this offseason is rare.
“Never,” he answered when asked if he has ever faced such changes according to The News Observer. “Not to this extent. They said it was 90-something percent of the offensive production left. I don’t know how many guys have ever done that. So at least nobody that I’ve reached out to. So it’s – we’ll see.”
The biggest loss is behind center in quarterback Mitch Trubinsky, who went second overall to the Chicago Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft. With Trubinksy starting, the Tar Heels led the country with 7.28 yards per play in 2015. But in addition to its quarterback, North Carolina must replace playmakers such as Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan, Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard and Mack Hollins.
Fedora owns a 74-44 record as head coach, including 40-25 at North Carolina since 2012. He also coached Southern Mississippi from 2008-11.