Despite the recent COVID outbreaks on campus, and the university’s decision to continue instruction via online platforms, football games are still expected to begin next month. With that universal understanding acknowledged, we continue out position previews with the linebacking corps. A noticeable weakness on the field for the better part of a decade, the Heels’ linebackers showed glimpses last season of becoming a strength for the defense. Here’s a quick rundown.
Like much of UNC’s roster, the linebackers return almost all of their production from last season. Swiss Army knife nickelbacker Dominique Ross graduated, but first-team All-ACC selection Chazz Surratt returns, along with junior Jeremiah Gemmel and senior outside linebacker Tomon Fox.