Coach: John Bunting
8-5-0, 1 year
2001 Record: 8-5
at Oklahoma LOST 27-41
at Maryland LOST 7-23
at Texas LOST 14-44
at North Carolina State WON 17-9
at Clemson WON 38-3
at Georgia Tech LOST 21-28
DUKE WON 52-17
Auburn WON 16-10

2001 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

The receivers still have a steady mix with senior Sam Aiken leading the way as a sensational deep thread. - (AP/Bart Boatwright)
2002 Outlook

After the mouth dropping three loss start to last season, the new coaching staff was able to resurrect a defensive led ball club back to respectability with a five game winning streak that culminated into the best turnaround in the nation. During their later pace, powers FSU and Auburn fell victim at the jaws of the sky blue nation. The prognosis for 2002 cannot start with the defense again as the whole group has been dismantled. The pass coverage will get better tested without the services of a devastating pass rush. Readers should not get the wrong idea; there is raw talent lining up. The early schedule may not be quite as daunting with Oklahoma out of the picture, but certainly no Saturday in the park, with people laughing, people dancing, and a man selling ice cream, singing Carolina songs. Darian Durant could be a huge factor if his glimpses of running and throwing promise unfold into the delegation. Most Tar Heel fans would have to be satisfied if Coach Bunting can get them into another Peach Bowl type of scenario and come out with another win. The status quo there might not be so bad. The season just boils down to running and tackling. That may sound simple, but with the solid offensive line/running back positives and defensive front negatives, it is anybody's guess how this thing will play out.

Projected 2002 record: 6-6

QB - 3.5 DL - 2.5
RB - 4 LB - 2
WR - 3.5 DB - 4
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Darian Durant, 142-223-10, 1843 Yards, 17 TD's

Rushing: Andre Williams, 170 att., 520 yds., 4 TD's

Receiving: Sam Aiken, 46 rec., 789 yds., 8 TD's

Scoring: Sam Aiken, 8 TD's, 48 pts.

Punting: John Lafferty, 67 punts, 39.6 avg.

Kicking: none

Tackles: Dexter Reid, 99 tot., 67 solo

Sacks: Issac Mooring, 2 sacks; Dexter Reid, 2 sacks

Interceptions: Dexter Reid, 2 for 66 yds.

Kickoff returns: Kevin Knight, 15 ret., 18.1 avg.

Punt returns: Sam Aiken, 9 ret., 8.8 avg.


OFFENSE: Ronald Curry-QB, Kory Bailey-WR, Doug Brown-TE, Adam Metts-C, Jeff Reed-K, Greg Woofter-OT (transferred), Bosley Allen-WR (dismissed)
DEFENSE: Joey Evans-DE, Anthony Perkins-DT, Ryan Sims-DT, Quincy Monk-MLB, Merceda Perry-SLB, David Thornton-WLB, Errol Hood-CB, Billy-Dee Greenwood-SS, Julius Peppers-DE (NFL)

The offensive side of the ball has a chance to be dynamite. The question may not be who is going to light the fuse, but will the fuse get lit? Another flip with the spatula says there is plenty of talent and athleticism, but there are holes that could effect the final measurement. Coaches will be working with nothing average. The off-season has played spin the bottle with much of the personnel. Just when you thought Darian Durant would be the future in Chapel Hill, with his great first year behind him that broke school freshman records for completions, TD passes, yards passing, and total offense while rotating with senior Ronald Curry, he announces in January that he is transferring. C.J. Stephens is handed the reigns, and then one month later Durant changes his mind and declares he is staying put, leaving the quarterback spot in great shape depth wise and talent wise. This might be one of the better one-two QB combinations out there. Then the drama heightens as starting tackle Greg Woofter does transfer. The best receiver Bosley Allen gets injured in the spring and then gets dismissed from the team. The roller coaster rides on. The receivers still have a steady mix with senior Sam Aiken leading the way as a sensational deep thread. Chesley Borders is another fine receiver outside the haystack to keep an eye one. Bosley Allen could have made this group one of the Top 10 units in the nation. His loss should sting. The top three rushers from last fall return led by Andre Williams. The armchair specialists are curious to see if one of them can step up and become the dip for the chip. Even with the loss of tackle Woofter, the front line just may be the strength of the team. One of our All-Name team players, Jupiter Wilson, has the size and gifts to take up the slack on the other side. It seems recruiting has put a premium on getting after blockers. That formula just might pay nice dividends for 2002 as some of the skill positions will need time to settle in.


Returning Starters in Bold
QB Darian Durant-So C.J. Stephens-Jr
FB Madison Hedgecock-So James Faison-Jr
TB Willie Parker-Jr Andre' Williams-Jr
WR Chesley Borders-Sr Brandon Russell-Jr
WR Sam Aiken-Sr Jarwarski Pollock-So
TE Zach Hilton-Sr Bobby Blizzard-Jr
OT Skip Seagraves-So Justin Barton-So
OG Jupiter Wilson-Jr Arthur Smith-Fr
C Jason Brown-So Steven Bell-Fr
OG Jeb Terry-Jr Marcus Wilson-Jr
OT Willie McNeill-So Jonas Seawright-So
K Dan Omer-Jr Jonathan Cork-Sr



Where should the analysis start? If preseason predictors were to look at the numbers on Carolina's defense, some might conclude on heckuva long season is in store for the Heels. Three starters back at best. The entire front has been dismantled from a year ago, which includes the best out there in Julius Peppers (see NFL draft) and Ryan Sims (see NFL draft). No way can that be reproduced. The only bonus may be that tackle Will Chapman should be ready for the start of the season following a knee injury. If he has trouble returning things could get ugly. Even more of a concern is the linebacking unit. Only one start between all the incumbents is available leaving an experience gap larger than a Kitty Hawk sand dune. Nailing down a starting lineup may prove difficult. Look for a hundred different experiments. A couple of defensive backs will need to find ways of handling the Elmer's. Cornerback Michael Waddell and free safety Dexter Reid will be called upon to be the glue. The other two backfield slots need new bodies. If Kevin Knight can elevate his game at corner, the results could be extremely positive. No buttering the corn, on paper the defensive backs are about the only positive aspect on the D. The front wall and middle grill are a definite project.


Returning Starters in Bold
DE Issac Mooring-Jr Jermicus Banks-So
DT Will Chapman-Jr Donti Coats-Jr
DT Eric Davis-Sr Darryl Grant-Jr
DE Jocques Dumas-So Larry Jessup-So
SLB Clarence Gaddy-So Clay Roberson-Jr
MLB Sean Williams-Sr Devllen Bullard-So
WLB Malcolm Stewart-Sr Martin Jernigan-So
CB Michael Waddell-Sr Derrick Johnson-Jr
CB Kevin Knight-Sr Chris Hawkins-So
SS Chris Curry-So DeFonte Coleman-Sr
FS Dexter Reid-Jr Michael Harris-Jr
P John Lafferty-Sr Paul Roberts-So
Darian Durant could be a huge factor if his glimpses of running and throwing promise unfold into the delegation. - (ALLSPORT)