Tar Heels Expecting Big Things In '09

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina has experience at
quarterback and on defense heading into the upcoming season. That
could set up the Tar Heels for a big year under third-year coach
Butch Davis.

The Tar Heels went 8-5 last year, including a 4-4 mark in the
Atlantic Coast Conference. They lost to West Virginia at the
Meineke Bowl in Charlotte.

The defense returns nine starters from a unit that ranked among
the nation's best at picking off passes last year. That group
includes defensive tackle Marvin Austin, linebackers Quan
Sturdivant and Bruce Carter, and cornerback Kendric Burney.

On offense, the Tar Heels have returning starter T.J. Yates at
quarterback and Shaun Draughn at running back. They just have to
replace three receivers who were all NFL draft picks.


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