Much has been written about the fact that the UNC offense will have to find a way to replace over 98% of its offensive production from 2016. With the loss of arguably the most gifted quarterback in Tar Heel history, plus two drafted running backs and four-year standouts Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard, and Mack Hollins, that’s understandable.
But for all of that talent, North Carolina quietly produced its lowest scoring average of the Fedora era in 2016. Looking back on it, there were several games in which the much-maligned defense played well enough to win, and the offense simply didn’t, including Duke (27-28), NCSU (21-28), and Stanford (23-25). The most common explanations tend to point to “skill” players. You’ve probably heard it: Hollins got hurt, and no one else could take the top off of a defense, so everything clogged up.

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