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10 hours ago UNC Football: British Brooks will miss the 2022 season due to a season-ending injury
Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports Well this stinks. UNC’s football season hasn’t even started yet and we already have received some back-breaking news. Per Inside Carolina, Tar Heels running back British Brooks will miss the 2022 season after a season-ending lower body injury. At this time we do not have any specific details about exactly what kind of lower body injury it is, but what we do know is that this is a pretty big blow to the football team. Brooks showed a lot of promise last season when he got snaps, and now it’s very possible that we never see him suit up in a Carolina uniform again, as he returned to the team as a grad student. I recently wrote the positional preview for the Carolina running backs, and here is what I had to say about Brooks: As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, British Brooks will return for his graduate season with the Tar Heels, and it’s very likely that he is the starter at least for the first game of the season. He was impressive in November last season, and was especially productive yardage-wise in his 124-yard performance against NC State. He also ran the ball five times against South Carolina in the Duke Mayo Bowl for 72 yards and a touchdown, so of all of the returning backs, he is definitely the one that has proved the most in live action. Now here is the silver lining: the running back position is pretty deep this season — D.J. Jones, Caleb Hood, George Pettaway, and Omarion Hampton are all viable options for Mack Brown and Phil Longo, but the question will be which of these backs they have the most faith in. There is also the very real possibility that even before Brooks got injured that we would’ve seen a few running backs sharing snaps, so we will see which direction Brown goes in from here. Whether there’s a solution to the problem or not, losing British Brooks for the season is a huge bummer. Hopefully he will have a speedy recovery, but for the Heels, it is for sure time for the next man up. Who do you think will take Brooks’ place in the starting lineup? Let us know in the comments below.
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1 day ago UNC Football Position Previews: Linebackers
Photo by Dannie Walls/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The Carolina linebackers are a young and inexperienced group. When looking at the North Carolina Tar Heels defense, there is cautious optimism when looking at the returning talent in the secondary and on the line. The return of Gene Chizik, formally holding the title of Assistant Head Coach for Defense, brings back good memories for Carolina fans as he crafted the impressive turnaround of the UNC defense in 2015 and 2016. In spite of these factors, the weakest link of the preseason defensive outlook is the linebackers. Even before injuries at other position groups, the linebackers were thin and very inexperienced. Key Departures The linebackers lost two captains and 2021 Third Team All-ACC players Jeremiah Gemmel and Tomon Fox to graduation and the NFL. Desmond Evans and Kaimon Rucker are officially listed on the defensive line this season. Presumptive 2022 starter Eugene Asante, along with Trevion Stevenson, Alex Nobles, and Tyrone Hopper were lost to the transfer portal. Ethan West medically retired from football. Roster Outlook Head coach Mack Brown put it plainly during a training camp press conference: And we’re thin at linebacker because we only have five scholarship linebackers and only two have really played. Power played the 100 plays. Ced played a whole lot, he played 900. But then RaRa and Sebastian Cheeks, they need to come out, and Sebastian is a true freshman. And then you’ve got Deuce Caldwell, who’s been here for eight practices. So we’re not as far along in a couple of those areas as we’d like to be. But we feel like we’ve got good enough players. What we got to do is be smart and make sure that we coach them the right way. In a follow-up press conference this week, Brown spoke specifically about Power Echols: Power Echols is a machine. And then he just loves to play. He’s a little undersized, but he plays all over the field, every play. Looking into the crystal ball, the only known quantity is Noah Taylor at jack, the weakside hybrid in the 3-4 defense. The graduate transfer from Virginia was third on the Cavaliers with 69 tackles in 12 starts last season. As of writing, the presumptive starters are Echols at middle linebacker and Cedric Gray on the strong side. However, with the need to build experience at the position, expect a lot of time from RaRa Dillworth and Sebastian Cheeks. There is plenty of talent on the field- Dillworth, Echols, and Stpehens are all four-star prospects. The learning curve will be steep, but perhaps with the opportunity to be on the field and learn under the guidance of a great defensive coach in Chizik will help with their maturation. The obvious concern is injuries. With a thin and inexperienced group, this may be the biggest factor in the success of this group.

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