CHAPEL HILL Even with the departures of Sylvester Williams and Kevin Reddick, the two best players on North Carolina's defense a season ago, coach Larry Fedora entered the preseason with optimism that his defense would improve on its sometimes suspect play in 2012. Since the start of the preseason, though, the defense has been decimated by injuries. Bandit Shakeel Rashad and safety Sam Smiley, two potential starters, will miss the season because of injuries. During practices in the middle of preseason camp, it wasn't uncommon for the defense to practice without several players nursing ailments...
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