That is the phrase that best describes the difference between North Carolina's defense and offense.
There is much room for improvement on this offensive squad, but in this slideshow I break down which positions are solid and which needs the most improvement.
Come along as I grade the UNC offense in their Spring report card.
There are obvious problems at the quarterback position. T.J. Yates threw more interceptions last year than touchdowns. That is a big problem.
We cannot blame it all on Yates, we will look at the receivers shortly, but he needs to work on not throwing into coverage or quite simply throwing it to the opponent.
Renner, a highly-touted redshirt freshman, has received much attention; especially, after his performance at the Spring Game. He has kept the Tar Heel fans and reporters talking.
Yates will likely be the opening game quarterback with Renner waiting for his chance to get on the field. If Yates under performs there is little doubt that Renner will get his chance.
If that happens we will be seeing UNC's future at work, but the present may or may not be what we want. If is yet to be determined. For now the UNC quarterbacks get a C-.
The running game is not as bad as the passing game, but the current running backs need to step up their game.
Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston will carry the ball the majority of the time. I think that true freshman Giovanni Bernard may be given a chance with the lack of depth and talent at the position.
We all know how dreadful the offense was last year, and the running game really was not a bright spot.
The Tar Heels ranked 76th in rushing yards last season with 1727yards, according to ESPN. They only scored 14 rushing touchdowns and the longest run was a dismal 44 yards. The numbers must improve next season.
Draughn must stay healthy since he is the main back, and Houston must improve his short-yardage pickup so that he is a feared back.
The key may be getting depth from Giovanni Bernard though. If he can provide yards this will be a solid group.
I have to give them a C because they are quite simply a middle-of-the-pack squad right now.
I will give the wide receivers a B- because they are primed to improve. They were young last season with only one semi-experienced player, Greg Little.
Greg Little will be the leader of the group, and not a bad one at that. I am expecting a breakout year from him. He proved himself in the Meineke Car Care Bowl with some outstanding grabs. Now if he can stay away from the stupid penalties he will be an All-ACC receiver.
The other projected starting wide receiver is sophomore Erik Highsmith. Highsmith caught 37 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns in 2009.
The rest of the depth chart will also be filled with inexperienced yet talented players: Jheranie Boyd, Dwight Jones, and Joshua Adams all are expected to make a difference.
Dwight Jones is the player who could have a breakthrough year, and if he does B- would be too low for this group.
With the talent on this squad I have to give them a B-.
Tight end is an increasingly more important position in football. More teams are finding ways to get the tight end involved in the passing game than ever before.
Starting North Carolina tight end Zack Pianalto was one of T.J. Yates favorite targets before Pianalto went down with injury.
Pianalto is a very good tight end, and frequently gets mentioned as one of the top tight end prospects for next year’s NFL Draft. In 2009, Pianalto caught 33 passes for 334 yards and one touchdown, according to ESPN.
If Pianalto can stay injury-free, and improve on last season other teams had better watch out.
Pianalto will be backed-up by senior Ed Barham and possibly freshman Quinton Alton who has little football experience.
Barham will be a decent blocking tight end, and will catch a few passes. It has yet to be seen what Alton can do.
The starting tight end will be strong, but the depth will be shaky. I will give them a B+.
I will have to give the offensive line a low grade due to injuries and the fact that they are unproven.
The starting lineup will more than likely look like this: left tackle Carl Gaskins, left guard Alan Pelc, center Jonathan Cooper, right guard Travis Bond, and right tackle Mike Ingersoll.
There is a good mixture of upper-classmen and lower-classmen on the line, but Gaskins and Pelc have been injured keeping them out of Spring Practice. These two must get better just so that the line can be slightly above average.
The only way they can get above a C- level is for the depth to improve. The key players who can provide depth are sophomore Brennan Williams and junior Cam Holland along with true freshmen James Hurst and T.J. Leifheit who is also injured. Leifheit’s injury will definitely push him back in the depth chart for the time being.
Reports are that Hurst looks good earlier which would be huge news for this line, and ultimately for T.J. Yates and the whole team.
Due to injuries and no previous success, I cannot rate this line above a C-.
I will give the offense as a whole a C. They are mediocre at this point.
If they can stop shooting themselves in the foot by limiting turnovers and silly penalties they can be much improved.
Until then they deserve a C.