UNC Football Position Preview: The Big Guys Up Front

Matt SmithSenior Analyst IJuly 23, 2008

As my position preview of the 2008 Tar Heels continues we get to the positions that many casual fans overlook, the offensive line.

Any diehard football fan can tell you that the big men up front set the tone for the entire season and that their success determines the success for the entire team.

With that said, here is your starting offensive line for the 2008 Tar Heels.


LT Kyle Jolly

Jolly is coming off of a foot injury but should be in good shape to start the season off.

The junior lineman is coming back to protect Yate's blind side and the left tackle's job of protecting the quarterback is a large one that Jolly is eager to take on.

In his second year under offensive line coach Sam Pittman, Jolly looks to continue the success the o-line had at the end of last season and make huge holes for running back Greg Little to race through.


LB Bryon Bishop

With former LG Aaron Stahl moving to center during the offseason, Bishop will be the only non-returning starter on the offensive line this season.

Bishop is a senior this year and even though he has not taken many snaps, three years of experience is hard to come by.

Look for bishop to succeed under the tutelage of Davis and the rest of the experienced, veteran offensive line in 2008.


C Aaron Stahl

Junior Aaron Stahl takes over the middle of the offensive line with the departure of Scott Lenahan.

Stahl has starting experience under his belt and as long as the center to quarterback exchange goes well throughout the season the Heels should be in good shape at the center position.


RG Calvin Darity

Darity is entering his third year as a starter and looks to excel as the rest of the linemen have gained experience.

Darity made 24 consecutive starts, showing not only that he as the football skills to excel at his position but the durability to last a complete season.

With Darity and RT Garret Reynolds heading the attack on the right side, the Tar Heels have a strong and senior led side to set the tone for the big games.


RT Garret Reynolds

As stated earlier Reynolds, a senior, is also entering his third year as a starter for this Tar Heel squad.

Reynolds has a high octane motor that sets the tone for the entire line and if the Heels have success, Reynolds could be an All-ACC candidate by season's end.

Experience again can not be understated in regard to an offensive line and Reynolds has the experience and rive needed to be a top caliber tackle in the ACC.


That's it for the offensive linemen, next up the talented wide receivers and tight ends.

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