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Thursday, August 13, 2009
UNC OT will miss season with torn ACL

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

North Carolina sophomore offensive tackle Carl Gaskins tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Wednesday morning's practice, and will miss the entire 2009 season, the school announced Thursday. Gaskins played in five games in 2008 and was competing for playing time this fall at left tackle.

This news comes one day after the school announced offensive lineman Kevin Bryant left the team. The Raleigh News & Observer reported that Bryant, the biggest player on UNC's roster, was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female on July 1.

The offensive line was a position of concern for the Tar Heels to begin with this summer, and it's only gotten worse as the numbers have gotten smaller. Depth is a real concern here, and Gaskins had a real shot at earning a starting job this fall. And don't forget about Aaron Stahl, a projected starter who graduated and left the team in May.

Between the lack of depth at offensive line and the inexperience at wide receiver, the Tar Heels could be off to a rocky start and will no doubt be depending heavily upon their defense.

In addition to the news about Gaskins, UNC announced senior tight end Ryan Taylor sprained the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee during Tuesday's practice. He is expected to be out of action for approximately one month.