ACC: Byron Bishop

UNC position battles

July, 17, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

We're moving down the alphabet here as I break down the remaining position battles to watch during summer camp. Here's a look at the jobs still open at North Carolina (you know, the place with that really pretty stadium, ha!)

Offensive guard -- Aaron Stahl and Calvin Darity started every game last year at guard. Darity returns and Stahl is moving to center. That leaves the other guard spot up for grabs between senior Byron Bishop, sophomore Alan Pelc and redshirt freshman Kevin Bryant.

Defensive tackle -- Kentwan Balmer is gone, but the Tar Heels have a lot of options at defensive tackle. Aleric Mullins is a returning starter at the other tackle position, so that leaves Marvin Austin, Cam Thomas, Tavares Brown and Tyrdreke Powell battling for the position. Butch Davis has a history of rotating several players along the defensive line, particularly at defensive tackle, so all of those guys will likely see significant playing time.

Defensive end -- E.J. Wilson returns, but Hilee Taylor does not. Replacing Taylor's production will be difficult. The competition for that spot is not as deep as at defensive tackle, but Darrius Massenburg (broke his wrist and didn't participate in spring), Darius Powell (more of a third down guy), Greg Elleby, and Vince Jacobs (a converted tight end) are in the mix with several freshmen.

Linebacker - Seniors Mark Paschal and Chase Rice and sophomores Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter return. True freshmen Zach Brown, Kevin Reddick could make an impact.

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