Coming into the 2018 season, the UNC defensive line was expected to be a major strength for the program. Led by three upperclassmen and a talented sophomore, the unit was deep and filled with veterans.
But now, what was once certain has been called into question.
Aaron Crawford, a redshirt junior defensive tackle and leader in the trenches, went down earlier this week with a knee injury during practice, a development first reported by Spectrum News and Greg Barnes of Inside Carolina.
On Aug. 6, the staggering suspensions handed out to fellow defensive linemen Tomon Fox and Malik Carney — who each violated NCAA rules along with 11 other teammates by selling their team-issued Jordan brand shoes — shook up the depth chart. The injury to Crawford, a leader in the trenches, adds a new level of damage.
When asked earlier this summer, Crawford told The Daily Tar Heel that the 2018 defensive line is the deepest he's seen during his time at UNC.