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Safety Donnie Miles (15) struts down the field in celebration after snagging his first career interception against Cal.

North Carolina defense prepares for reigning Heisman

Be disciplined. Restrict the lanes. Do your job, but don’t try to do too much. That’s how North Carolina’s defense plans to stop Lamar Jackson. Even if the Tar Heels execute their game plan perfectly, though, the Louisville quarterback can still pick it apart.

Quarterback Chazz Surratt (12) lets a pass fly against California on Saturday.

COLUMN: Making the case for Chazz Surratt

Even if Brandon Harris had played well in North Carolina's season-opening 35-30 loss to California, the following would still be true: he's a one-year rental, and UNC will have a new starting quarterback at this time next season. 

Safety Donnie Miles (15) dives for an interception against Duke in 2016.

Five years, still something to prove

  Practice would be over. The final whistle would blow. The North Gwinnett Bulldogs would meet, briefly talk and then disperse after a final huddle. While most players and coaches would head to the locker room, unloading their protective gear and helmets, Donnie Miles would stick around.

Sophomore Jordon Brown (2) carries the ball in a 2016 game against Virginia.

Jordon Brown leads young running back corps

45 yards. That’s all the production returning for North Carolina’s running backs. It has been well-documented that the UNC offense has taken a massive hit, but the running back position will be feeling it the most.