Although often masked by the disappointment of an inefficient offense and a less-than-perfect conference record, the sixth-ranked North Carolina defense was the bright spot of last year’s football season.
For safety Deunta Williams, it just was not bright enough.
“We were outstanding last year,” he said. “I remember one game we held a team to zero percent on third down. We were third in the nation in third downs, and we still felt like that wasn’t good enough.”
Soon after the Tar Heels’ 19-17 loss to Pittsburgh in the Meineke Car Care Bowl last December, UNC got a much-needed pick-me-up when Williams and cornerback Kendric Burney announced they would bypass the 2010 NFL draft and return to Chapel Hill for their senior seasons.
Coupled with the return of safety Da’Norris Searcy and cornerback Charles Brown, the experienced secondary is sure to help make UNC’s dream of becoming the top defense in the nation a realistic one.