Dré Bly would say that "Blue Heaven," his name for Chapel Hill, is the place to be for defensive backs in college football.
The North Carolina football program’s new, but familiar, cornerback coach has brought the same energy and expectation that he had as a standout cornerback for the Tar Heels from 1996-1998. He is outgoing on social media and has already landed a few top recruits for UNC.
As a player, Bly gathered 20 interceptions and was the first three-time All-American in the ACC, but now he must prove himself as a coach.
The UNC legend is inheriting a secondary that was a part of the No. 95 defense in the country last season, according to Football Outsiders. The Tar Heels allowed over 228 passing yards per game and gave up 1.5 touchdowns through the air each week.
There is plenty of room for improvement in the secondary. The good news for the Tar Heels is they have talent and experience returning at both corner and safety.