North Carolina running backs Michael Carter and Javonte Williams dominated headlines last fall when they earned their way onto the national stage as an All-American backfield pairing.
People enjoy watching in awe as someone other than the Michael Jordans or Tom Bradys of a team step into the spotlight for an impressive breakout season à la Carter and Williams.
With UNC's spring sports gearing up in Chapel Hill, here are three athletes who could be poised to solidify themselves as leaders over the next few months.
Carly Peck — Volleyball
With star outside hitter Destiny Cox transferring to Texas A&M following the end of UNC's volleyball season this fall, sophomore outside hitter Carly Peck should be primed to take over a much larger role.
Peck appeared in 26 matches as a true first-year and started in five of them. She racked up 116 kills and finished with the fifth-most total blocks on the team (46) while spending time at the same position as Cox in 2019.
The former ACC Freshman of the Week has carried that momentum into her sophomore year during the fall portion of the 2020 season, earning 11 total blocks in 26 sets to go with her 133 total attacks.
With Cox no longer in the picture, it seems all but guaranteed that Peck could have a monster conclusion to the 2020-2021 season this spring.