The North Carolina football team added nine transfers to its roster last week, including three offensive players, four defensive players and two specialists.
The incoming transfer class is ranked No. 12 in the nation per the 247Sports Composite and features experienced players on both sides of the ball, including standouts from the ACC, MAC, Sun Belt and American Athletic Conference.
While the Tar Heels had a productive season on offense – ranking 19th in the country – defensively, the team struggled for the majority of the season. North Carolina finished the season ranked 116th in total defense and last in the ACC. The team gave up an average of 6.14 yards per play and 436.5 yards per game and dropped four consecutive games to end the season with a 9-5 record.
Transfers on both sides of the ball will aim to help improve the Tar Heels in key areas, from wide receiver to defensive back. Here is a look at how some of these players are expected to contribute:
McCollum is a junior wide receiver coming from Georgia Tech and will look to fill the hole left after two-time All-ACC wide receiver Josh Downs declared for the NFL Draft. Although McCollum primarily played in the slot last season, head coach Mack Brown hopes he can be a versatile player and be used across the field.
During McCollum’s career at Georgia Tech, he caught 75 passes, totaling 778 yards and four touchdowns. This past season against Georgia — which ranked top-10 in total defense and won the national championship — McCollum tallied six catches for 65 yards.
A junior wide receiver transfer from Kent State, Walker will bring speed and reliable hands to the Tar Heels as an outside receiver. In 20 total games at Kent State, Walker reeled in 63 passes for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns.