UNC had one of the best offenses in the country last season, finishing at No. 19 overall and second in the ACC in yards per game.
Often uncredited for this success is the offensive line. As the protectors of the quarterback and glue of the offense, this position group will be monumental in the team’s performance this year.
According to Mack Brown, this group isn't yet where it needs to be.
"We’ve had too many sacks here for four years,” Brown said. “And I’ve told Chip [Lindsey] and Freddie [Kitchens] and Larry Porter, I’m not going to go through another season with a bunch of sacks. We have a great quarterback and we have to protect him.”
Coaching changes will also play a big part in the offensive line’s performance. UNC is welcoming a new offensive line coach, Randy Clements, after the departure of Jack Bicknell Jr., and a new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey, after the departure of Phil Longo.
The core unit of Corey Gaynor, Spencer Rolland, Ed Montilus, and Jonathan Adorno, will be returning to head the offensive line for North Carolina. All but Adorno are currently listed as startersand will be looking to create consistency in 2023.
Here’s a look at how these five players — with a combined 22 years of collegiate experience — will aim to help the Tar Heels this season:
Originally from Parkland, Fla., graduate center Corey Gaynor is entering his second season at UNC and his seventh year of college football.