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UNC wide receiver Tylee Craft is honored at the Spring Game on Saturday, April 9, 2022. The game was dedicated to Craft, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

UNC football team rallies around Tylee Craft following his cancer diagnosis

In mid-March, UNC football's Tylee Craft was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. Despite the shock and worry that came with Craft's diagnosis, an overpowering sense of unity has emerged in the locker room since. The Tar Heels have rallied around Craft, dedicating this year's spring game to him. To them, it's not a matter of if, but when he will rejoin his teammates — his family — on the field.

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Senior wide receiver Beau Corrales (15) embraces head coach Mack Brown for senior day at the game against Wofford on Nov. 20, 2021 at Kenan Stadium.

Analysis: A look into the UNC football transfer portal

Since Aug. 1, players seeking a fresh start have been entering the portal at a higher rate due to the guarantee of immediate eligibility granted by the one-time transfer rule that was put in place by the NCAA. Mack Brown and the North Carolina football team are no strangers to this trend. 

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Junior quarterback Sam Howell (7) carries the ball at the Duke's Mayo Bowl against South Carolina at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Dec. 30, 2021. UNC lost 21-38.

Column: What happened to UNC football this season?

"The question about the Tar Heels is: what happened to derail this season? First off, I’m going to let you in on a little secret, one that Brown hinted at after the Orange Bowl but was downplayed during the season — losing over 4,000 yards of total offense hurts … a lot."

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