Preview: North Carolina (offense)
Bryn Renner
Bryn Renner

Posted Oct 12, 2012

The Hurricanes are set to take on North Carolina this Saturday so lets take a closer look at their offense.

Bryn Renner (6-3/215/Jr) 1,615 yards, 15 TDs and 4 INTs The Skinny: Renner is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He has all the physical tools to be playing on Sundays one day and he has tremendous command of this offense right now. He's been very efficient with the football and should be one of the two best passers the Canes have faced this season (along with Mike Glennon).

Running Back:
Players: Gio Bernard (5-10/205/So) 52-475-5; 15 catches for 122 yards and 2 TDs ... A.J. Blue (6-2/225/So) 58-314-6
The Skinny: Bernard, a former prep standout in South Florida who went mostly unrecruited by Miami under former coach Randy Shannon, has quickly emerged as one of the top young running backs in all of college football. He can go between the tackles and has enough speed to break some long runs. He's also a skilled pass-catcher. Blue is a big back who can get the tough yards between the tackles.

Wide Receiver:
Players: Sean Tapley (6-1/185/So) 14-281-3 ... Erik Highsmith (6-3/190/Sr) 27-272-2 ... Quinshad Davis (6-4/185/So) 20-275-2
The Skinny: It's a big group. The top three guys average 6-foot-2. Tapley is a former prep standout in Florida and is also a dangerous return specialist. Highsmith is more of a possession receiver. All three do a great job of moving the chains and Tapley's the playmaker of the group.

Tight End:
Players: Eric Ebron (6-4/235/So) 19-312-3
The Skinny: One of the most talented young tight ends in all of college football, Ebron is a very skilled pass-catcher. He might not be at the same level as Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert yet but he's close and should be one day. He doesn't give much as a blocker but he's a legit threat in the passing game.

Offensive Line:
Players: LT James Hurst (6-7/300/So) LG Jonathan Cooper (6-3/295/Sr) C Russell Bodine (6-4/305/So) RG Travis Bond (6-7/345/Sr) RT Brennan Williams (6-7/315/Sr)
The Skinny: Hurst is one of the best left tackles in all of college football and has the tools to be a first round pick down the road. Cooper is one of the best and most experienced interior linemen in the entire league. They're a huge unit skilled in the running game but they've also protected their quarterback exceptionally well this season, giving up just four sacks in 208 pass plays. It's as good a unit that Miami has faced this season.

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