After an exciting first season in Chapel Hill, Larry Fedora enters his second season as head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels with higher expectations.
The Tar Heels posted an 8-4 record in Fedora’s initial year with the school, but were unable to make an appearance in a bowl due to NCAA probation.
Fedora is known for his dynamic offense, which brought quite a bit of excitement to Tar Heel fans last season. In fact, UNC averaged more than 40 points per game last season, much more than any previous North Carolina team ever produced. In fact, North Carolina broke the school record for points in a season with 487.
North Carolina used the up-tempo offense to average 85.2 plays per game, while cutting interceptions down to seven, turnovers down to 18 and sacks allowed down to 11. The Heels also produced an average of nearly one yard per play more in 2012 than they did in 2011.
Overall, the Tar Heels were 14th in the country in total offense last season, averaging 486 yards per contest. That, despite the fact that UNC ran more than 100 plays less than the teams that ranked in the top 10 nationally in that category.
Fedora’s Heels rewrote the UNC record books in 2012. North Carolina broke 40 individual and team records (combined) and tied eight others during the coach’s first season.
Fedora’s offense will once again be in the hands of quarterback Bryn Renner this fall. In 2012, Renner connected on 65.4 percent of his passes for 3,356 yards and 28 touchdowns, with only seven interceptions. Renner set school records for passing yards in a season, total offense in a season and touchdown passes in a season and in a game.
Fedora must manage the scholarship limitations brought on the Tar Heels by NCAA probation, but that appears to be the only thing that might slow down this dynamic offense.