The North Carolina Tar Heels are poised to make a run at the ACC Coastal Division title in 2013 behind a fast-paced offense that looks to get even faster in Larry Fedora’s second year at the helm. Bryn Renner looks to lead the UNC offense to new heights and take them over the top to a possible BCS berth next fall. To get there, however, he will need a major contribution from his junior tight end, Eric Ebron.
Ebron found a major role in the offense last season as a sophomore, finishing second on the team in yards. He finished the year with 40 catches for 625 yards and four touchdowns, averaging a team-high among receivers 15.63 yards per reception. With the departure of wide receiver Eric Highsmith and his 54 receptions from 2012, Fedora will be unleashing Ebron in more ways than ever to expand his role in the offense.
To his credit, Ebron is up to that challenge. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end is athletic enough to split out into the slot, but strong enough to line up at the end of the offensive line. He has a nasty streak that makes him unafraid to mix it up in the running game and block defensive linemen or linebackers, but has the ball skills and route running ability to get into the open field and make an impact in the passing game.
That versatility will make Ebron a key piece in North Carolina’s run in 2013 and could make him a very attractive prospect for the next level in the 2014 NFL Draft. Can he be a difference maker for the Heels’ offensive attack next fall?