Kaiwan Lewis (MLB), Marcquis Roberts (WLB) and Sharrod Golightly (spur) are very athletic. More athletic than the linebackers in 2012. All these guys can run, which has become a huge issue when facing spread offenses. Don't forget about Cedric Cooper (WLB), who has been out with a dislocated elbow. He's supposed to return to practice Saturday and could play against Georgia.
The media got to watch that one scrimmage and the offense was terrible. A lot of that, again, is because of No. 7. Injuries have been an issue with the receivers -- Bruce Ellington and Rory "Busta" Anderson -- but overall you've got two proven QBs in Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson and four returning starters on the O-Line. It might take a game or two, but I think the offense will be fine.
I think they're going to miss Marcus as much off the field as on it. Let's face it, he was the leader of the this team for the last two years. Marcus was also money inside the 10-yard line. He knew how to finish off a drive. No question he will be missed, but I think Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds, along with Shon Carson are going to prove to be pretty effective players. All three can catch the ball and Davis is more of a home-run hitter -- big play -- than Lattimore.
Good question. The Tar Heels gave up less than a sack a game. Their QB Bryn Renner doesn't take many five or seven step drops. The Tar Heels like to throw a lot of swing passes to their RBs, like a West Coast offense. Renner likes to get the ball out quickly, which doesn't leave much time for Clowney & Co., a lot time to make a play. I think, however, that and East-West approach won't be very effective for UNC. USC has too much speed defensively to get outside on them.
OK, that's it for today. A lot of good questions. Remember that we'll have a live chat at halftime of Thursday night's game against North Carolina. Look forward to hearing from you guys then. APM