Mack Brown says North Carolina's offense will be a 'whole new look' in bowl game vs. WVU
Mack Brown met with reporters on Tuesday in advanced of Carolina’s Duke’s Mayo Bowl matchup against West Virginia.
Like most teams during bowl season, North Carolina is dealing with personnel changes all over the field due to the transfer portal and NFL opt-outs. Drake Maye, Tez Walker, Corey Gaynor and Kamari Morales are amongst the players who are expected to be missing on Wednesday vs. the Mountaineers.
However, Brown said UNC has players who are ready to step up and fill those roles.
“I think they’re ready to play,” Brown said. “We’ve called it the ‘new opportunity bowl.’ And we’ve told our guys, ‘we need to maximize our opportunities.’ It’s hard to get an opportunity to play. Some of these guys have been wanting to play.
“We’ve got 12 starters I think from the first of the year that won’t be in the game tomorrow night. So it’ll be a lot of new guys.”
Brown said there will be a lot of changes on the offensive side of the ball in-particular. Conner Harrell is expected to make his first career start. Harrell has six pass attempts and five rush attempts during his time with the Tar Heels.
“A lot of the receivers are really young,” Brown said. “Conner Harrell has a chance to play for the first time, really, the first time he’ll ever start. So there’s a lot of change on offense. There’s less change on defense. But the offense is going to be a whole new look. But they’ve practiced hard, they’ve had fun.”
North Carolina is hoping to pick up on a win on Wednesday and go into the offseason with some momentum. The Tar Heels have lost four of their last six games entering the postseason.
Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday evening.