The Tar Heels offensive line has been picked apart this offseason by graduations and transfers and the unit saw another departure on Wednesday.
Pete Nakos of On3 Sports reported this morning that junior center Chance Carroll, who began his career as a walk-on, has entered the transfer portal. He will have two year of eligibility remaining wherever he lands.
Carroll played in just seven games in his four seasons in Chapel Hill, three of which came this season. His most extensive game action came in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl where he played 19 snaps at center in clutch time after Willie Lampkin had to kick back over to right guard after William Barnes struggled most of the night there. Carroll was very solid, grading out at a 60.9 overall according to Pro Football Focus, including a 71.5 grade in 15 pass protection snaps.
A guy that played in just seven games in the last four years shouldn’t be seen as a big deal, but in this case, it’s not nothing. Carroll was in line to be the backup center next season and there doesn’t appear to be any clear options to replace him. True freshman DJ Geth was used at the position this past spring, but wasn’t great and there are no incoming freshmen that will ideally play the position. This move should only further encourage the team to go out and get some help on the interior offensive line.