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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Lose First Player in Form of TE

Brett Davis- USA Today Sports

The Tar Heels’ 2023 regular season is not even 24 hours from its disgusting conclusion and they have their first entry into the transfer portal.

Just a short time ago, graduate tight end Kamari Morales announced via social media that he will be entering the transfer portal. He has one year of eligibility remaining at whichever school he lands at.

In his four year Tar Heel career, Morales played in 53 games, including 19 starts, the majority of which came last year. In his career, he caught 67 passes for 761 yards and 10 touchdowns, the latter of which is a program record for a tight end. Morales played more than 300 snaps in each of the last three years, but started to see his role diminish as this season went along.

The impact of his transfer won’t really be known until Bryson Nesbit makes his NFL Draft decision. Regardless of what that decision is, the team will have John Copenhaver back, who played the most snaps of all the tight ends this season. If Nesbit does end up departing, the door will be wide open for current true freshman Julien Randolph or class of 2024 members Timothy Lawson and Ryan Ward to step up and become a significant contributor.

This is the first of what many expect to be a sizable group of transfers in the next week or so. We’ll take you through all of those here on the Heel Tough Blog and break them down further on the Heel Tough Blog Podcast, as well, so make sure you are keeping an eye on our Heel Tough Blog Facebook and Twitter pages.


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