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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Losing Depth Receiver to the Transfer Portal


Charles LeClaire- USA Today Sports

Mack Brown met with the media for a special breakdown of the Tar Heels transfer portal additions on Monday morning, as he went in-depth on the eight guys that enrolled over the weekend. Before he did that, though, he did reveal that the team will be losing a depth receiver to the portal later today.


Junior wide receiver Justin Olson will enter the portal on Monday afternoon in search of more playing time. Olson, who played in thirteen games and started seven games in 2021 for the team, saw action in ten games this season but only played 29 snaps at receivers. He was targeted just once in 2022 after a sophomore season where he caught nine of his 24 targets for 143 yards and one touchdown. He closes his Tar Heel career with 10 receptions, 147 yards and a touchdown in 30 career games with the program. Brown said that he will remain on campus through the spring, but will be able to be recruited by other schools. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining wherever he eventually lands.


His departure is the third of the offseason, but it is by far the least impactful. Even with Antoine Green gone, J.J. Jones, Gavin Blackwell and Andre Greene Jr. remain a part of the room and were clearly in front of him on the depth chart, as was Kobe Paysour if they were wanting to use him on the outside. The team also added splash transfer Devontez Walker from Kent State in the portal after a huge season with the Golden Flashes and he will be a major factor himself in the battle for reps on the outside. In terms of depth, the team is bringing in three players at the position from the 2023 recruiting class, all three of which have the capability to play on the outside.


The Tar Heels have done a good job of restocking the wide receiver room so far this offseason, making this move a rather menial one. With just nine days left until the transfer window closes, the question is, will anyone else join him?

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