Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Make Change With Special Teams Staff
Over the past couple of weeks, The Tar Heels have added a coaching veteran to each side of the ball as an analyst and on Wednesday, they did the same thing for the team’s special teams unit.
As first reported by Matt Zeinitz On3 Sports, the Tar Heels are bringing in South Alabama special teams coordinator and defensive assistant Jamael Lett as a special teams analyst for this upcoming season. He will take over for Frank Wilson Jr., who held the role in 2022 but is no longer with the staff according to Zach Barnett of FootballScoop.
This past season with the Jaguars, Lett coached one of the most accurate placekicking games in the country. Diego Guajardo hit 18 of his 19 field goal attempts, as well as 46 of his 48 extra point attempts. He led the Sun Belt in field goals made and field goal percentage, the latter of which he also ranked top five in the country in. He also coached one of the most active punt returners in the country in Caullin Lacy, who returned 21 punts for 188 yards and a touchdown in 2022. Lett also had some solid success in his first season with the team in 2021.
Prior to his time in Mobile, he had stops in with Akron and Samford, where he coached the defensive backs, and Ohio and Tennessee-Martin, where he was an assistant that helped with the defensive line and defensive backs respectively.
Lett will hope to build off of the success that special teams coordinator Larry Porter oversaw this season. After tons of inconsistencies in his first three seasons, the Tar Heels were one of the most improved units in the country. “We were 14th in the ACC two seasons ago,” Brown pointed out in his pre-spring practice presser. “We were second last year. So we made amazing progress. And still, we’ve got to do a better job of taking another step and creating game-winning plays with special teams.”