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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Senior Offensive Lineman Will Forego 2022 Season

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The majority of the focus heading into today was on the 2023 recruiting trail with one of the Tar Heels major targets in the class set to make, but there was some pretty significant news regarding this year’s roster. While there is still a lot of hope for this Tar Heel offensive line to improve this season, the unit did take a bit of a blow with the announcement of the departure of one of its veterans.

On Monday morning, graduate senior Quiron Johnson announced via his social media pages that he will forego his sixth season with the Tar Heels and instead will “pursue his future and career path.” In the two thread post on Twitter, he thanked his friends, family and coaches and expressed his gratitude for his time with the program.

He was scheduled to be back for his sixth season with the program due to the extra COVID season after being a major contributor for the Tar Heels over the past two seasons. Since the start of the 2020 season, he has played 916 snaps, including 648 this past season while starting eleven of the team’s 13 games. In his five seasons in Chapel Hill, Johnson appeared in 35 games and started 12 of those games.

Johnson's departure comes just a couple of weeks before the start of fall camp in Chapel Hill. The good news for the Tar Heels is that while this may be a blow to the overall experience of the offensive line, this is still a very deep position group overall. At center where Johnson started the majority of his games, the team will have two more graduate seniors that will be in the two deep. The Tar Heels are also pretty healthy along the rest of the unit when it comes to overall depth and the hope is that the revamp for this group, that has now lost four of the five starters from a year ago, will provide better success than the unit from a year ago.


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