After a relatively quiet start to the down period between spring and fall, Wednesday broke the news of some major transfers from the Tar Heel program.
As first reported by Inside Carolina’s Ross Martin, sophomore linebackers Kayne Roberts and Kyle Wright have left the football program following Saturday’s spring game. Wright announced a short time afterwards his intent to transfer, while Roberts has yet to make an official announcement.
While neither has yet to make a major impact in their Carolina careers, both were expected to see expanded reps with the lack of depth at the linebacker position this season. Both were a key piece of the special teams unit a year ago and were also expected to contribute there this season, as well. In Saturday’s spring game, Roberts had a strong performance, tallying three total tackles on just eight snaps, while Wright did not tally a tackle in the small amount of playing time he did see.
With both Roberts and Wright departing, the Heels become even thinner at the position of biggest concern on defense. Senior linebacker Jonathan Smith’s return to the team in the fall has now become even more crucial than it once was and both Eugene Asante and Khadry Jackson will have to be ready to assume rotational roles right out the gate. The good news is, both of these thing seem likely to happen and adding Tyrone Hopper at outside linebacker in the fall when he returns from injury won’t hurt either, but the with the Heels moving to a 3-4 base this offseason, it understandable why there is some concern.