The Tar Heels were within a whisker of having a season for the ages in 2008. While an 8-5 record was a marked improvement from previous seasons, consider that four losses came by a combined nine points. Will North Carolina take that next step in Butch Davis' third season as coach? The defense looks solid with nine starters returning, but the offense, with six starters back, needs work. Although quarterback T.J. Yates returns and is healthy after an ankle injury, replacements must be found for leading pass catchers Hakeem Nicks, Brooks Foster and Brandon Tate. Poster designed by Old Hat Creative.