UNC's Young Offensive Tackles Readying for Big Roles
Stepping into North Carolina's first team offensive tackle spots are a pair of redshirt sophomores. William Sweet and Charlie Heck (Jon's younger brother) are both listed at 6-7 and 300-pounds. At Monday's practice Sweet was at right tackle and Heck was at left. Both should see a wealth of playing time this season, regardless of Bentley Spain's availability.
UNC OL William Sweet Sees Plenty Of Positives
This season, Williams Sweet is UNC's likely starter at right tackle, and he’s drawing from the experience gained when Jon Heck was down and even after he returned, when they shared the duties some. “Unfortunately, Jon Heck went down, it was a next-thing mentality the next man had to go in and keep the same flow of the game,” said Sweet, who is clearly humble.
UNC Position Battle Preview: Offensive Line
While UNC lost a few significant players from the 2016 season (starting center Lucas Crowley, guard Caleb Peterson, and tackle Jon Heck), the cupboard is not completely bare. The Tar Heels return starting left tackle Bentley Spain, guard Tommy Hatton, guard R.J. Prince, and tackle William Sweet --- all of whom started or played significant minutes last season.
Starting Point for UNC's Offensive Line
Chris Kapilovic knows that UNC’s offense has to retool in 2017. Though “Coach Kap” is the offensive coordinator, he’s also the offensive line coach, and he knows that position will have to account for attrition. Gone are center Lucas Crowley and right tackle Jon Heck, and also Caleb Peterson. What will the starting five look like when spring ball opens next Tuesday?
UNC OT Jon Heck on changing the culture
Jon Heck was a three-star recruit who hailed from Jacksonville, Florida. He committed to North Carolina in late June, 2011 and enrolled as a Tar Heel the following year. His class, which included wide receiver Quinshad Davis, kicker Nick Weiler and outside linebacker Shakeel Rashad, came to UNC in Fedora's first year coaching.
UNC Football Has Four Players Named to AP All-ACC Second Team
The Associated Press released its own version of the All-ACC football teams on Monday, selecting four Tar Heels as part of its Second Team. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer was named as part of the offensive selections, joining right tackle Jon Heck and center Lucas Crowley. T.J. Logan earned his spot on the All-ACC Second Team as an “all-purpose player”.
Ryan Switzer Headlines Tar Heels On All-ACC Teams
After a record-setting senior season in which he caught 91 passes for 1,027 yards and five touchdowns, senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team. Lucas Crowley, Jon Heck and T.J. Logan were second-team selections, while Elijah Hood, Nazair Jones and Mitch Trubisky were third-team picks.
Larry Fedora Monday Pre-Georgia Tech Press Conference Notes
Larry Fedora says that North Carolina's comeback win over the Yellow Jackets was a big moment in the 2015 season --- "It said a lot about that football team last year and the grit they had. It pretty much propelled us for the rest of the season and obviously has a lot to do with where we are right now." On senior offensive tackle Jon Heck: He is back a practice.
Coach Kap on OL, interview notes (pre-UVA)
Redshirt freshman offensive tackle William Sweet who is expected to step into a starting role on Saturday: "It's been a good week," Kap said. "He played fairly well against Miami, but you hate the two procedure penalties that he had and he didn't recognize some blitzes that (Jon) Heck would have. But physically he matched up pretty well. He'll have a challenge this week."
Tar Heel Quartet Named To Lombardi Watch List
UNC standouts Jon Heck, Elijah Hood, Nazair Jones and Caleb Peterson are among the 158 candidates on the preliminary watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the organization announced Thursday. The Rotary Lombardi Award began in 1970 by the Rotary Club of Houston to honor NFL coach Vince Lombardi and to recognize outstanding college football lineman.
Seven Tar Heels On Senior Bowl Watch List
North Carolina center Lucas Crowley, offensive tackle Jon Heck, wide receiver Mack Hollins, cornerback Des Lawrence, tailback T.J. Logan, offensive guard Caleb Peterson and wide receiver/punt returner Ryan Switzer have been named to the 2017 Senior Bowl Watch List. The Senior Bowl will be played January 28, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama.
UNC's Caleb Peterson Enjoying the Game
Caleb Peterson has been having fun throughout his four years in a Tar Heel uniform alongside of best friend and starting right tackle Jon Heck. If both linemen stay healthy this season, they will each have a chance to break the current UNC career starts record of 49, which is held by former offensive tackle James Hurst.
Experience Abounds Up Front for UNC Offensive Line
North Carolina’s offensive line is four years in the making. Fifth-year seniors Jon Heck (right tackle) and Caleb Peterson (left guard) arrived at UNC in 2012, and were followed a year later by center Lucas Crowley. Since then, the trio of seniors have started a combined total of 102 games and their relationships have extend beyond that of teammates.
Jon Heck Selected as Candidate for Outland Trophy
With the departure of Landon Turner to the NFL, the UNC offensive line is in need of a new leader. Enter Jon Heck. A member of the All-ACC second team in 2015, Heck was recognized last week as one of 70 players to watch for this year’s Outland Trophy–the award given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.
Jon Heck On Outland Trophy Watch List
North Carolina right tackle Jon Heck was among the 70 standout interior linemen represented on the 2016 Outland Trophy Watch List, announced Friday by The Football Writers Association of America. Heck returns as a starter for a fourth consecutive season. Last season, he was named to the All-ACC second team by both ACSMA and the league’s coaches.