UNC suffers another loss on offensive line
Posted August 13, 2009
North Carolina offensive tackle Carl Gaskins, a sophomore from Melbourne, Fla., tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Wednesday morning’s practice, and will miss the entire 2009 season, the school announced Thursday morning.
Gaskins played in five games in 2008 and was scheduled to back up senior Kyle Jolly at left tackle.
Senior tight end Ryan Taylor of Winston-Salem sprained the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee during Tuesday’s practice. He is expected to be out of action for approximately one month.
On Wednesday, UNC announced that offensive lineman Kevin Bryant, a redshirt sophomore from Lauderdale Lake, Fla., has decided not to return to the team.
The moves thin Carolina's depth along the offensive line.
Last year, UNC started Jolly at left tackle, Alan Pelc at left guard, Lowell Dyer at center and two seniors on the right side - guard Calvin Darity and tackle Garrett Reynolds.
This season, Jolly remains at left tackle and Dyer at center, with Pelc switching to right guard. Redshirt freshman Jonathan Cooper is the leader to start at left guard and junior Mike Ingersoll is expected to start at right tackle. Gaskins would have been the key backup at tackle.
Now, UNC may need to build depth by turning to a true freshman class that includes linemen Travis Bond of Bertie County, David Collins of East Forsyth and Brennan Williams of West Roxbury, Mass. Williams was a SuperPrep All-America and rated the No. 8 lineman in the country. Both Bond and Collins were rated among the top prospects in North Carolina.