They already had good athletes but were struggling at QB until Howell came in last year. They had a couple of last minute scores to pull out games early that they would have lost in the past. Howell is a good player and was better than most figured early. Mack flipped him from an earlier commitment. May have been FSU . He was the biggest difference last year. Surratt was not much at QB but has become a very good LB.Why are these sportswriter's so high on North Carolina? I get it, the ACC doesn't have a lot to offer in the Coastal. But, the Tar Heels? I think Miami and VT will be better than UNC. I just don't get where this praise is coming from. I don't know... This year is going to be weird. All it takes is a few players contracting COVID and the best teams, become average. So, really hard to say how this season goes.