Raymond Vohasek’s decision to return for a bonus season at North Carolina changes the depth chart and expected impact of UNC’s defensive line for the 2022 season. Vohasek, who will play his fourth season at UNC this fall, provides the Tar Heel defensive front with trusted experience, increased depth, and known production. Vohasek has 24 starts and 36 games under his belt at Carolina as an interior defensive lineman who can play both three-technique or nose tackle in Gene Chizik’s expected four-down defensive front.

Vohasek was an All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2021 and finished the season with 38 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, four hurries, and three pass breakups. While Vohasek provides stability and a known quantity, it is what is behind him and alongside him that could allow the defense to take the next step in 2022.

UNC’s defensive line in 2022 has a combination of talent, size, and experience that should allow it to become the best front for the Tar Heels since Mack Brown returned to Chapel Hill. With a new defensive coordinator in Chizik, UNC will transition to a four-man front, featuring four down-linemen. It is likely that Vohasek will line up at the nose tackle spot next to junior Myles Murphy, who will be a three-technique. Sophomore Jahvaree Ritzie can now play a true strongside defensive end, while a rotation of juniors Desmond Evans and Kaimon Rucker will line up as true edge rushers. Chizik’s system allows for a true defensive end edge rusher that better fits Evans and Rucker’s pass-rushing skillset.

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