Eight is enough for North Carolina’s offensive line rotation, but so far through camp, it’s been a hard number to reach. And that’s considering the Tar Heels started out being spotted four returning starters from last season. It’s the one position with the biggest depth question marks heading into Saturday’s season opener against Syracuse.

Sophomore left tackle Asim Richards is the only newcomer to the starting lineup. Guard Marcus McKethan and tackle Jordan Tucker started 12 games last season beside each other on the right side. Left guard Joshua Ezeudu started every game last season and once center Brian Anderson cracked the lineup the second game of the season, he made 12 straight starts to finish the year.

Offensive coordinator Phil Longo said in that respect it’s no different than where the Heels were this time last season.

“From a numbers standpoint, this is where we were last year, we wanted eight, we didn’t have eight,” Longo told reporters on a Zoom call. “Right now we have six that we love, we have a seventh that we think is going to be pretty good. We have two guys maybe three that are really working to try to get to be that eighth guy.”

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