UNC, you'll recall, is currently in the throes of two different football program investigations -- one academic and one concerning improper agent contact. Between those two scandals, the Tar Heels will be down thirteen players for tonight's season opener against LSU, many of them starters. Linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter have been cleared; safety Deunta Williams has been added to the roster of those riding pine.
Two absent will be tailbacks Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston; SB Nation's Carolina March introduces offensive heir apparent Johnny White:
White was the starting tailback back in 2007 for eight games and finished the season as the team's leading rusher. Unfortunately, it only took 399 yards to lead the team that season, and he lost the starting job before the season's end to Greg Little. White found himself playing cornerback for much of 2008, before returning to the tailback position; he spent last season as the third option behind Draughns and Houston. His best game came after Draughns' injury when he managed 83 yards on 7 carries, to go along with 17 carriers from Houston and 4 from Jheranie Boyd.