A 7-6 record may not seem like much, yet considering it was their first winning season since 2016, it was a big step in the right direction.
In 2019, North Carolina produced a total of 430 points on offense; 33.1 points per game, which ranked them 32nd in the nation. ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, quarterback Sam Howell, who set a true freshman record with 38 touchdown passes. Yet Howell himself would tell you that establishing a connection his his receiver was crucial to his success.
Junior receiver Dyami Brown was on the receiving end of many of those touchdowns, 12 of them to be exact. Opposing defensive backs found out quickly, how explosive he was in open space. Whether Brown was positioned in the slot or on the outside, his playmaking abilities had no limits. His 1,034 receiving yards were the fourth most ever by a Tar Heels receiver.
What most defined Brown as a playmaker was his ability to accumulate yards after a reception. Last season, his 20.3 yards per reception ranked him ninth nationally in this category. Whether he was making acrobatic catches or working the boundary, Brown seemed to have a knack for making big plays.
In their week five contest against Dabo Swinney's top ranked Clemson Tigers, it did not take long for Brown to make his presence felt. On the fourth play of the game, Howell found a wide open Brown, who used a stutter step to get separation from Tigers defender AJ Terrell; 40 yards later, he was in the end zone for the game's first touchdown.
Brown's play last season gave him national attention, and is no longer a well-kept secret. For the Tar Heel's, 2019 was potentially a sign of greater things to come. Any success this upcoming season will surely have Brown's name written all over it.