Tar Heels lose Noah Taylor for rest of season

The UNC football program received some bad news on Monday morning as starting pass rusher Noah Taylor will miss the rest of the season with a lower leg injury.

Taylor’s injury occurred in the first quarter of UNC’s win over Pitt on Saturday night when he suffered a ‘non-contact’ injury.

“Very, very disappointed for Noah. The transfer portal is good for a lot of things and he has been wonderful for us,” UNC head coach Mack Brown told reporters on Monday. “He’s a tremendous leader. He’s one of the reasons our defense has improved so much.”

Taylor was in his only year with North Carolina after transferring from Virginia this offseason to utilize his covid year. He finishes this season with 28 tackles, six tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks (team high).

Taylor was among the top projected transfers in the ACC after totaling 169 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, 10 pass deflections, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in 35 games at Virginia.

Chris Collins is someone who is expected to get the majority of snaps at the jack position with Taylor out for the Tar Heels.

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