Players who need to bounce back in 2010

North Carolina’s defense features a handful of potential NFL first-round picks, but the Tar Heels’ chances of winning the ACC title rest on the performance of the man who leads their offense.

Tar Heels quarterback T.J. Yates showed plenty of promise early in his career, but he threw more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (14) last season while ranking 97th nationally in passing efficiency.

As good as UNC is on defense, the Tar Heels won’t live up to expectations unless Yates and Co. improve on offense.

Because he could play such a vital role in determining whether his team lives up to its high hopes, Yates headlines our list of 12 players who need to bounce back from disappointing seasons.