UNC football ranks #22 in AP poll

The North Carolina Tar Heel football team ranked as the No. 22 team in the Associated Press preseason Top 25, amid some quarterback controversy.

North Carolina's backup quarterback position was in a state of uncertainty leading up to the poll's release, the News and Observer reported. Caleb Henderson, a redshirt sophomore, announced he was transferring, leaving redshirt freshman Nathan Elliott as the Tar Heels' No. 2 quarterback.

The N&O reported Henderson's departure leaves UNC with four scholarship quarterbacks: Mitch Trubisky (the starter), Elliott and freshmen Logan Byrd and Chazz Surratt. Trubisky is the only one with any college game experience.

In a way, the 2016 season will pick up where 2015 left off: Alabama is No. 1 and Clemson is 2.

The defending national champion Crimson Tide is the No. 1 team in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the fifth time overall and third time under coach Nick Saban.

The AP Top 25 is ranked below:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Oklahoma
4. Florida State
5. LSU
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan
8. Stanford
9. Tennessee
10. Notre Dame
11. Mississippi
12. Michigan State
13. TCU
14. Washington
15. Houston
16. UCLA
17. Iowa
18. Georgia
19. Louisville
20. USC
21. Oklahoma State
22. UNC-Chapel Hill
23. Baylor
24. Oregon
25. Florida

Read more about the poll here.
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