Austin and Carter confirmed over the weekend via the 'Twitter' social networking site that they were coming back to UNC for their senior years, and confirmation on the other players has trickled out as well on Sunday.
With the return of those five players, the UNC defense will be losing only two starting positions from this past season's defense, which led the Atlantic Coast Conference in several statistical categories.
The other, left behind at defensive tackle by Cam Thomas, will likely be inherited by rising fourth-year junior Tydreke Powell.
Offensively the Tar Heels return starters at positions including quarterback, running back, tight end, left guard, right guard, right tackle, and everyone among the wide receivers, which should make for unquestionably the most experienced team that Butch Davis and his UNC staff have worked with so far in Chapel Hill.
UNC returns to action for the 2010 season opener Saturday, September 4 against LSU in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.