CLEVELAND - North Carolina's Ryan Switzer and Tommy Hibbard have been named to Phil Steele's 2014 Preseason All-America Team, the annual preview publication announced Friday. Switzer was a first-team selection at punt returner and Hibbard was a third-team selection at punter.
In 2013, Switzer tied the NCAA record with five punt return touchdowns and is now just three shy of the career mark held by Texas Tech's Wes Welker and Oklahoma's Antonio Perkins. He also set the school record for punt return yards and punt return average. He became the first Carolina true freshman to ever earn first-team All-America honors.
Hibbard was an honorable-mention All-ACC pick a year ago after leading the Tar Heels with a 43.0 yards per game punting average.
Carolina opens the 2014 season on Aug. 14 vs. Liberty. Season tickets are available here.