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Points allowed, rather than yards, is focus for UNC defense

UNC’s defense helped carry the Tar Heels to an 11-3 record and the ACC championship game last season, even generating conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Even after an improvement of more than 62 yards and 14.5 points allowed last season, cornerback Des Lawrence said that the Tar Heels’ defense isn’t getting the credit it deserves.

The ‘gap is closing’ between North Carolina, elite football programs

There are two elite programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference — Clemson and Florida State — and then there’s a large gap between that pair and the rest of the conference. North Carolina is doing its best to join the highest level before any of its other ACC rivals. “That gap is closing,” Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said at Thursday’s ACC Kickoff.

How healthy is Chazz Surratt?

How well is freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt doing in summer football drills at UNC? So well that two-time All-American return specialist and wide receiver Ryan Switzer wasn't even aware that Surratt's left elbow had been injured last season. "I wasn't aware of the injury that he had because he's been doing our team workouts and looks well," Switzer said.

Scott Cherry Signs Four-Year Contract Extension With High Point

High Point University athletic director Dan Hauser announced Thursday that men's basketball head coach Scott Cherry has signed a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2019-2020 season. The architect of four straight Big South regular season championship teams, Cherry has led the Panthers to four consecutive postseason appearances.

Video: Bubba Cunningham Q&A with Jones Angell on newly announced ACC Network

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham discusses the positives for UNC from the newly announced ACC Network.

UNC Sophisticating its Defensive Scheme

After an initial season based upon a philosophy of simplification, Gene Chizik is finally ready to add more schematic elements to North Carolina’s defense. UNC installed its base defense three times before last season’s opener against South Carolina, taking a methodical approach that refused to leave any player in doubt as to his responsibilities.

UNC's Ryan Switzer against idea of abolishing kickoffs from college game

At an event called the ACC Kickoff, it was only fitting that the topic of kickoffs -- or more to the point eliminating them -- came up. And from that end, who better to ask than North Carolina return man Ryan Switzer?

UNC reinforcing their confidence in Trubisky

After the ACC Network announcement hoopla at ACC Kickoff died down Thursday, the North Carolina contingent spent their time assuring the media of their confidence at the quarterback position. First year North Carolina starter Mitch Trubisky's arm is undeniable, say senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer and head coach Larry Fedora.

Harrison Barnes ready to move on

Harrison Barnes, in a way, has been virtually erased from the Warriors. There is no shortage of people who are happy to see Barnes gone. Not just because his departure opened the door for Kevin Durant's arrival -- and the Warriors' absolutely made the right choice -- but also because Barnes' four years with the Warriors showed flashes of greatness that were never sustained.

More Records in Sight for UNC WR/PR Ryan Switzer

Ryan Switzer has grown accustomed to being peppered with questions about his return game exploits, and for good reason. The UNC senior tied the NCAA record with five punt returns for touchdown in his freshman season, added two more last season and is one electrifying punt return score away from tying the NCAA career mark.

Fedora, Lawrence, Switzer ACC Kickoff Press Conference Transcript

Q. Year two under Gene Chizik, what changes, what gets elevated with him as defensive coordinator? Des Lawrence: What changes is our mentality. It's a mentality that we're going to go out and compete every day like we're the number one defense in the nation. He really instills a certain confidence in us and allows us to make plays.

Video: Larry Fedora ACC Kickoff Q&A

North Carolina head football coach Larry Fedora answers questions from the media at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C.

Video: Des Lawrence ACC Kickoff Q&A

North Carolina senior cornerback Des Lawrence answers questions from the media at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C.

Video: Ryan Switzer ACC Kickoff Q&A

North Carolina senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer answers questions from the media at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C.

UNC freshman position change

According to UNC senior cornerback Des Lawrence who CarolinaBlue spoke with exclusively in Charlotte at the ACC Kickoff, freshman Myles Wolfolk has moved from cornerback to safety. Wolfolk a 6-0, 220-pound Maryland native, enrolled at North Carolina as a prospect who could play both corner and safety. He spent most of the spring working with corners.

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