Jared Cohen Returns to UNC; Set for Training Camp
Jared Cohen came to North Carolina in the 2014 class. He was a 247Sports Composite three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 22 offensive guard in the class. Cohen ended up starting two games for the Tar Heels as a true freshman, filling in for the an injured Landon Turner. He played in all of UNC's 13 games. Then during the offseason, before the 2015 season, Cohen left the team.
Saints' Landon Turner applies lessons learned to second season
New Orleans Saints guard Landon Turner gained valuable experience during his rookie season in 2016. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner, who signed as an undrafted free agent out North Carolina, appeared in seven games with one start. The live repetitions were essential for his development, but Turner especially coveted the opportunity to absorb knowledge from veteran guard Jahri Evans.
Youth Bolsters UNC's Offensive Line
Coming into the 2016 football season, UNC felt good about what it had on the offensive line. The Tar Heels lost one senior starter, offensive guard Landon Turner, from the 2015 team. But the plan was to replace him with veteran lineman John Ferranto in what would have been a seamless transition. But things didn’t go exactly how the coaching staff planned.
A look at the former Tar Heels trying to make it as rookies in the NFL
A total of six UNC alums tried their luck with the NFL during the 2016 NFL offseason: OG Landon Turner, LB Shakeel Rashad, WR Quinshad Davis, LB Jeff Schoettmer, QB Marquise Williams, and RB Romar Morris. Although none were drafted, they all earned the chance to compete for a roster spot on various teams. Here's how their offseasons went:
UNC's Right Guard Competition 'Fluid'
Redshirt freshman Tommy Hatton joins fourth-year juniors Brad Henson and R.J. Prince as the trio of offensive linemen looking to fill the massive load left by former All-ACC standout Landon Turner. Senior utility lineman John Ferranto had secured the starting spot at right guard coming out of spring ball before suffering a season-ending pectoral tear in July.
College Football's Top 40 Offensive Lines for 2016
7. North Carolina: Standout guard Landon Turner will be missed, but North Carolina’s line should remain one of the best in the nation. In 14 games last fall, this unit allowed only 16 sacks and helped the Tar Heels rank second in the ACC in rush offense. Four starters are back in 2016, with three senior performers and Athlon Sports All-ACC selections.
Video: Lee Pace's 'Extra Point' - Filling Landon Turner's Shoes
Tar Heel Football analyst Lee Pace breaks down the competition at right guard as North Carolina looks to replace the all-American Landon Turner.
Jon Heck Selected as Candidate for Outland Trophy
With the departure of Landon Turner to the NFL, the UNC offensive line is in need of a new leader. Enter Jon Heck. A member of the All-ACC second team in 2015, Heck was recognized last week as one of 70 players to watch for this year’s Outland Trophy–the award given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.
ACC offensive lines will have plenty of experience in 2016
The ACC’s offensive lines should be strong in 2016. Phil Steele posted his annual report on returning starts for offensive lines, and the ACC has plenty of experienced units by that metric. North Carolina returns the second most experience in FBS but loses its top blocker in guard Landon Turner. He had been the glue that brought the line together.
Landon Turner has big opportunity with New Orleans Saints
Some opportunities created for free agent rookies appear to be more equal than others and Landon Turner, a big man – 6 feet 4, 325 pounds – has a big one squarely staring back at him when he looks at the New Orleans Saints’ roster. Turner was a four-year starter at guard for North Carolina and was named first-team All-American.
Tar Heels LB Jeff Schoettmer is Easy to Root For
Undrafted free agency gave the New Orleans Saints a bounty of young talent, ranging from offensive linemen Landon Turner and Jack Allen to defensive backs Trae Elston and De’Vante Harris. But another possible contributor signed on after the 2016 NFL Draft: North Carolina linebacker Jeff Schoettmer.
Landon Turner brings unmeasured element to New Orleans Saints
One unmeasured element to what Landon Turner believes he can bring to the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent came early in his senior season at North Carolina. That was when the first-team All-American guard began a rallying cry his college line coach said helped carry the Tar Heels to an 11-game win streak.
'Meant to be': Saints sign G Landon Turner, make high school dream reality
They didn’t realize it at the time, but the New Orleans Saints began recruiting guard Landon Turner when he was 14 years old. Eight years later, the first-team All-American from UNC might be the biggest prize in the Saints’ 2016 class of undrafted free agents. “I feel like it was meant to be,” said Turner, who visited the Saints' practice facility as a freshman in high school.
Tim Scott Has Advice For Undrafted Tar Heels
This past weekend didn’t go as planned for some former UNC football players. Landon Turner expected to be selected in the NFL Draft but surprisingly was not taken. No other Tar Heels were drafted, either. But that doesn’t mean the end of their NFL dreams. For some, they are where they’d be even had they been taken, and nobody understands this better than Tim Scott.
Five Tar Heels Sign NFL Contracts
Shortly after NFL Draft, UNC announced that Landon Turner had agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints; a situation that is likely better than being selected late in the draft because the destination becomes the player’s choice rather than being chosen by a team that may not be a good fit. Turner was not the only Tar Heel that agreed to a contract.