UNC Spring Practice Notes
The Tar Heels are looking for a defensive line coach after the departure of Keith Gilmore to Notre Dame. For now, graduate assistant Ryan Sims and director of high school relations Jason Tudryn are working with the line. Here's how the other coaching responsibilities break down under new coordinator Gene Chizik: Charlton Warren is the secondary coach, John Papuchis has linebackers.
Video: UNC Football - Smart. Fast. Physical. Episode 3
Inside access to training camp with the Tar Heels. Episode 3 features game week preparation for Liberty, an NFL veteran on the UNC staff in Ryan Sims, and Larry Fedora mic'd up.
Video: Thursday Post-Practice Player Interviews - Defense
Safety Tim Scott and defensive tackle Justin Thomason spoke about how training camp is progressing and the improvement of their respective unit including the start of former first round draft pick Ryan Sims as a defensive lineman G.A.
Extra points from UNC's 28-20 loss to Georgia Tech
There were certainly some memorable plays that could have gone either way -- specifically David Sims' 1-yard TD run when he fumbled the ball at the goal line, a potential fumble by Tech QB Vad Lee deep in UNC territory that was overturned on replay, and a holding call on right tackle Jon Heck that negated an 82-yard touchdown pass from Bryn Renner to Ryan Switzer.
Kareem Martin next in line?
Marcus Jones. Julius Peppers. Ryan Sims. Greg Ellis. Donnell Thompson. William Fuller. Dee Hardison. Kentwan Balmer. Robert Quinn. Quinton Coples. The list of great of defensive linemen who have distinguished themselves as Tar Heels seems never ending. Junior Kareem Martin is anxious to continue the lineage as he transitions from supporting role to star performer for UNC.
David Thornton back to Colts roots
David Thornton joined the Colts as a fourth-round draft pick in 2002. Thornton was a classic success story at North Carolina. He fashioned a career that saw him go from a freshman walk-on to a senior starting linebacker. Thornton’s final year was so noteworthy that he was voted team MVP on a squad that featured players who were the second and sixth overall choices in the NFL Draft, defensive linemen Julius Peppers and Ryan Sims.
Batten: Talent in the Trenches
Since the late 1980s, the Tar Heels have been able to attract a steady stream of defensive linemen to Chapel Hill. A total of 25 defensive ends or tackles who played for UNC since 1988 have been selected in the NFL draft, including seven over the past five years. Many in that group, like Greg Ellis, Vonnie Holliday, Ryan Sims, Russell Davis and, of course, Julius Peppers, have gone on to lengthy, successful professional careers.
Ryan Sims waived by Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks have released kicker Brandon Coutu and defensive tackle Ryan Sims, and have signed defensive tackle David Howard and defensive end Maurice Fountain.
Robert Quinn Selected In First Round Of NFL Draft
North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn was selected with the No. 14 overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2011 NFL Draft Thursday evening. Quinn becomes Carolina's 19th overall first-round selection and the highest pick since defensive tackle Ryan Sims (No. 6) in 2002.
NFL Update: Week 14
Julius Peppers, Hilee Taylor and the Panthers faced off against Ryan Sims and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday night for control of the NFC South Division. In other action, David Thornton recorded eight tackles and forced a fumble in 28-9 win over the Browns. Gerald Sensabaugh recorded his fourth interception of the season in a 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. Sam Aiken, New England wide receiver, caught one pass for six yards in 24-21 win over Seattle.
Ryan Sims gets higher profile in time for trip home to play Carolina
Ryan Sims will have a sizeable cheering section Monday night when the Bucs visit the Carolina Panthers. In the stands will be his parents and plenty of other family members and friends from his hometown, Spartanburg, S.C., about 75 miles southwest of Charlotte. Countless others will remember Sims as a three-year standout defensive tackle for North Carolina, where he was a teammate and roommate of Panthers two-time All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers.
Kentwan Balmer Selected In First Round By San Francisco
UNC defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer was selected Saturday in the first round of the NFL Draft (29th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers. Balmer is the 17th first-round draft pick in school history and the first since Julius Peppers (2nd overall) and Ryan Sims (6th overall) in 2002. "It's an honor to be picked in the first round, to represent the University of North Carolina and to go to a great organization like San Francisco," said Balmer.
Big things on defense for UNC
North Carolina football had one of the nation's better defenses throughout the 1990s, placing numerous alumni in the National Football League. However, since Julius Peppers and Ryan Sims led the 2001 team to a victory against Auburn in the Peach Bowl, all but one Tar Heel team has proved to be undermanned and undersized along the defensive line. This should all change soon.
2007 ACC Football Season Preview: North Carolina
North Carolina was a struggling program under John Bunting, and they will struggle again in 2007. There is a major lack of talent in the program. UNC had no players drafted by the NFL in 2007, and just one in 2006. Over the past three drafts, they have had just four selections, and they have not had a player selected on the first day of the draft since 2002, when Julius Peppers and Ryan Sims were taken in the first round.
Keeping it simple isn't stupid
Gauging how successful the 2007 North Carolina football team will be is tricky business, given the relative youth of this group. The one thing anyone should be able to say is the defensive front will be better. There appears to be more talent and depth along the defensive line than there has been since Julius Peppers and Ryan Sims were the gems of the bunch in 2001. "I know I'm not going to be in there for 12 [straight plays]," senior defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer said.