Replacing the ACC's Stars: Coastal Division
North Carolina's biggest loss: OLB Norkeithus Otis; Otis’ workload from 2014 will be divided up a bit in 2015. Look for Shakeel Rashad, who moves from bandit to a more traditional LB role, and Joe Jackson, who moves into the starting Will LB spot vacated by Travis Hughes, to step up. Both had strong springs, Jackson perhaps the Tar Heels' most improved player.
Travis Hughes Signs with Cleveland Browns
Travis Hughes had faith that things would work out for him. Hughes starred at North Carolina but wasn't sure if he had done enough to get drafted. Before and during the draft, he heard from several teams. The Cleveland Browns coaching staff told him they liked his competitiveness. "I really started hearing from them over the last couple of weeks," said Hughes, who leaves next Monday for mini-camp.
Video: Fedora, Hughes Wednesday Post-Practice Interviews
Larry Fedora and Travis Hughes talk about a healthy and deeper UNC offensive line, the growth of Elijah Hood, and preparing for Virginia Tech.
Travis Hughes, UNC defense looking for a second chance
Travis Hughes led the UNC defense against ECU with nine total tackles, two for a loss, last year. But UNC’s overall performance — specifically the defense’s — wiped away his smile on that day, too. Now, with a chance for revenge looming, the UNC defense needs energy, specifically from Hughes, to contain the high-octane ECU offense in Greenville Saturday.
Second-Half Heels, Again
Mack Hollins caught a 91-yard pass from Marquise Williams. Brian Walker got his second interception of the game in the fourth quarter, setting up the go-ahead score. Linebackers Travis Hughes and Jeff Schoettmer flew to the ball in the second half and Tim Scott, in his just second career start at safety, sealed the win with an interception in the end zone with 14 seconds remaining.
2014 UNC Season Preview: Linebackers
Among UNC's two central linebackers, junior Jeff Schoettmer and senior Travis Hughes are positioned to be the starters and impact players across the defense. Linebacker coach Ron West has particularly singled out Hughes as being exceptionally sharp in scrimmages and training camp. At the bandit spot senior Norkeithus Otis appears to be penciled in as the starter.
Confident Carolina Defense Raring To Go
UNC defensive coordinator Vic Koenning will be looking to build off the momentum of his unit’s successes in the latter half of the 2013 campaign. Armed with more experience and confidence, the Tar Heels on the defensive side of the football are eager to make more noise this fall. Senior linebacker Travis Hughes figures to be a pivotal piece of the Carolina defensive puzzle in 2014.
Turner's Take: A Solid Corps
The heart of the North Carolina defense is the linebacking corps. With senior bandit Norkeithus Otis redshirt junior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer and senior will linebacker Travis Hughes setting the tone, the Tar Heels are in very good hands. The linebacking corps has an experienced core plus young talent eager to make a difference on Saturdays.
Video: Thursday Players Post-Practice Interviews
UNC defensive players Travis Hughes, Des Lawrence and Brian Walker talked to the media following the Tar Heels' practice on Thursday.
Video: Caleb Pressley Hosts 2014 UNC Football Ladies Clinic
Caleb Pressley interviews Shakeel Rashad, Travis Hughes, Jackson Boyer, and Alex Bales during Player Panel at 2014 UNC Football Ladies Clinic.
Travis Hughes making most of new chance
Coming off a solid junior season last fall, in which Travis Hughes finished fifth on the UNC roster with 76 tackles, five quarterback hurries, one sack, and one fumble recovery, he was looking to mend some fences among his coaches this spring, while also proving that he was still in position to be looked at as a leader among the Tar Heel linebackers going into his senior season of 2014.
UNC LB Travis Hughes Suspended On Assault Charge
UNC linebacker Travis Hughes has been suspended from all team activities due to a misdemeanor assault charge following an altercation with a campus parking enforcement officer, WRAL reports. Kevin Best, UNC football team spokesman, confirmed to multiple news outlets that campus police charged Hughes Thursday morning after the altercation, which happened on campus.
Report: UNC football player Travis Hughes charged with assault
ABC11 has learned that a linebacker for the UNC football team has been charged with assault. School officials say it stems from an altercation between Travis Hughes and a parking attendant. Hughes has been suspended from all team activities
Errors, forced and unforced, cost Tar Heels against Duke
Defensive backs Tré Boston and Brian Walker dropped likely interceptions while running back T.J. Logan dropped a 37-yard pass that would have been a touchdown. Russell Bodine pushed a player after the whistle and Travis Hughes pushed a player into the goalpost to record unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Those breakdowns were too costly Saturday at Kenan Stadium.
Extra Points: Purple Pain
Saturday's abysmal performance was foreshadowed on the Pirates' third snap of the game when Justin Hardy took a dink throw four yards past the line of scrimmage and linebacker Travis Hughes had him dead to rights. Hardy gained 13 yards instead of four. Extrapolate that over four quarters and spread it around 11 players and it's no wonder the Pirates gained 603 yards.