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Big Quinshad Davis hopes to fill void in Lions’ WR group

When he arrived for rookie minicamp, Quinshad Davis struggled more than some of the other receivers with the acclimation process, but with each practice, he’s looking more comfortable with what the Detroit coaching staff has put on his plate. Davis has leaned on former UNC teammate, tight end Eric Ebron, to accelerate that understanding of the playbook.

Will UNC Have a 1,000 Yard Receiver in 2016?

UNC has not had a 1000 yard receiver during the Larry Fedora era. Eric Ebron came close in 2013 with 973 yards. Quinshad Davis in 2012, Ryan Switzer in 2014 and Mack Hollins in 2015 topped out at around 700 yards. In Fedora's offense the ball gets spread around and the nature of the offense, with short passes, doesn't lend itself to big gains.

Preview: Texas vs. No. 3 North Carolina

Coach Shaka Smart’s three freshmen now have eight games under their belt, and all are finding a certain comfort level. Smart needs Kerwin Roach, Eric Davis and Tevin Mack all to contribute against North Carolina.

Video: Former Players Remember Coach Dean Smith

Former Tar Heel players Eric Montross, Phil Ford, Hubert Davis and current player Marcus Paige speak about their thoughts on the passing of legendary Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith.

2014 Season Preview: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

Much like the running backs, the receiving corps at UNC has plenty of talent and the potential to put up some big numbers. The question is can they all while replacing Eric Ebron? The qualities that Quinshad Davis and Ryan Switzer bring to the table give UNC some flexibility in the passing game. UNC also enjoys a little depth among the receivers with Bug Howard showing flashes last season.

T.J. Thorpe looking for breakthrough year

Fully healthy for the first time in over a year and a half, UNC rising junior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe staked his claim for a more prominent role within the offense. Though UNC returns four of its top six pass catchers from a year ago, including Thorpe, Quinshad Davis, Ryan Switzer, and Bug Howard, the departures of Eric Ebron and Sean Tapley have created a dynamic where the returnees have to fill the gap.

Lions' top pick Eric Ebron overcame share of obstacles

After three seasons at North Carolina, the Lions drafted 6-foot-4, 250-pound Eric Ebron with the 10th overall pick in the first round of Thursday’s NFL draft, making him the first tight end selected in the top 10 since Vernon Davis in 2006. As confident and gregarious as Ebron is at 21, his path to the draft was paved with turns. And for a long time, football wasn’t even on his mind.

Detroit Lions draft UNC tight end Eric Ebron

The athletic, rangy tight end has become all the rage in the NFL, and the Lions now have one in Eric Ebron after after making him the No. 10 overall pick Thursday. Ebron is an athletic pass-catching tight end in the mold of San Francisco’s Vernon Davis, a constant threat to make the big play. Ebron established UNC school records for receptions (62) and receiving yards (973) by a tight end last season.

Ten Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Football Recognition

Four Tar Heels were named first-team All-ACC and a total of 10 received all-conference recognition, as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Eric Ebron, James Hurst, Kareem Martin and Ryan Switzer received first-team honors, while Tre Boston was a second-team selection. Quinshad Davis, Russell Bodine, Norkeithus Otis, Jabari Price and Tommy Hibbard received honorable mention.

Extra Points: Inches Short

Marquise Williams was not sharp throwing the ball, two cases in point being third-quarter passes behind Eric Ebron that resulted in an interception and one too long to Quinshad Davis that fell incomplete near the goal line. Adding insult to injury, one throw that he was dead accurate with was dropped by T.J. Logan at the two yard-line. The Tar Heels dropped three potential interceptions.

ACC Week 11: Did you know?

North Carolina: Eric Ebron is just 202 yards shy of breaking the ACC record for receiving yards in a season for a tight end, set by Maryland’s Vernon Davis in 2005. He’s 26 catches shy of the conference record held by Virginia’s Heath Miller, set in 2003. Ebron has had at least four catches and 60 yards in each of his last seven games.

Lucas: Carolina Basketball Notebook

Hubert Davis recently taught a history class to sophomore center Joel James. The subject: the 1993 Tar Heels. The Tar Heel assistant obtained a copy of the UNC-Michigan national championship game for James to watch. "They had three seven-footers on that team," James said of the squad that included Eric Montross, Matt Wenstrom, Kevin Salvadori and Serge Zwikker.

Dean Smith receives TBJ lifetime achievement award for diversity efforts

Triangle Business Journal’s inaugural Leaders in Diversity Awards featured former UNC men’s basketball coach Dean Smith, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Although Smith wasn’t present, you could easily tell Smith had friends in the crowd - tall friends such as former UNC players Hubert Davis and Eric Montross. Davis accepted on Smith’s behalf.

2013 ACC Top 25 player countdown: No. 24, Eric Ebron

In his first year as a starter, North Carolina's Eric Ebron set school records for receptions (40) and receiving yards (625) by a tight end en route to second-team All-ACC honors. Vernon Davis and Heath Miller are the only players to have more receiving yards at the tight end position in ACC history. Guess what? Ebron is going to be even better in 2013.

UVa football opponent preview: North Carolina

Head coach Larry Fedora, in his second season from Southern Miss, returns 13 starters, including quarterback Bryn Renner, a national star candidate. Renner won’t have as loaded a surrounding cast, however, sophomore receiver Quinshad Davis and junior tight end Eric Ebron will each give the signal caller valuable options.

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