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Gamecocks preparing for up-tempo UNC offense
You’ll read today about how South Carolina is getting close to ending camp and really starting on season preparation. The coaches have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t, who will play and who won’t. Defensively, the prep has already begun. North Carolina awaits on Sept. 3, and that’s not the only team that will try to exploit the Gamecocks’ fresh-faced defense.
UNC needs its running backs to step up
When fall camp began, UNC assistant coach Seth Littrell made a promise to the team's tailbacks. This season the Tar Heels were going to run the ball a lot. In UNC's opening scrimmage, that's exactly what happened. The tailbacks got their touches, and they responded by breaking off a series of big runs. It was a refreshing change of pace. "We're going to be good at running back," junior T.J. Logan said.
Bentley Spain Locking Down Left Tackle
Fast forward to his second spring in Chapel Hill and Charlotte, N.C. product Bentley Spain nudged out incumbent John Ferranto at left tackle for a spot with the first team. “Bentley Spain has stepped up at that left tackle position and is doing a really nice job and adding to it,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora told reporters last week.
Countdown UNC's 10 Best Players: #4 Ryan Switzer
Ryan Switzer got stronger and faster over the offseason, and opposing defenses better watch out for him come Saturdays in the Fall. Perhaps Switzer will recapture some of the magic he had in the punt return game that he showcased in 2013’s record-breaking season. However, even if Switzer can’t break through and take any punts back to the house, he will make his mark as a wide receiver.
Tar Heels hoping offseason revamp means big step forward
North Carolina has spent the months since the end of a frustrating season trying to repair a fractured locker room as well as a broken defense. Fourth-year coach Larry Fedora is waiting to find out if the Tar Heels have done both. "We'll think we know things about this football team," Fedora said, "but until we're faced with adversity, we won't really know."
Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 8
No. 8 - DT Jeremiah Clarke: Clarke has not played a minute of football for UNC, yet he is likely to be a starter come September 3rd. There are a lot of unknowns on the North Carolina defensive line. There is some depth, size, and talent, but no real proven track record. What is known is that the Tar Heel front four have to play better and make an impact if the defense wants a chance to improve.
Former UNC Football Players Rally Around Teammate Quincy Monk As He Battles Cancer
A former UNC Tar Heel football player is battling major health issues and his teammates are coming in for support. Quincy Monk played linebacker for Carolina from 1998 through 2001, finishing second on the team in tackles in his senior season, before being selected by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the NFL draft.
UNC’s Williams, State’s Brissett: Similar goals, different leadership styles
Like Tar Heels’ Red Bull-fueled coach Larry Fedora, Marquise Williams is a flashy ball of energy, always barreling full speed ahead regardless of what or who is standing in his way. Jacoby Brissett, on the other hand, is much more reserved and calculated — an elusive, mature reflection of his understated coach Dave Doeren.
2015 Football Preview: Special Teams
Place Kicking: This might be the one aspect of the 2014 Tar Heel team that was worse than the defense and that's saying something. After enjoying nearly a decade of Barth family products giving UNC reliable placekicking, the program has fallen on hard times. Nick Weiler is back for his junior season and if he can get things figured out it would certainly bolster the kicking game.
Tyrell Tomlin Leaves UNC Football Program
Sophomore linebacker Tyrell Tomlin is no longer enrolled at UNC after being ruled academically ineligible, the school announced on Tuesday. The sophomore from Marietta, Ga. was listed third on the depth chart at his linebacker position entering fall camp. He recorded four tackles in 10 games as a true freshman in 2014.
Video: Charlton Warren Mic'd Up at Training Camp
North Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren gets Mic'd Up at Tar Heel Training Camp on Monday, August 17, 2015.
Make-or-break position battle: North Carolina
We're breaking down the biggest fall-camp position battles in the ACC for each team. Up next, North Carolina. Position battle, strong safety - The candidates: Junior Dominiquie Green is the most experienced of the group, starting 22 games in his first two seasons at UNC, but this spring, true freshman J.K. Britt took command of the position and ended up atop the depth chart.
UNC Football's Top Swing Games for 2015
UNC at Pittsburgh, Oct. 29: A Thursday night win on the road would vault the Heels into the last quarter of the season with their heads held high and a division title in reach. Expect the game to be close since UNC won the two previous matchups by 12 points combined. Carolina will also have to try to shut down running back James Conner, who is the leading returning rusher among Power 5 teams.
Countdown To Kickoff: Week 2
Tar Heel fans may remember Giovani Bernard's 74-yard punt return for the go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left, capping off a rally to win 43-35 over the Wolfpack. "I still can't believe it," Bernard said after the game. "I'm still shaking right now." Bernard finished with 135 yards rushing for two scores, eight catches for 95 yards and the punt return touchdown.
Video: UNC’s QB Williams Primed for Historic Season
Marquise Williams has a veteran o-line and his top 4 wide receivers are back. Yes, the Tar Heel star is going to put up some huge numbers in 2015. North Carolina’s QB is #11 in the ACC Digital Network’s 2015 Top 25 Players to Watch list.