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UNC LB Andre Smith aims to show Florida State he’s tall enough
There is no ideal way for high school boys to hear they’re too short for anything – a spot on a team, a date, a college football scholarship. And so years later, Andre Smith hasn’t forgotten. At one point during his time at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., Smith said the coaching staff at Florida State expressed interest in him.
Ryan Switzer on FSU: "That was a tough place to say no to"
UNC wide receiver Ryan Switzer has become a fixture in Tar Heel football history. His career includes school records and the honor of an All-American selection as a freshman and a junior. But this could've been different. As he takes the field in Tallahassee Saturday, Switzer will be donning Carolina blue and white, but he was close to wearing scarlet and gold.
Trubisky's calmness soothes Tar Heels
When quarterback Mitch Trubisky led the game-winning drive last week against Pittsburgh, it came as no surprise to his North Carolina teammates. To hear them tell it, he barely flinched. “Calm as he could be,” said receiver Bug Howard, who caught the last two touchdown passes. Now more college football fans and observers are learning about Trubisky.
Recruiting Storylines: UNC vs. FSU
Florida State and North Carolina regularly recruit within each other's home states, which has led to intersections on the recruiting trail. As such, a few players could easily be suiting up for the opponent during Saturday's match-up. When Ryan Switzer pledged to UNC, Penn State and West Virginia were finalists. But, Florida State was among the schools to offer.
Metric match: FSU vs. UNC
What areas will be key in determining the winner of Florida State vs. North Carolina? Here are a few statistical trends to focus on for Saturday’s contest between the No. 12 Seminoles (3-1, 0-1 ACC) and the No. 23 Tar Heels (3-1, 1-0 ACC).
Ground game: No. 12 Florida State not relying just on Cook
Florida State's running game is largely defined by Dalvin Cook, but with the emergence of other players the Seminoles are showing they might have one of the deepest ground games in the ACC. The ground game resurgence could bode well for FSU on Saturday as it faces a North Carolina defense that is last in the conference in rushing defense.
Turner's Take: The Lessons of the Past
The last time UNC football traveled to Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium, they came away with a 37-35 win, a thriller that ended with back-to-back field goal attempts: the Tar Heels' Casey Barth hit from 22 yards with 55 seconds to play; Florida State's Dustin Hopkins missed from 40 yards with two seconds on the clock. It was UNC's only win in ten games in Tallahassee.
UNC's Decision Behind Deferring After Winning the Coin Toss
If No. 23 North Carolina happens to win the coin toss ahead of Saturday’s kickoff at No. 12 Florida State, bet the house that Larry Fedora will defer his option to the second half. NCAA rule 3-1-1-e details the options for teams winning the coin toss: (1) designate which team to kick off, (2) designate which goal line to defend and (3) defer the selection to the second half.
ACC officially moves football title game to Orlando
The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game has officially been moved to Orlando. The title game had been played in Charlotte since 2010 and was under contract to be held here through 2019, but the ACC earlier this month pulled the Dec. 3 event from the city over opposition to House Bill 2, marking the latest sports-related fallout from the controversial law.
December trial set for UNC player accused of sexual battery
A North Carolina football player charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and assault on a fellow student is scheduled for trial in December. During a brief court hearing Thursday, attorneys reserved the weeks of Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 for the case against Allen Artis, a junior reserve linebacker suspended indefinitely from the team.
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FSU aware of challenges Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina offense present
Florida State’s defense is fully aware of the difficult task at hand in Saturday’s matchup with North Carolina. After dealing with a pair of mobile quarterbacks in Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and South Florida’s Quinton Flowers, the Seminoles will face a more traditional pocket passer in UNC’s Mitch Trubisky in their third game against a ranked opponent.
Florida State offense regains confidence in time for North Carolina
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said FSU’s Cook, Francois, Patrick and Stevenson form one of the most dynamic rushing attacks his team will face this year. The Seminoles, who were a yard shy of tying a single-game rushing record against USF, hope to impose their will on the Tar Heels during Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. matchup at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Second-unit receivers step up for UNC before facing Florida State
Offensive Coordinator Chris Kapilovic said the backup receivers — including Thomas Jackson, Anthony Ratliff-Williams and Jordan Cunningham — have impressed in limited action this season. “Thomas Jackson had some nice plays (Saturday),” Kapilovic said. “That was a critical third down where he made a guy miss and got a first down.”
Larry Fedora Wednesday Post-Practice Quotes
North Carolina head football coach Larry Fedora spoke to media after Wednesday's practice. On choosing to defer on the coin toss: "I like having the extra possession in the second half. What we do is Gene and Kap and I talk about it before every game [and] decide what we want to try to do. That’s the agreement we’ve had each and every time so far."