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Cayson Collins discusses UNC's defense
With the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game eight days away, the pressure is on for the Tar Heels to start the season out on a high note. Georgia running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb are sure to perform well, and with Georgia’s lack of experience at quarterback, the Bulldogs are expected to play the run game. UNC Junior linebacker Cayson Collins knows that.
UNC Prepares for Georgia Rushing Attack
When No. 22 UNC and No. 18 Georgia meet in Atlanta on Sept. 3, all eyes will be on the matchup between the Tar Heels’ run defense and the Bulldogs’ offensive backfield. The Tar Heels are expecting an onslaught from the Bulldogs backfield, not only because of their own unimpressive pedigree, but also due to the uncertainty of Georgia’s quarterback situation.
Fall Sports Calendar Heats Up At UNC
Fall sports season is officially in full swing on campus. The UNC men’s soccer season gets underway Friday night as the #8 Tar Heels host Cal Poly, 7:30 pm at Fetzer Field. Carolina also hosts St. Louis on Sunday at 7:30. Also this weekend, UNC women’s soccer is in Florida: Friday evening they’re in Fort Myers facing Florida Gulf Coast at 7 pm; then on Sunday they’re in Boca Raton, taking on Florida Atlantic at 1:00.
Coach Warren gives insight on secondary, freshman
North Carolina has veterans who will start in the secondary against Georgia. But behind them there are a lot of new players. CarolinaBlue spoke with UNC defensive backs coach Charlton Warren on Wednesday for a breakdown of the position group. "I have five dudes in nickel who have played a bunch of snaps for us without putting any freshman on the field."
Video: UNC DC Gene Chizik Discusses Defensive Depth
Gene Chizik is putting the finishing touches on preparations for his Tar Heel defense's second season. There are key upperclassmen that are going to be counted on for leadership and big plays in 2016, but backing up those established players is talented youth that is expected to contribute this season.
UNC’s ‘quickest man in college football’ will test UGA’s punt coverage
Georgia freshman punter Marshall Long will be welcomed to college football by having Ryan Switzer back for the Tar Heels to field the ball. Switzer’s next punt return touchdown will tie the NCAA career record of eight held by Wes Welker (Texas Tech) and Antonio Perkins (Oklahoma). Creating room to run after the catch makes the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Switzer go.
Trubisky's experience gives Fedora, Tar Heels confidence in QB
After flashes of brilliance as a backup over the past two seasons, it’s Mitch Trubisky’s turn to lead a UNC offense that soared to new heights last season under Marquise Williams. “He knew his time was coming; his time is here. I think he’s excited about it,” Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said. "There’s no doubt in my mind he’s prepared because of the reps he’s had.".
UNC-Chapel Hill issues statements on Tim Beckman
Statement from Chancellor Carol L. Folt: “When I first learned yesterday that Coach Larry Fedora had invited former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman to serve as a volunteer with the football program, I was surprised and disappointed. The decision for Mr. Beckman to withdraw from his volunteer position was the right thing to do, and moving forward I don’t expect this situation to recur."
Tim Beckman steps down as UNC assistant
One day after accepting a role as a volunteer assistant for the UNC football program, former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman is stepping down saying, "I do not wish to be a further distraction. I appreciate the opportunity Coach (Larry) Fedora gave me to stay connected to the sport and be around one of the best staffs in the country."
Tar Heel Quartet Named To Lombardi Watch List
UNC standouts Jon Heck, Elijah Hood, Nazair Jones and Caleb Peterson are among the 158 candidates on the preliminary watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the organization announced Thursday. The Rotary Lombardi Award began in 1970 by the Rotary Club of Houston to honor NFL coach Vince Lombardi and to recognize outstanding college football lineman.
Report: Julius Peppers to be cleared by NFL of PED allegations
Though Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers hoped to avoid interviewing with the NFL regarding performance-enhancing drug allegations made in an Al Jazeera report, the talks appear to have benefited both players. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the league found no new evidence of PED use and plans to clear the Green Bay Packers linebackers of wrongdoing.
Kirk Herbstreit picks UNC to beat Georgia
College football's loaded Week 1 slate includes four games between Top 25 teams, including one between No. 18 Georgia and No. 22 North Carolina at the Georgia Dome. ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit was asked Thursday via Twitter for his thoughts about UNC's opening-week matchup. "I like the Heels. I think they win week 1".
Video: 2016 Kenan Stadium Upgrades
Kenan Stadium, the home of the Tar Heels since it first opened in 1927, will see some big upgrades for the 2016 football season.
Charlton Warren Seeking Consistency from UNC's Freshman Defensive Backs
No. 22 North Carolina’s freshmen defensive backs were arguably the top storyline of training camp. Players such as Patrice Rene, Myles Dorn and K.J. Sails, among others, became household names for diehards in the span of a few short weeks. The freshman learning curve continues into Week 1 as the Tar Heels prepare for No. 18 Georgia.
Lee Pace to discuss his book about Kenan Stadium
The narrative from author Lee Pace captures the unique spirit of the stadium, and a kaleidoscope of historical and modern photographs from dozens of sources bring Kenan to life at every juncture. The voices of ten literary figures of regional and national note are included as well, rounding out the picture of a campus landmark so near and dear to so many.