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Larry Fedora ACC Teleconference Notes
Larry Fedora opening statement: "We are getting ready for Miami. Miami is playing the best ball they have played all year. They have a lot of confidence, coming off that Thursday night win in Blacksburg. We got a lot of work to do and we got to get ready for them."
Tar Heels In The NFL – Week Eight
Buffalo Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy grabbed his first interception of the season Sunday when he dove to pick off an errant throw from New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick. The former Tar Heel also recorded three tackles in the team's blowout win. Giovani Bernard and the Cincinnati Bengals had a tough week last week when they got shut out on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.
Larry Fedora Radio Show Quotes
Larry Fedora on the win over Virginia: “We were far from playing our best. We have yet to put together a complete game in all three phases. It’s discouraging and exciting at the same time because I know it’s going to happen, I just don’t know when. But we found a way to win, that’s probably the most important thing, is we did what it took to win. We made a few more plays than they did.”
Carolina Rundown: October 29
ACC Basketball Media Day is today, so expect the usual assortment of polls and preseason picks. Danny Green had 13 points and four rebounds as the Spurs won. Brandan Wright had six points and five rebounds for Dallas. Ed Davis had 11 points for the Lakers. Miami is having a "greenout" on Saturday to support Jim Kelly, and the Hurricanes will be without its starting left tackle.
Video: Tuesday Football Post-Practice Interviews
Marquise Williams and Ryan Switzer discuss how to overcome a fast Miami defense, starting out strong and the punt return game after practice on October 28, 2014.
Opponent Preview: Miami
Miami has the 15th best defense in the country in terms of yards per game, allowing only 319 yards per game. The defense has also forced 17 turnovers this season, 10 fumbles and 7 interceptions. The Miami defense is excellent against the pass, holding opponents to 171.6 yards per game and 5.6 yards per attempt, both are the 10th best marks in the country.
UNC Playing Underdog Role Against Miami
Much like UNC, this 2014 Miami team has had an inconsistent season thus far. The Hurricanes are 5-3 (2-2 ACC) and are averaging 37.8 points per game in those five victories. In those three losses, however, fifth-year head coach Al Golden’s squad has been handled by the likes of Louisville (31-13), Nebraska (41-31) and Georgia Tech (28-17).
ACC Upset Watch: Week 10
North Carolina (4-4, 2-2) at Miami (5-3, 2-2), 12:30 p.m. Line: Miami by 17. The line in this game seems a bit high considering the Tar Heels are on a roll after two straight wins. There is no doubt Miami presents many more challenges to a struggling UNC defense -- both from Duke Johnson and its speedy receivers. But the UNC offense presents more challenges than Virginia Tech did
Mack Hollins, Team Confidence Soaring for Tar Heels
There’s a much more positive atmosphere surrounding the Tar Heel football program following back-to-back ACC victories. UNC head coach Larry Fedora says the belief is sky-high for his 4-4 Tar Heels. Coach Fedora was asked Monday what he points to as the key to UNC’s turnaround the past few weeks. His answer? Greater team unity.
Carolina Rundown: October 28
Mack Hollins is the ACC Receiver of the Week. Multiple Tar Heels are in action tonight in the NBA season openers. Danny Green and the Spurs host Dallas (Brandan Wright plus an injured Raymond Felton) at 8 p.m. on TNT, and Ed Davis and Wayne Ellington are on TNT at 10:30 against Houston.
UNC confident as it faces the No. 10 running back in the nation
North Carolina fears The Duke. And it should. This isn’t the Duke that answers to a Blue Devil and can’t travel eight miles through the snow. In fact, this Duke has run for almost three-fifths of a mile on the gridiron this season. This is Duke Johnson, Miami’s third-year, tier-one tailback and the haunter of the Tar Heel defense’s dreams.
Cleveland Browns claim tight end Ryan Taylor
The Cleveland Browns were awarded tight end Ryan Taylor via waivers. Taylor (6-3, 254 pounds), originally a seventh-round draft pick by Green Bay, is in his fourth season out of North Carolina. In the NFL, he's appeared in 50 games with two starts, catching eight passes for 45 yards with one touchdown. He also made 25 special-teams tackles.
UNC Report Card: Virginia
The Tar Heels surprised many people with a comeback victory against Virginia this weekend. The game turned when defensive end Nazair Jones intercepted a Greyson Lambert pass which set up a UNC touchdown pass by Mitch Trubisky of all people. Larry Fedora then dialed up a surprise onside kick letting UNC hold on for a surprising one point victory. On to the Grades:
Thankful Greg Little fitting in fast with Bengals
During the first couple weeks of the NFL season, when he was watching the games at home instead of playing, Greg Little knew that when he received another opportunity he had to make the most of it. He certainly did that on Sunday. After being signed by the Bengals on Oct. 14, Little stepped up in his second game with his new team with three receptions for 42 yards.
UNC locks in on ACC Coastal crown
Following two straight come-from-behind wins, the Tar Heels will be Coastal champions if they win their final four games, starting Saturday at Miami. “There’s a lot of, ‘We have to get these wins,’” offensive guard Landon Turner said. “Every game from here on out is a championship game for us. For us, there’s no added pressure. It’s going to make it more fun.”