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T.J. Yates Accomplishes Rare Feat During Atlanta Falcons' Bye Week
Falcons quarterback TJ Yates can say he's done something few professional golfers have after what can only be described as a productive bye week. Thinking about getting some rest and relaxation before the Falcons would return for last week's preparations for Tampa Bay, Yates took his wife, Amy, out to Sugar Hill Golf Club, not far from Falcons headquarters, for a quick nine holes.
Video: UNC vs Miami 2009: Can't Be Touched
The Tar Heels put on a highlight reel performance, beating the Miami Hurricanes 33-24 on November 14, 2009 in Chapel Hill, highlighted by cornerback Kendric Burney's 3 interceptions and a school record 170 interception return yards.
Countdown to Kickoff: Pittsburgh
North Carolina must win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible. First up is a home matchup with Coastal Division foe Pittsburgh on Saturday (12:30pm/ACCN). UNC is favored by two points in the second meeting between these programs as ACC rivals. The Tar Heels outlasted the Panthers, 34-27, in last season’s contest in Pittsburgh.
Tar Heels host Panthers as teams chase bowl bids
UNC's defense has struggled to stop anybody this season. Now the Tar Heels must figure out a way to slow down one of the nation's top rushers. Pittsburgh's James Conner is averaging 149.1 yards rushing, good for fourth nationally, heading into Saturday's trip to UNC. And the 6-foot-2, 250-pound sophomore is facing a defense allowing nearly 220 yards rushing per game.
Carolina Rundown: November 14
Vince Carter had 11 points and four rebounds. Brandan Wright had 14 points and five rebounds. Harrison Barnes had 12 points. Da'Norris Searcy had three tackles in the Thursday night game. It looks like Eric Ebron will play this weekend. A recruiting coup for Carolina, as Jalen Dalton signed and will enroll in January.
Nick Weiler vs. Thomas Moore: Who will it be for UNC football?
For six months, Larry Fedora stayed quiet, keeping his lips tight between Feb. 20 and Aug. 30 about who his starting quarterback might be. Marquise Williams. Mitch Trubisky. Now, Fedora is in the midst of another decision regarding an open competition that began two weeks ago after the Tar Heels lost to Miami 47-20. Nick Weiler. Thomas Moore. A battle for the kicking job.
Six storylines: UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Can North Carolina get any production from its short-handed running back corps? Junior running back Romar Morris was arrested for DWI less than 24 hours after UNC’s loss against Miami, and freshman running back Elijah Hood hasn’t played in over a month due to injury. Morris is suspended for UNC’s game against Pittsburgh, and Hood is not expected to play.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Pitt
Some of Pitt's rushing numbers would be frightening for UNC except everyone is used to them by now. Panther RB James Conner racks up copious yardage giving the Panthers a nice, fat 247 yards per game or 5.4 yards per rushing attempt. Against UNC allowing 4.8 yards per game and third down conversions at 49%, Pitt could have a ball control field day.
UNC Football Looking To Match Pitt’s Physicality Saturday
The 4-5 North Carolina football team desperately needs a Homecoming win against the 4-5 Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday. The 12:30 p.m. kickoff inside Kenan Stadium will feature one of the nation’s premier running backs, and he’s not playing for the Tar Heels. The Panthers are playing an old-school brand of power football that Pittsburgh fans enjoy and opposing ACC defenses lament.
Pitt’s Conner presents familiar, but different challenge for UNC defense
Pittsburgh sophomore running back James Conner is averaging better than six yards per carry and has scored 17 rushing touchdowns while ranking third nationally with 1,342 yards. Those numbers only figure to rise against an UNC defense that ranks dead last in the ACC and allows an average of 219.7 yards per game. “You’re going to have to get multiple hats to him to get him down,” Fedora said.
Video: Caleb Pressley Speaks at ZTA Sorority Academic Banquet
Caleb Pressley speaks at the University of North Carolina Zeta Tau Alpha Academic Banquet on November 11, 2014.
Pitt/UNC Insider Q&A
Pitt is not the only game in town (regarding sports). They played a backseat to the Steelers and Pirates when they had Dan Marino and Hugh Green and somewhat with Tony Dorsett, let alone now, with the Penguiins being good too, so fan participation reflects that. With that being said, there is not a practical way to hire a $10-million a year coach and spend millions on recruiting, assistant coaches, etc.
Tar Heels hope kickers regroup for bowl push
If North Carolina wants to make a late bowl push, the Tar Heels need their kicking game to improve. They've used senior Thomas Moore and sophomore Nick Weiler to kick field goals this season, though neither has provided reliable production. That's made the kicking job an open competition for much of the past two weeks, heading into Saturday's home game with Pittsburgh.
Tar Heels Bracing for Physical Test
Miami’s Duke Johnson showcased his ability to run around UNC defenders two weeks ago. Pittsburgh will employ a different approach in its ground game against the Tar Heels this weekend. Pitt running back James Conner leads the ACC with 149.1 rushing yards per game, while Johnson ranks second with 134.8 ypg. The similarities, by and large, end there in trying to compare the rushing attacks.
What To Watch For: Pitt
Two weeks after facing Duke Johnson, Carolina has another stiff challenge in the backfield as Pittsburgh brings James Conner to town. A sophomore tailback, Conner averages nearly 150 yards per game on the ground, fourth-best in the country. Conner can break off a 74-yard run as he did against Georgia Tech –he’s got escapability and the knack of making people miss– but he’s not afraid of contact.