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Storylines to Watch for UNC Football Spring Practice

There are many storylines to watch this spring season, but there are two, overarching major storylines to follow: 1) What impact will Gene Chizik have on UNC's defense? and 2) What are the implications of Marquise Williams sitting out this spring with a hip injury? Let’s dive into those storylines and more:

Video: UNC Football - 1st Day of Spring Practice 2015

There was still plenty of snow on the ground but the Tar Heels took to the practice field for the first day of spring practice on March 1st, 2015.

Extra Points: Springing Forward

The conditions Sunday afternoon in no way spoke to anything resembling springtime—35 degrees, gray skies, mounds of snow piled to the extremities of the Navy Field practice turf, some cold mist and drizzle the second hour. Nonetheless, Tar Heel coach Larry Fedora convened his team for the inauguration of spring football 2014.

Spring Football Begins

The first step towards the 2015 football season starts today at Navy Field when North Carolina starts spring football practice. Larry Fedora's fourth team will look to improve on the 6-7 mark of the 2014 squad, which ended on a two-game losing streak - at home to rival North Carolina State, 35-7, and in the Quick Lane Bowl to Rutgers, 40-21.

UNC QB Marquise Williams to miss spring practice

No spring ball for North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams; he’s got a hip injury. The Tar Heels begin spring practices Sunday at Navy Field. UNC’s spring drills will culminate during an open scrimmage at Rocky River High School in Charlotte at 1 p.m. April 11. UNC normally plays its spring football games in Kenan Stadium, but the field has been ripped apart to replace an old stormwater drainpipe.

Tar Heels running game should see drastic improvement

There is little reason why North Carolina should not be able to run the football with more success in 2015. The Heels need to improve their run game, which finished ranked No. 81 in FBS last season. Having a great running attack to compliment an already potent passing offense protects against UNC's defense tiring out and keeps opposing offensive attacks off the field.

Video: Blue Dawn Day 7

With weather issues over the last couple of days, UNC Football finally got in day 7 of Blue Dawn...but since it was Friday afternoon, it was more Blue Dusk.

Gene Chizik tasked with revamping UNC defense

When the time came for UNC coach Larry Fedora to make defensive staff changes, he figured he would try the biggest long shot on his list of potential hires. Though he had never worked with Gene Chizik, the two competed against each other at various stops throughout their careers. Fedora the offensive coordinator, going against Chizik, the defensive coordinator. Fedora had no idea whether Chizik would even listen.

Extra Points: Hope Springs

Carolina opens spring football practice Sunday with decidedly different missions in three phases of a team coming off a 6-7 mark in 2014. Offense: Rev up the tempo, get stronger upfront, be more physical. Defense: Start from scratch with a new coaching staff and different scheme. Kicking game: Find a reliable punter and place-kicker and juice a return game that was largely ineffectual in 2014.

Five things to love about UNC Football in 2015

UNC could not be much worse on the defensive side of the ball in 2014 (ranking No. 117), but Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora did something about it- hiring national championship winner Gene Chizik to coordinate that side of the ball. Assistants John Papuchis and Charlton Warren arrive from Nebraska. Both are excellent on-field coaches, evaluators and recruiters.

UNC football: Four reasons to like the 2015 offense

UNC is a fast-paced tempo/spread team under head coach Larry Fedora. The scheme is designed to snap the ball fast and tire an opposing defense out quickly. It’s important in this scheme to be able to run the football. Here are four reasons to like what the Tar Heels have coming back in 2015.

Football Spring Events Announced

UNC will conduct 15 spring football practices over the course of six weeks in March and April, and will hold public scrimmages on March 28 in Chapel Hill and April 11 in Charlotte. UNC will not have a traditional Spring Game in Chapel Hill due to ongoing repairs to the Kenan Stadium playing surface. UNC is replacing an aging storm water drain pipe, which is located under the field and extends from one end zone to the other.

Video: Blue Dawn Day 6 - Snow Edition

The North Carolina football team worked out amid the pre-dawn snow in Chapel Hill on Tuesday in preparation for Spring practice and the upcoming 2015 football season.

Video: Blue Dawn Day 5

Highlights from Day 5 of the Tar Heels' "Blue Dawn" offseason conditioning program as they prepare Monday morning for Spring practice and the 2015 football season.

The 2015 ACC Oscars

Best Costume Design: North Carolina - I’m a fan of the Carolina blue, so any uniform combination that incorporates that blue hue is going to rule this category. Whether it’s the more traditional UNC uniform or some of the newer looks with the black, the Carolina colors and wardrobe is usually spot on.

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