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Two UNC Defensive Linemen Sidelined for Saturday vs James Madison
UNC's defensive line will be shorthanded when it takes the field on Saturday against James Madison. Defensive tackle Nazair Jones and defensive end Tomon Fox are both sidelined. Jones, who has 14 tackles and three tackles for loss this season, is recovering from a concussion and Fox suffered a leg injury in practice this week, according to sources.
UNC Football: Players to Watch - Week Three
James Madison Player to Watch: Quarterback Bryan Schor - Schor, standing 6’2”, is effective both throwing and running the football. Through the first two games of the season, he has three passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns. His ability to scramble for large chunks of yardage will be a challenge for the Tar Heels' defense.
Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. James Madison
Saturday marks the latest the Tar Heels have opened their home schedule since 2010. UNC welcomes its first of two FCS opponents to Kenan Stadium when the 8th-ranked Dukes bring their high-powered offense to town. James Madison is averaging 68 points and 405 rushing yards per game after dismantling Morehead State (80-7) and Central Connecticut State (56-21).
Chansky’s Notebook: Choice Is Yours
It’s another tell-all opener for Carolina. What will the long-standing casual North Carolina football fan do? Show up in droves to help get the team above .500 and prepare for the murderer’s row of games to follow? Or return to the apathy of old, stay home, watch on whatever platform or listen on the radio while shopping or mowing the grass?
Coach Kap Notes: OL depth, Cross training, QB runs, Hatton
UNC offensive coordinator and line coach Chris Kapilovic said there was a little more focus of getting quarterback Mitch Trubisky running and out of the pocket early. "We called a few more quarterback runs," Coach Kap said. "We just felt like 'Hey lets just get him in the flow early. Let him get tackled. Move around and start feeling it."
After years of waiting, R.J. Prince excited to be a starter
When redshirt junior R.J. Prince started against Illinois last Saturday, he saw three and a half years of hard work and patience pay off. "It felt like I achieved a goal. It's something that I've been working for. It felt good to achieve it," Prince said. Waiting for almost four years, Prince was hyped up and ready to perform, but maybe a little too ready.
Carolina Hosts JMU In Home Opener Saturday
North Carolina finally makes its home debut when the Tar Heels welcome James Madison to Kenan Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Regional Sports Network. Ranked No. 8 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), James Madison has outscored its first two opponents 136-28.
Peppers adjusting to reduced playing time
When he talked about having a reduced role, Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers couldn't have envisioned playing just 40 percent of the defense's snaps in the season opener. Not after playing 71 percent and 84 percent in the previous two openers. It was a drastic reduction for a guy who at age 36 recognizes that he can't play the same amount of snaps he used to.
49ers’ Shaun Draughn happy to have name (mis)called
ESPN's Chris Berman spent the prime-time telecast calling him Shaun “Drawn,” but his name is pronounced “Drone.” The error had Draughn’s loved ones up in arms, and he also received videos that included Berman’s repeated gaffe from friends in his hometown of Tarboro, N.C. “Better to call (my name) wrong than not be calling it at all,” Draughn said. “It’s all good.”
Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - James Madison
Let North Carolina coordinators Gene Chizik and Chris Kapilovic tell you about what the Tar Heels expect to see from James Madison
Coach Kap on T.J. Logan: "That is the guy we recruited"
"[T.J. Logan] is a huge weapon. Still probably the greatest performance I have seen in my life was when I went down to the state championship game --- 520 yards and eight touchdowns (Video
). I couldn't believe what I was seeing. This was the state championship game. It wasn't like he was playing some preseason against a team. That is what he is capable of."
Photos: Inside Kenan Stadium Before UNC Football's Home Opener
Painting on the Kenan Stadium field was completed on Thursday and Inside Carolina was there to take photos. Check out the scene two days before the Tar Heels play at Kenan for the first time this season.
Tar Heels getting big plays from senior T.J. Logan to start 2016
T.J. Logan spent North Carolina's first two games making big runs, catching passes and breaking off long kickoff returns. And the backup tailback has been the Tar Heels' most impressive player to start the season heading into Saturday's home opener against James Madison. "I just feel like every time I step on the field, I'm trying to make plays," Logan said.
Preliminaries are over for JMU, which plays at UNC on Saturday
James Madison’s players and coach have experience beating an FBS opponent. They did it last year in different months and different states. That upsetting success can’t hurt the Dukes (2-0) as they travel to North Carolina (1-1) on Saturday, though a date with the Tar Heels represents a dramatic upgrade in competition.
Ryan Switzer on returning for senior year, breaking records
North Carolina wide receiver and punt returner Ryan Switzer had the option to turn pro and test his stock in the NFL draft last offseason, but he opted to remain at UNC for his senior year and now has the opportunity to break multiple records. Looking back, Switzer said staying at Carolina was the right choice.