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Denver Broncos sign kicker Connor Barth
The Denver Broncos have waived rookie kicker Brandon McManus and signed Connor Barth, according to Adam Schefter and Mike Klis respectively. Barth is a far more accurate field goal kicker than McManus has shown to be. In 2012 with Tampa Bay, Barth's last NFL season, he made 10 of 11 attempts up to 39 yards, 12 of 13 from 40-49, and 6 of 9 from 50+.
ACC Upset Watch: Week 14
NC State (6-5) at North Carolina (6-5), 12:30 p.m.. Line: North Carolina by 6.5. The Tar Heels are riding high off an impressive 45-20 win against Duke, but now they face their second straight rivalry game against a Wolfpack team that had a week off to prepare. Though UNC's run defense played much better, NC State will try to continue to exploit weaknesses in that group .
Tar Heel Bowl Projections
Here's a look at how the bowls might play out for UNC, followed by some of those same national forecasts that didn't include Carolina a month ago. And yes, we know there is still a game to play, and the outcome against the Wolfpack will determine a great deal about the postseason destination for both schools.
Fedora, Tar Heels Look To Send Seniors Out On Top
For now, the Victory Bell chimes have grown quiet. The Tar Heels have turned their attention to another in-state foe – the Wolfpack of N.C. State. UNC will be striving to make it three straight victories over its rival in red Saturday afternoon inside Kenan Stadium and remarkably, given the 2-4 start, be playing to finish with a 7-5 regular season record.
Rivalry Week: Part Two
While ramifications for last week's win were still echoing through Chapel Hill, N.C. State was making noise of its own in Raleigh ahead of the game against UNC Saturday. Wolfpack safety Hakim Jones caused quite the social media stir at N.C. State's press conference when he said: "After you hit (Marquise Williams) a few times he basically almost quits because he really don't like to get hit."
Wolfpack safety barks, Tar Heels seeing red
After a resounding 45-20 win over Duke last Thursday at Wallace Wade Stadium, the Tar Heels expect to be just as fired up to face the Wolfpack. It didn’t take long on Monday during UNC coach Larry Fedora’s weekly press conference to get focused on N.C. State when he heard comments about the toughness of UNC quarterback Marquise Williams from the Wolfpack’s Hakim Jones.
NC State talk won’t bother Marquise Williams
By now Marquise Williams knows. He has to. An eager Larry Fedora couldn’t wait to tell the redshirt junior quarterback what he just learned at his weekly Monday press conference — so much so that he was tempted to give Williams a call the second the conference ended. “Larry, N.C. State had some player say that when you hit Marquise Williams a few times, he just quits.”
Tar Heels In The NFL – Week 12
Julius Peppers and the Green Bay Packers kept rolling Sunday with a 24-21 win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday for the team’s seventh win in its last eight games. Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has dealt with a couple of different injuries this season. Bruce Carter has played well for the Dallas Cowboys this season, but he’s struggled to get consistent playing time.
Mark Armstrong: The case for 'Quise
Jameis Winston is the reigning Heisman trophy winner, a national champion, almost certainly a first round draft pick. Marquise Williams has almost singlehandedly powered UNC into bowl eligibility, along the way becoming the top QB in the conference. Ask me who'll become a better NFL quarterback and my answer changes, but the 2014 ACC Player of the Year is Marquise Williams.
Larry Fedora Monday Press Conference Quotes
Larry Fedora: “This team is excited and anxious to get back on the field, especially for this next one which will be our last home game and an opportunity for our seniors to go out in this stadium and send them out the right way. Our guys will do a great job of preparation this week and hopefully we will do that.”
UNC puts together a second straight late-season surge
North Carolina is putting together another late-season turnaround. The Tar Heels looked lost with bad defense and inconsistent offense during a 2-4 start, but they've won four of five since to become bowl eligible heading into Saturday's rivalry game against NC State. "I think our coaching staff did a tremendous job of keeping these guys together," coach Larry Fedora said Monday.
By the Numbers: Marquise the Magician
Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams has emerged as one of the top players in the conference, if not the country. Williams’ 33 touchdowns this season are the seventh-most by any player in the country, trailing only Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Notre Dame's Everett Golson and Mississippi State's Dak Prescott among Power 5 QBs.
Williams' Toughness Questioned by Wolfpack
Bowl eligibility has been achieved. ACC division races have been decided. All that's left is the pride and bragging rights that are associated with beating a hated rival, or so it appeared on Monday morning. And then criticism of UNC quarterback Marquise Williams was lobbed over from Raleigh: "Once you hit him a few times he basically almost quits."
Marquise Williams, Nazair Jones, Landon Turner receive weekly ACC awards
North Carolina junior quarterback Marquise Williams was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the second straight week and fourth time this season after leading the Tar Heels’ 45-20 win at No. 25 Duke. UNC junior Landon Turner was recognized as the Offensive Lineman of the Week, while freshman Nazair Jones earned Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.
Wolfpack start rivalry week smack talk
It's UNC vs N.C State week and N.C. State junior safety Hakim Jones started it off by taking a subtle shot at UNC star quarterback Marquise Williams during an interview Monday. "Once you hit him a few times he basically almost quits," Jones said per Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer. It might not be wise for N.C. State to add motivation to UNC's best player.