Video: Wednesday Football Post-Practice Interviews
Larry Fedora and Dajaun Drennon talk after practice about what they expect from Virginia on October 22, 2014.
Red-hot Marquise Williams hopes UNC can replicate last year's finish
Marquise Williams had helped engineer a 6-1 finish for the Tar Heels last season following a 1-5 start, raising 2014 expectations that made the program's 2-4 start this fall all the more disappointing. Still, with Williams back in charge with five games to go, last year's finish is a good starting point for how UNC can turn things around again.
I Can’t Quit You, UNC Football
Carolina is only 1-2 in ACC play and still very much in contention for the #WideOpenCoastal. I’m telling myself that UNC’s only real “bad loss” was against Virginia Tech and that was when Fedora was still rotating quarterbacks. None of the remaining opponents are as formidable as ECU, Clemson, or Notre Dame. In other words I am in full blown relapse mode. I can’t quit you UNC football.
Video: Former UNC Star Robert Quinn's Inspirational Path to Success
Before achieving stardom with the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, Robert Quinn overcame a brain tumor during high school on the way to achieving his dream as a standout defensive end at North Carolina.
Scouting the Schedule: A Look at UNC's Remaining Opponents
At 3-4, UNC would have to win three of its last five games to secure bowl eligibility. The good news is there are no monsters on the schedule like there were in the first six games; on the other hand, there are no real lemons either. Here is a look at how the remaining five teams on UNC's schedule made out this week and where their seasons stand:
UVa focused on stopping UNC's Marquise Williams
The Cavaliers will need another dynamite effort on defense Saturday as their bowl hopes hang in the balance. UNC quarterback Marquise Williams, who ranks 17th in total offense at 318 yards per game, is coming to Charlottesville and is playing the best football of his career. The Virginia defense has been among the best in the country, though, and Williams will have his hands full.
Carolina Rundown: October 22
Roy Williams will return to Lawrence on Monday for a celebration of Allen Fieldhouse. 11 points and six boards for Ed Davis off the bench last night for the Lakers. Harrison Barnes had 10 and six. Reggie Bullock had a bucket for the Clippers. Just one Tar Heel on Phil Steele's midseason All-ACC football team, as Landon Turner earned a second-team selection.
T.J. Logan key to UNC turnaround
After last Saturday’s win against Georgia Tech, UNC now controls its own destiny to win the ACC Coastal Division and gain a berth in the conference championship game for the first time in school history. But if the Tar Heels are going to win their final five games of 2014, they are going to need a repeat of the late-2013 performance put on by running back T.J. Logan.
Extra Points: One And Counting
Good news for the Tar Heels is that Virginia's roster evolution over the last decade shows it currently has only three players from the state of North Carolina, and one of them is a kicker and neither of the others is on the two-deep. That's a pleasant development indeed given Virginia's proclivity the last three decades to harvest players from south of the border.
UNC’s offense learning to share ball
North Carolina’s football team has begun trying a new tactic in recent weeks: using running backs to run. While quarterback Marquise Williams continues to be the focal point of the offense and put up gaudy statistics against both Notre Dame and Georgia Tech, 898 yards of total offense, the offense is finding a bit of balance, as well.
Video: UNC Football Tuesday Post-Practice Interviews
Landon Turner and T.J. Logan discuss chemistry along the offensive line, finishing runs, and preparing for Virginia after practice on October 21, 2014.
Mack Brown’s First 1-On-1, In-Depth Interview Since Leaving the Sidelines
Some were mad that I left, but I thought that was a compliment. And in reality we never thought we’d leave Chapel Hill. We loved it there. We still have our friends in North Carolina that we’re very close to and talk to all the time. And I would also be lying if I said we weren’t disappointed that UNC didn’t proactively come out and say, ‘We want you to stay here for good, no matter what it takes,’ instead of just reacting after-the-fact to the Texas interest.
Tar Heels Return to Hooville
The “South’s Oldest Rivalry” has not been to very kind to the University of Virginia in recent years. The Cavaliers have dropped their last four in a row to the Tar Heels, with three of those games coming by 24 points or more. As for 2014, this is a team and fan base that has ridden a roller coaster to a 4-3 (2-1 ACC) record. Virginia has lost three one-score games to UCLA, BYU and most recently Duke last Saturday.
ACC Upset Watch: Week 9
North Carolina (3-4, 1-2) at Virginia (4-3, 2-1), noon, ESPN3. Line: Virginia by 7. We saw Virginia in a nutshell last week in a loss to Duke. If its defense cannot create pressure or turnovers, the offense cannot win games on its own. So how the defense handles suddenly unstoppable Marquise Williams is going to be the biggest key in this game.
ACC Announces Future Notre Dame Dates
The ACC and Notre Dame have announced their football playing dates through the 2025 season, formally sealing the partnership that began this season and will feature an average of five games per year between ACC teams and the Fighting Irish over a 12-year span. UNC will take on Notre Dame three times between 2017 and 2022, with the next meeting coming on Oct. 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill.