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Defensive line gelling at the right time

Through the first four games of the season, North Carolina’s defense has left plenty to be desired. First, the unit struggled to make tackles. Then, the secondary had missed assignments galore. This week against Virginia Tech, they’ll have to try to put everything together for a complete game. (Carolina Blue)

Tech's big-play susceptibility on line against Tar Heels

Virginia Tech’s defense ranks 27th nationally, allowing 325.6 yards per game, but is among the worst when it comes to giving up big plays. Only eight Division I schools, out of 128, have allowed more plays covering 20 or more yards than the Hokies, who have allowed 32. The numbers are more than a little troubling for a program that has always had defense as its calling card. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels In The NFL – Week Four

Detroit Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron scored his first career NFL touchdown Sunday in the team's 24-17 win over the New York Jets. Ebron's score came on a seam pass that quarterback Matthew Stafford threw perfectly, and the former Tar Heel was able to finish the play for six points. Bad news out of Dallas Sunday night as linebacker Bruce Carter injured his quad. (GoHeels.com)

Landon Turner To Return vs. Virginia Tech

North Carolina faces a dangerous Virginia Tech team this weekend, one that has already knocked off Ohio State in Columbus and is looking to avoid an 0-2 start in conference action. If the Tar Heels are to earn a victory over Virginia Tech at sold out Kenan Stadium, they will have to improve on last week's performance at Clemson. (GoHeels.com)

Blame, pressure build on UNC secondary

A week after ECU gashed UNC’s defensive backfield, Clemson took advantage immediately, throwing for a 74-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game Saturday, a play that Fedora said saw two blown coverages. Coverage has been a consistent weak spot for UNC through the first third of the season, and patience is running thin. (Greensboro News & Record)

James Hurst gets passing grade in first start

Undrafted rookie offensive tackle James Hurst has been thrown into service as the Ravens’ starting left tackle, replacing injured Eugene Monroe. And in his first start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Hurst got a passing grade. “There were some things he can work on still, but he played well,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. (Baltimore Ravens)

Audio: A Chat with VT Coach Frank Beamer

WCHL’s Matt Oakes caught up with legendary Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer this week. The two discussed the competitiveness and depth in the ACC, how to replace injured Hokie freshman running back Shai McKenzie and of course, previewed what Coach Beamer is calling a ‘must-win matchup’ with UNC this weekend. (Chapelboro.com)

Q&A with UNC and Virginia Tech Insiders

UNC will again come out trying to stop the run. They did against Clemson and were successful in holding the Tigers to under 100 yards rushing. But the plan in many ways backfired, as the Tar Heel secondary was torched for over 400 yards passing. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Young Defensive Line Showing Signs of Growth

North Carolina’s defensive line turned in its best showing of the season in Death Valley last weekend, which bodes well for a position group rotating in five underclassmen. UNC held the Tigers to 92 rushing yards on 2.1 yards per carry in its 50-35 loss on Saturday. The Tar Heel defensive front also sacked Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson three times for 19 yards. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Fedora, Hughes Wednesday Post-Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora and Travis Hughes talk about a healthy and deeper UNC offensive line, the growth of Elijah Hood, and preparing for Virginia Tech. (View Video...)

Wednesday Larry Fedora Quotes

Larry Fedora: “[Virginia Tech is] going to be very sound in everything they do on special teams. And offensively I think they've evolved and they're throwing the ball much better than they have in the past. They've got some big receivers and tight ends, and the quarterback is doing a great job for them. We're going to have to play a really good, complete football game.” (Inside Carolina)

Looking Ahead to What UNC's Much Maligned Defense Will Be Facing

120 points and 1300 yards. That is what UNC has given up in the past two games to a pair of the more dynamic offenses in the country. Those numbers cast doubt on how the rest of the season will play out. The hope is that the remainder of the schedule doesn't pit UNC against any offensive powerhouses. Here is how the rest of the teams on UNC's schedule rank in the relevant offensive categories. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Celebrates Military Appreciation Day This Saturday

Carolina will celebrate Military Appreciation Day this Saturday as the Tar Heels take on Virginia Tech at Kenan Stadium. Just as in previous years, the team plans to wear a special helmet for the event, but there’s much more in store for Saturday. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Veterans Thorpe, Farmer Preaching Accountability

Senior defensive tackle Ethan Farmer and junior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe each lead on different sides of the football, but both Tar Heel veterans are driving home the same message to their teammates. One is more outspoken; the other, more of a stoic example. But both leaders are preaching the same doctrine this week in practice. (Chapelboro.com)

Hokies and Tar Heels to meet in key Coastal clash

Virginia Tech (3-2, 0-1 ACC) will return to conference play this Saturday afternoon, taking on North Carolina (2-2, 0-1 ACC) at Kenan Stadium in a key Coastal Division matchup. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Tim Brant, Dave Archer and Rachel Baribeau will have the call for the ACC Network. (Hokie Sports)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3 TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10 TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17 TBD

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9


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