Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football.
Defensive Progress Required
The Coastal race is playing out as many pundits projected during the offseason. That is, a modern day version of the Wild West. All seven teams have at least one win and at least one loss with the majority of ACC games yet to be played. UNC (3-4, 1-2 ACC) is in contention but no longer in control of its destiny. Defense will likely determine if either of those dynamics change in the coming weeks.
Larry Fedora Monday Press Conference Quotes
Larry Fedora: “Finishing up last week’s game, we were able to go back, there were a lot of things that we were able to pull from this game that will hopefully pay off for us in the future as we continue to grow in all three phases. We still have a lot of work to do in all three phases and we understand that, but I do believe we are showing some improvement.”
Marquise Williams still strives for more
For the second consecutive week, UNC quarterback Marquise Williams was named the ACC offensive back of the week. The junior is playing his best football of the season, and both he and coach Larry Fedora have a pretty simple explanation for it — rhythm. "I really think it's more, he's gotten into a good rhythm and he's gotten comfortable," Fedora said.
Marquise Williams coming up big, has UNC's offense rolling
Marquise Williams suddenly has UNC's quarterback job to himself. And the Tar Heels' offense is rolling. After spending the first month rotating with backup Mitch Trubisky, Williams has led UNC from start-to-finish in the past two games. With Williams putting up big numbers, the Tar Heels are consistently finishing drives in the end zone to build momentum heading into Saturday's trip to Virginia.
Ryan Switzer's Emergence at Wide Receiver
Sophomore wide receiver Ryan Switzer had a career night on Saturday as his big plays helped spark the North Carolina offense in its 48-43 win over Georgia Tech. Larry Fedora knew coming into last weekend that his offense was going to need to a healthy dose of explosive plays in order to keep pace with a Georgia Tech offense averaging over 33 points per game.
Postgame Chalkboard from UNC-Georgia Tech
A few weeks ago, I wrote that quarterback play and offensive line play were holding the North Carolina offense back. No longer. The last two weeks, those two units have probably been the team’s best, as the Tar Heels have scored 43 and 48 points in consecutive weeks. The improvement at the quarterback position has been most notable.
Williams, Switzer receive weekly ACC awards
North Carolina junior quarterback Marquise Williams received the nod as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the second week in a row following his performance in UNC’s high-scoring win over Georgia Tech. Tar Heel sophomore wideout Ryan Switzer, who teamed up with Williams for a pair of touchdown passes, was named the ACC Receiver of the Week.
Marquise Williams, Tar Heels Cool Under Pressure
When faced with a deficit and little time remaining on the clock, the UNC offense came up big Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak to Georgia Tech. UNC signal caller Marquise Williams’ poise under pressure was paramount. UNC head coach Larry Fedora says the team works through the two-minute drill every week. It showed against the Yellow Jackets.
Video: Larry Fedora's Passionate Postgame Locker Room Speech
After North Carolina beat Georgia Tech 48-43, Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora gives a passionate postgame speech to his team as they celebrate the victory.
Art’s Angle: Unlikely Scenario Lives!
Fight and good fortune got the Tar Heels off the schneid in the ACC and, amazingly, leaves them a chance of still advancing to the conference championship game in Charlotte. Coming off four straight losses and relinquishing 70, 50, 34 and 50 points, the team still had enough gumption to get through what looked like another blown fourth quarter against Georgia Tech Saturday night.
Chase Rice gains momentum with "Ready Set Roll"
Chase Rice rolled into hit-maker status right out of the gate. His rookie album Ignite the Night took the No. 1 spot on Billboard's country albums chart in its first week, while lead single "Ready Set Roll" earned a gold certification for over 500,000 sales before it even entered country radio's Top 20.
Heroic Williams deflects credit for UNC's comeback win
In the past two weeks, Marquise Williams has indeed been "balling out." Against two teams that had a combined one loss entering their respective games against the Tar Heels, Williams has completed 62 of 88 passes for 693 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions, adding 34 rushing attempts for 205 yards and two touchdowns.
Catching up with Caleb Pressley
Anybody who knows Caleb Pressley is not surprised by his latest gig. The former Reynolds High quarterback who led the Rockets to a state 4-A title in 2009 is the “supervisor of morale” for the UNC football team, a self-appointed title he is having a lot of fun with. His real job is to signal in plays from the Tar Heels’ coaches to the quarterback, but Pressley finds his work much more important.
Video: Georgia Tech-North Carolina Wrap-Up
ESPN analysts Kelly Stouffer and Anish Shroff discuss Tar Heels QB Marquise Williams' impact performance that led to a 48-43 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
The Good, Bad, & Ugly Report: Georgia Tech
Despite defensive struggles, Carolina won the game. In some ways I am willing to give the Tar Heels a pass given how enigmatic Georgia Tech has been for them in the post-Mack Brown era, but relying on outscoring an opponent is a dangerous way to live. Still it worked on Saturday and stopped the bleeding of the four-game losing streak.