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Q&A with UNC linebacker Shakeel Rashad

North Carolina is 6-1 and tied atop the ACC Coastal Division, with a showdown against 6-1 Pitt on Thursday (7 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN). The key to the Tar Heels’ success has been the massive turnaround on defense, and we talked to one of the unit’s leaders, Shakeel Rashad, to find out what’s changed. (

North Carolina QB poses major problems for any defense, Pitt's included

The Pitt defense will need no introduction to North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams when he arrives Thursday night at Heinz Field. Williams has tortured No. 23 Pitt in two previous meetings. Last season, Williams carved up Pitt’s secondary for 276 yards through the air and 122 rushing yards and three touchdowns en route to a 40-35 North Carolina victory. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

UNC vs Pittsburgh: Six Storylines

Larry Fedora and Gene Chizik have spent the week preparing the Tar Heels for their biggest matchup this season as Carolina looks to win it's seventh straight game. With similar wins this season, the Pittsburgh Panthers also look to legitimize their season with a win over the Tar Heels. CarolinaBlue looks at six key storylines to watch heading into Thursday's game. (Carolina Blue)

UNC prepares for punishing Pittsburgh rushing attack

The UNC defense has suffered a number of blows in recent weeks. Injuries and suspensions have taken a toll on the Tar Heels, keeping valuable players off the field. But entering Thursday’s showdown with No. 23 Pittsburgh, UNC has gotten lucky. It won’t face Pittsburgh tailback James Conner — who gashed the Tar Heels for 220 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

Houston Texans sign T.J. Yates, release Ryan Mallett

The Houston Texans are done hearing excuses from Ryan Mallett. He's no longer on the team. Mallett was released by the team Tuesday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported that the Texans signed T.J. Yates, who started one of Houston's two postseason victories. Yates will back up Brian Hoyer for the rest of the season. (

UNC DT Robert Dinkins Holding the Line

UNC travels to Pitt Thursday looking to separate itself from a crowded upper echelon in the ACC Coastal. The Tar Heels enter the game with a defense that has already far exceed expectations in 2015, thanks in large part to a group of impact freshmen who have stepped up. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Robert Dinkins has become a poster child for that group. (Inside Carolina)

Broncos release defensive tackle Marvin Austin

The Broncos released defensive tackle Marvin Austin on Tuesday, two months after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Austin signed with the Broncos in 2014 and finished with 12 tackles in 15 games. Drafted by the Giants out of North Carolina in 2011, Austin spent two seasons in New York, where he played in only eight games but won a Super Bowl ring in 2012. (Denver Post)

Video: Larry Fedora Tuesday Pre-Pittsburgh Interview

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora talks about the Tar Heels' preparations for a big-time ACC matchup at Pittsburgh on Thursday night. View Video...

UNC Injury Report: Pittsburgh

The attrition on UNC's defensive line apparently isn't subsiding with Dujaun Drennon suffering an undisclosed injury versus Virginia on Saturday. He is listed as questionable for Thursday. The injuries to Nazair Jones and Tyler Powell plus freshman DE Aaron Crawford being lost for the season paved the way for Jalen Dalton to see action. He record two tackled on Saturday versus Virginia. (Tar Heel Blog)

3 Years Ago: Giovani Bernard Returns Game Winning Touchdown

“No he’s not! Yes he is!” Jones Angell exclaimed those words three years ago when Giovani Bernard returned a Wolfpack punt for a game-winning touchdown. The game, on October 27, 2012, was tied at 35 with 30 seconds left in regulation. NC State punter Wil Baumann stood on his team’s 11 yard line. He took the long-snap, stepped up, and booted the football away. (

Eric Ebron takes no solace in personal success while Detroit Lions flounder

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron missed two weeks with a knee injury, but picked up right where he left off in the team's 28-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Ebron caught five passes in the defeat for a career-best 89 yards. He also notched his third touchdown of the season, a seven-yard grab in the opening quarter that put the Lions up, 14-3, in the early going. (

UNC uniform combo for Pitt game

On Thursday evening the Tar Heels will face off against the Pittsburgh Panthers on Heinz Field in the Steel City. Both ACC Coastal teams stand at 6-1, making the matchup critical for the division race. The game will kickoff at 7:00 PM on ESPN. Check out what uniform combination North Carolina will be wearing. (Carolina Blue)

Hood's hatred of being tackled helps him get to the goal line

Elijah Hood had a career-high 21 carries in UNC’s 26-13 win against Virginia Saturday. Hood’s two rushing touchdowns against the Cavaliers contributed to him being the Tar Heels’ leading scorer this season with eight touchdowns. That team-leading title and the sophomore’s increasing role in UNC's offense are nice, but every run that doesn’t end in a score ends in a moment Hood hates. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC-Pitt Preview: Panthers Playing Physical Footballl

Pittsburgh enters the game with a 6-1 (4-0 ACC) record despite losing star running back James Conner with a season-ending injury in the opener against Youngstown State. A consistent passing game, punishing ground game and head coach Pat Narduzzi’s defense have allowed Pitt to prosper this season, setting the stage for a pivotal ACC Coastal clash on Thursday night. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Football Offensive Stats Recap

CarolinaBlue examines how the offensive skill players have performed so far this season. Let's take a look at some of their stats. (Carolina Blue)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2 TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9 TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16 TBD

Full Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Boston College2-67-6

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