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Q&A with Larry Fedora, Part III
At this event last year, you said ‘It’s time’ for the program to take the next step. Do you feel like you were a year early? Larry Fedora: "I’ll tell you at the end of this season. I think we’re closer than we’ve ever been and rightfully so, we’re going into our fourth season. It just takes some time. I think we’re closer than we’ve ever been. That’s why I’m so excited about going into this season and where we are."
Video: Larry Fedora Flexes With ACCDN's Courtney Cox
As part of Courtney Cox's scavenger hunt at ACC Kickoff, UNC head coach Larry Fedora takes a quick second to put a check mark on Courtney's list as the two flex for the camera. Who has the bigger muscles?
Hidden Talents: Jeff Schoettmer, Star Coverage Linebacker
Jeff Schoettmer is well-known for his talents as a run stopping linebacker. The long-haired Texan was Carolina’s leading tackler last season with 74 tackles. However, he is also UNC’s best linebacker in pass coverage. He had two interceptions last season and four pass breakups, both two of the better marks on the team for any player, not just linebackers.
Chizik Among College Football's Top Coordinator Hires for 2015
Gene Chizik, Defensive Coordinator, UNC: Chizik returns to the sidelines for the first time since he was fired as Auburn’s head coach at the end of the 2012 season. Even though Chizik’s stints as a head coach were mixed – he did win a national championship with the Tigers and spent two years as the head coach at Iowa State – he is regarded for his work as a defensive coordinator.
Fedora: We wrote 100 problems on the board
The 2014 UNC football season was full of issues. Beyond an inept defense, other problems with leadership, buying-in, and player/staff relationships led to a 6-7 season and two disastrous end-of-season losses to N.C. State and Rutgers in the bowl game. UNC head coach Larry Fedora and his staff worked to identify the problems, talked about the issues, ways to improve, and then moved on from there.
Clock Ticking On Steelers' Cam Thomas
When it comes to commentary on the value Cam Thomas brings to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2015 roster, calling it a mixed bag of opinions is, well, generous. Thomas, who in 2014 signed a two-year, $4 million contract, has often been bandied about as the right guy to cut. Though he had his moments last season, he failed to bring the reliable impact.
Rams' Robert Quinn talks football, hobbies
During his four-year career, Robert Quinn has recorded 45 sacks, including a career-high 19 in 2013 - the most in a single season by a Rams player. In a sit-down interview with NFL Media's Akbar Gbajabiamila, Quinn discussed football, his hobbies off the field and his goals after his playing career is over. Quinn allowed he likes to go fishing, listens to country music and still drives his car from college.
Darian Durant "as good as I can be" one month after injury
Darian Durant is feeling as good as he can be considering he's once again out for the season with an injury. On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback visited the CJME Morrning News to talk about how he's been doing since his season-ending injury on June 27. "Right now it's just me sitting around in a cast. I have to keep my foot elevated at least 22, 23 hours a day."
North Carolina looks to shake underachiever label
North Carolina is an underachiever only in the context that outsiders constantly expect a top-25 program. History suggests that just isn't so; the Tar Heels finished a season ranked five times before 1972, six times between 1972 and 1982 and four times since. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson, maybe 8-5 is as good as it gets (unless Mack Brown's around).
Larry Fedora wants to put more of the workload on North Carolina's running backs
North Carolina returns quarterback Marquise Williams and nine other starters on offense, a big reason why there is optimism for the Tar Heels this season. But what coach Larry Fedora is waiting on is for one of his running backs to emerge. UNC has relied heavily on Williams in the run game the past two seasons, partly because the Tar Heels have not had one running back they could rely on.
Countdown UNC’s 10 Best Players: #9 Nazair Jones
Nazair Jones is a 6’5, 295 pound redshirted sophomore from Roanoke Rapids, NC. Barring injury, he should be one of the rotational, if not starting, defensive tackles in new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik’s 4-3 defense. As a 4-3 defensive tackle there are three main things you need to be able to do:
UNC Football Player Countdown: #10 Des Lawrence
Rising junior Des Lawrence stands 6’1, 185 pounds and is looking to make a major impact at cornerback for the Tar Heels in 2015. Finishing his sophomore year with 71 tackles, Lawrence hopes to be a lock-down stalwart on the defensive side of the ball. Let’s take a look at his career thus far and tack a prediction to his 2015 campaign.
Mack Hollins' Survival Guide
Mack Hollins — the kid who led North Carolina in receiving touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014 though he’s only had a scholarship for about a year now — surely has a purpose. He dreams of a world in which his parents don’t have to pay any more bills. One in which he can have his own fish store and a tank big enough for him to swim in.
Most fearsome offensive players UNC will face in 2015: No. 6-10
High-flying offenses seem to become more of the norm in college football nowadays. This rise in spread attacks has also increased the effect a skill player can have on the game. So let’s take a look at ten skill players that could be giving the Carolina defense nightmares this coming season.
ACC full of quarterbacks to chase
Three of the ACC’s leading ground gainers in 2014 were quarterbacks. Tyler Murphy of Boston College and Justin Thomas of Georgia Tech both topped 1000 yards. UNC’s Marquise Williams piled up 788 yards, leading his team in rushing by a wide margin. But we’re just getting started. Syracuse has Terrell Hunt, who has rushed for 792 yards in his career.