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Video: Get To Know Elijah Hood
North Carolina sophomore running back Elijah Hood is in the beginnings of a potential breakout season for the Tar Heels. Get to know about his versatility on and off the field with this video feature.
UNC vs Illinois Preview
After putting up 96 points in their first two games, Illinois look to overcome their biggest challenge this season as they travel to North Carolina to play the Tar Heels. Illinois is tied nationally for fewest points allowed per game with 1.5 and ranks in the top five in interceptions, total defense, first downs allowed and pass efficiency defense.
North Carolina is in good hands with Elijah Hood, Marquise Williams
So, will we see the same Tar Heels team that relied on QB Marquise Williams in the red zone against South Carolina or the one that fed the ball to Elijah Hood last week? Will it face the Illinois team that’s stuffed the run consistently in its first two games or the one that struggled badly in that department in 2014? Larry Fedora thinks the answers will likely be a mixed bag.
Illinois Presents UNC With Its Toughest Test to Date
Fresh off its first win of the season, a dominating 53-14 victory over North Carolina A&T, the UNC football team returns to action this Saturday at Kenan Stadium–playing host to the Illinois Fighting Illini—a team the Tar Heels and their head coach, Larry Fedora, believe is better than the South Carolina squad that defeated them just two weeks ago.
Ethan Albright among Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees
Former UNC tight end, offensive lineman and long snapper Ethan Albright is among 108 modern era nominees announced for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016. Albright, a native of Greensboro, NC, was a three-sport star at Grimsley High school before playing at UNC from 1989-1993. Albright holds the NFL record for most consecutive games played as a long snapper (224).
UNC football searches for consistency against Illinois
In the 2015 season, the North Carolina football team has scored eight touchdowns. That’s eight more than what the Illinois defense has allowed this year. Through two games, the Illini have outscored opponents Kent State and Western Illinois by a 96-3 margin. Kent State reached the red zone once, but their field goal was blocked. Western Illinois never passed Illinois’ 33-yard line.
Donnie Miles setting the tone in UNC football's secondary
For North Carolina redshirt sophomore safety Donnie Miles, it’s the mental part of his game that has set him apart so far this season. In 2014, Miles occupied the ram position in the Tar Heels’ lineup, where he started six games. In the hybrid spot, the redshirt sophomore finished fifth on the team in tackles with 53 and racked up four tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup.
Tale of the Tape: UNC-Illinois
The numbers say this will be a stiff test for UNC's offense. Illinois' defensive numbers through two games are downright filthy. Granted the competition hasn't been great but still the Illini have put a stranglehold opponents through the first two weeks. Illinois has yet to give up a touchdown, held the first opponents to a paltry 2.9 yards per play and limited 3rd down conversions to just 12%.
Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight vs. Illinois
North Carolina coordinators Gene Chizik and Seth Littrell discuss the Tar Heels' upcoming home matchup with the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Illinois-UNC: A Power Five victory awaits
The streak ends on Saturday – at least for somebody. North Carolina and Illinois are two of college football’s most frustrating programs. Both are large public universities in states rich with football talent. Illinois’ brief periods of success precede stark downturns, while UNC hasn’t been able to break out of mediocrity this century.
Illinois Preview: UNC Opponent Aiming for 3-0 Start
The Fighting Illini enters the game on a two-game winning streak, outscoring their first two opponents by a combined 96-3. Illinois’ hot start is especially surprising considering that the program ousted its head coach, Tim Beckman, just one week before its season opener. The team has rallied around interim head coach Bill Cubit since then and dominated its first two opponents.
UNC uniform set for Illinois game
The Tar Heels are switching their uniforms up just a little for Saturdays matchup with Big Ten foe Illinois. After going white pants, blue jersey, and blue helmet for thee first two contests of the season, UNC is breaking out the white lids. Check out the look below from the twitter account of UNC assistant equipment manager Jason Freeman.
Six Storylines Heading into Illinois
Larry Fedora has never beaten a Power 5 team outside of the ACC and will look to end that streak Saturday. After studying film, Fedora thinks Illinois is better than South Carolina so it would be no easy win. "I think they are better...I just think across the board. What they are doing defensively, the way they are scoring points on offense. They are more explosive."
UNC's Weiler gets off to good start kicking field goals
Nick Weiler feels confident kicking field goals for North Carolina. A year after the Tar Heels struggled to make anything beyond the shortest of kicks, Weiler has made all three of his field goals — including two approaching 50 yards — in the first two games. "You trust your holder, you trust your snapper, you trust your blockers, the team trusts you," Weiler said.
Increased Flexibility For UNC At Tight End
A year ago, there weren't many options for UNC in how the staff could use its tight end position. It was Jack Tabb and pretty much that was it. Tabb had a decent season, but he was just one guy and his skill set was a bit limited. One year later, tight ends coach Seth Littrell, who is also the Tar Heels' offensive coordinator, has something he didn't have in 2014: Versatility. And with that comes flexibility.