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North Carolina Tar Heels 2016 preview

As great as last year was for UNC, the Tar Heels lost all three times they played in the national spotlight. The challenge will get even tougher this year with a matchup against SEC heavyweight Georgia. It's not going to be enough for North Carolina to simply rout its lesser opponents. The next step is proving its place on the biggest stages. (

UNC Football Early Opponent Preview: Illinois

Seven of Illinois' opponents finished last season with a winning record and nine of them made a bowl game. Illinois is playing seven home games this season. Lovie Smith is a good coach and there are definitely some easy wins. Another 5-7 season seems likely. However if they can surprise a team like Nebraska again, bowl eligibility is not out of reach. (Keeping It Heel)

The story behind an epic UNC touchdown photo

UNC wide receiver Bug Howard scored late in the second quarter on a 49-yard pass from Marquise Williams. The score put the Heels up 38-10. North Carolina would go on to defeat the Blue Devils 66-31. The picture has slowly gained cult fandom. Because it wasn't taken by an official UNC photographer or a news organization it didn't get the publicity it deserved. (Carolina Blue)

Georgia still playing coy on quarterback – but for good reason

In the meantime, there’s also reason to believe them when they say the starting job isn’t decided: Gameplanning for North Carolina hasn’t begun. Smart said Monday at the Athens Touchdown Club that they wouldn’t begin gameplanning until Thursday or Friday. (Dawg Nation)

Tar Heels Prepare for Half Without Mack Hollins

As UNC turns its attention to Georgia, wide receiver Mack Hollins prepares to miss the first half due to a targeting foul committed in the Russell Athletic Bowl in December. His absence in the first half against Georgia on Sept. 3 has prompted more concern on special teams than at wide receiver. “Mack’s a starter on four special teams,” Larry Fedora said (Inside Carolina)

Mitch Trubisky has made QB change smooth sailing at North Carolina

It should be little surprise that, after three years with a spot on the sideline but little actual playing time at UNC, Mitch Trubisky never complained. But make no mistake, that spotlight is coming. As Trubisky gets set to take the reins of one of the nation's most explosive offenses, it's that time he spent waiting his turn that has endeared him to his teammates. (

UNC Defensive Tackle Jalen Dalton Standing Out

“I would have to pick out a young kid who has really come into his own,” Larry Fedora said when asked about a standout camp performer during his radio show Tuesday. “He’s gotten bigger, he’s up to 295 pounds now and that’s Jalen Dalton. He’s really grown and adjusted to moving from defensive end to down inside, so I’m really proud of him.” (Inside Carolina)

Ranking the ACC's Top 40 Players for 2016

North Carolina: 8. Elijah Hood, RB, Hood possesses a good blend of size, speed and power and emerged as one of the nation’s top running backs; 29. M.J. Stewart, Stewart slightly edges teammate Des Lawrence as the top corner in Chapel Hill. 30. Des Lawrence; CB. 31. Ryan Switzer, WR; 40. Mitch Trubisky, QB. (Athlon Sports)

Video: Elijah Hood Post-Practice Interview

North Carolina junior tailback Elijah Hood shares thoughts on his greater understanding of the offense and developments on the Tar Heels' offensive line. View Video...

Eric Ebron returns to Detroit Lions practice

Eric Ebron is close to playing football again. The tight end returned to Detroit Lions practice Tuesday -- on a very limited basis -- 17 days after he was carted off at Ford Field with an ankle injury. Ebron wore a helmet Tuesday but largely was a bystander during the 20-minute portion of position drills that was open to the media. (Detroit Free Press)

In big picture, it may not matter which UGA QB starts UNC game

A ton of attention, and rightfully so, has been placed on which quarterback will start Georgia’s season opener against North Carolina. In the bigger picture, it might not matter much at all. It’s quite possible that senior Greyson Lambert ends up being Georgia’s starter against the Tar Heels. (Macon Telegraph)

Ex-Illinois coach Tim Beckman hired as volunteer coach by UNC

As the one-year anniversary of his firing at Illinois approaches, Tim Beckman has a new gig. North Carolina officials confirmed Tuesday that Beckman is a volunteer assistant on Larry Fedora’s staff. The Tar Heels play at Illinois in a prime-time game on Sept. 10. No word yet on whether Beckman will be a part of the travel party. (Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette)

Larry Fedora Details Nathan Elliott's Rise to Backup QB

When Larry Fedora described the decision to give Nathan Elliott the backup quarterback job during his radio show on Tuesday, it sounded simple. "He made good decisions [and] he took care of the football." As far as how Elliott will fare in game action, Fedora said he hopes the pedigree he brought from his hometown of Celina, Tex. will translate in Chapel Hill. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Freshmen Standouts in Camp

UNC coordinators Gene Chizik and Chris Kapilovic shared their insights on freshmen standouts throughout training camp during Larry Fedora’s radio show Tuesday night. Possibly the most significant storyline of August thus far is the multitude of freshmen that have worked their way into the secondary’s two-deep. “We’re going to have to count on some young guys,” Chizik said. (Inside Carolina)

Ranking all 86 games in the first week of 2016

6. Georgia vs. North Carolina in Atlanta (Saturday, 5:30 p.m., ESPN): For the first time since 1998, North Carolina enters a season with the momentum of a top-25 finish the previous year. The Tar Heels will be looking to prove 2015 was not a fluke, and the Bulldogs will try to prove that Tennessee is not the lone contender in the SEC East. (Athlon Sports)

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
North Carolina1-73-9

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(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Florida State3-57-6

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