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UNC needs to hold onto the football in 2016
One of the more frustrating things about football is that one of its most consistent predictors of success happens to be determined by one of the most inconsistent statistics in the sport. That predictor is turnover margin, and that statistic is, naturally, turnovers. It's already been documented here at THB that UNC needs to win the turnover battle to win, which is true for a lot of teams.
OL Caleb Peterson a Bright Spot in UNC's Run Game
During his weekly press conference on Monday, UNC coach Larry Fedora was asked for an assessment of the Tar Heels' offensive line in the loss to Georgia. Left guard Caleb Peterson was the first player he mentioned before also complimenting Lucas Crowley. The 300 pound guard showed run-blocking ability that will make him an NFL Draft pick in May.
Fedora Discussess Run Defense Breakdowns at Monday Press Conference
The biggest question for UNC’s defense coming into 2016 was whether or not it could stop the run. After Saturday’s 33-24 loss to Georgia, the answer to that question currently remains a no. Georgia running back Nick Chubb rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in his first game back since a knee injury last October.
Turner's Take: Correctables
UNC football's season will hinge more on this weekend's game at Illinois than what happened in Atlanta. Yes, the Illini are another non-conference matchup, and yes, Larry Fedora's goals could still be intact with a loss in Champaign, but it's how the Tar Heels respond after the disappointment of the opener that will resonate beyond the second Saturday in September.
Lovie Smith eager to see how Illinois looks under the spotlight
Illinois coach Lovie Smith is accustomed to night games from his years in the NFL, but they aren't his preferred kickoff time. "I like 3:30 games," he said Monday. He also understands the value of a night game, such as Saturday's 7:30 kickoff against North Carolina. The Big Ten Network telecast is the marquee matchup of this week's nonconference slate.
Highs and Lows from UNC vs. Georgia
As a Tar Heel fan, Saturday’s game vs. Georgia was one filled with many highs and lows. Just as quickly as UNC got up 24-14 and fans were chanting “ACC, ACC, ACC,” did the game quickly turn back in Georgia’s favor and the red-filled Georgia Dome erupted in chants of “SEC, SEC, SEC.”
Smith, Illini prepare for major challenge
With the TV showing the North Carolina-Georgia game just past his right shoulder on Saturday night, Illinois offensive lineman Nick Allegretti snuck a glance or two at the screen in the players’ lounge at Memorial Stadium. The Tar Heels are coming to Champaign this Saturday night, and the Illini are aware before their first night home game in almost three years.
THI Football Central: Illinois
After one week, the Illini leads the nation in rushing yards allowed (-10.0 ypg), and ranks third nationally in sacks (6.0), sixth in scoring defense (3.0 ppg), sixth in turnovers gained (3), ninth in tackles for loss (11.0), ninth in interceptions (2) and 10th in total defense (165.0 ypg). QB Wes Lunt has thrown 31 TDs against just nine INTs in his two-plus years at Illinois.
No. 22 Tar Heels dealing with familiar Week 1 problems again
North Carolina's season opener ended up being a repeat of last year's first game, down to letting a winnable game against a Southeastern Conference opponent slip away. The No. 22 Tar Heels now will find out whether they can repeat last year's surge out of a crushing loss, too. "It can be done and we've done it," junior defensive tackle Nazair Jones said Monday.
Video: Larry Fedora Monday Pre-Illinois Press Conference
North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora meets with the media on Monday to discuss the Tar Heels' loss to Georgia and the upcoming game against Illinois on Saturday.
Larry Fedora Defends Offensive Approach
On Saturday, against one of the SEC’s top defensive minds in Georgia coach Kirby Smart, UNC managed just 315 yards of offense on 5.3 yards per play, the lowest such marks since the home loss to N.C. State in 2014. UNC's offense scored just two touchdowns. “I would have liked a heck of a lot more production and consistency,” Fedora said on Monday.
Tar Heels fail again in attempt to claim signature win
This wasn't what the North Carolina Tar Heels wanted, or needed. For once, UNC wanted to take the preseason national ranking it was handed and turn it into something more significant by scoring a major triumph in a season-opening game.
No crip course opening grade for Fedora
Larry Fedora, C: The Tar Heel defense wasn’t sharp against an uncomplicated but explosive Georgia rushing attack. Meanwhile, the Carolina offense missed former quarterback Marquise Williams’ foot speed and improvisational talents in a loss to the Bulldogs. Fedora didn’t help matters by contributing an unsportsmanlike infraction to the 13 penalties.
Chicago Bears swap kicker Robbie Gould for Connor Barth
The Chicago Bears are signing Connor Barth, who should arrive Monday to sign his deal. The 30-year-old Barth spent the preseason with the New Orleans Saints before being cut. Barth appeared in 12 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015, connecting on 23 of 28 field goals. Bears coach John Fox is familiar with Barth. The kicker played five games in Denver in 2014.
Keeping job is a snap for Steelers' Greg Warren
The Pittsburgh Steelers' specialists are a close-knit group. Longtime long snapper Greg Warren should know. No one has spent more time in special teams meetings at the Steelers' facility over the past decade-plus than Warren. Not many in the history of the Steelers, for that matter, have played more seasons or in more games — regardless of position — than Warren.