Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football.
Interview with ACC Commissioner John Swofford
John Swofford: "(I) ended up going to North Carolina and started as a quarterback as a sophomore, but missed about four games with injuries. I started the first five games of my junior year at quarterback and threw one too many interceptions and in a week I was a defensive back. Then I finished my career playing as a defensive back, and spent my senior year playing less than I had ever played."
UNC defense stresses turnovers
Force turnovers and win the game. Turn the ball over and lose. Simple idea right? As much as the offense does not want to turn the ball over it's almost as important that the defense works to create turnovers. Game changing plays, like turnovers, can mean the difference. On Saturday night against N.C. A&T, the Tar Heel forced three turnovers, all in the first half.
How Did Nick Weiler Turn It Around?
UNC kicker Nick Weiler put through five of his eight field goal attempts a season ago, with the longest coming from 27 yards. It was his first year kicking field goals for the Heels. Through two games this season, Weiler already smashed past his career-high with conversions from 38, 47, and 48 yards. Weiler is a perfect three-for-three so far.
Ty'Son Williams cracks UNC football running back rotation
Before the season began, most expected running backs Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan to carry the North Carolina rushing attack, with perhaps some Romar Morris or Khris Francis sprinkled in. But true freshman Ty’Son Williams has carved out an early role for himself in the running back rotation. “He just came in, he put his head down, he’s just a grinder,” Hood said.
UNC tight end Brandon Fritts seizes his opportunity
Entering the 2015 season, North Carolina tight end Brandon Fritts had a New Year’s resolution — to make a name for himself in college. And after grabbing two touchdown catches in less than six minutes against North Carolina A&T on Saturday, he is closer to reaching his goal. “It’s a start,” Fritts said. "I’m trying to help the team any way I can.”
Larry Fedora Live: Shakeel Rashad Changes Positions
Outside linebacker Shakeel Rashad is no stranger to changing positions, and in the week leading up to North Carolina’s win against N.C A&T, he had to adjust to a new spot yet again. “We moved him to another linebacker position during the week,” head coach Larry Fedora said during his weekly radio show on Tuesday night, “so we could keep him on the field in nickel situations.”
Former UNC QB Caleb Pressley trolling NCAA President Mark Emmert with t-shirt
Caleb Pressley, a former quarterback and student assistant with the North Carolina football program, is selling t-shirts featuring the likeness of NCAA President Mark Emmert as a lucrative way of making a point about the NCAA's refusal to pay players for use of their likenesses. The shirt features a caricature of Emmert standing between stacks of money.
Source: Hakeem Nicks among WRs trying out with Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys will start the process of replacing Dez Bryant by bringing veteran receivers Hakeem Nicks, Nick Toon, Austin Pettis and Clyde Gates to Valley Ranch for workouts Tuesday, a source told ESPN. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday that the team would add a receiver to help replace Bryant, who is out after undergoing foot surgery.
Julius Peppers shows no signs of slowing down in 14th season
A lot of factors added up to a memorable performance for Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers on Sunday. For one, his team was victorious. For another, he played well. Peppers' performance came against his former employer, and it also came in Week 1 when the excitement level is a little more palpable than just about any other game.
Showdown with Illinois reminds Marquise Williams of 2011 season
Just eight days before its season opener, Illinois fired head football coach Tim Beckman for his mistreatment of injured players. When UNC quarterback Marquise Williams found out, he couldn’t help but reminisce on his freshman season in 2011. “I thought back to Butch,” said Williams on Monday, referring to former UNC coach Butch Davis, who was fired at the end of July 2011 during the NCAA investigation.
Tar Heels Seeking Pass Rush
North Carolina’s defensive line has struggled to establish a consistent pass rush thus far in 2015. That issue will need to be corrected this weekend against Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt and the Fighting Illini’s pass-heavy offense. Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik harped on the need for a better transitional pass rush following UNC’s season-opening loss to South Carolina.
Illini travel to North Carolina on Saturday
When UNC replaced its former defensive coordinator with Gene Chizik it switched from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3 base. They run nickel an awful lot, but a big difference is they are now much bigger everywhere up front on defense. The Tar Heels always have four true defensive linemen in the game and two true linebackers. That was rarely the case a year ago.
Is UNC's pass rush a concern?
The UNC defense has two sacks in two games. One was registered by Robert Dinkins, the other by Mikey Bart. In addition, the Tar Heels have nine tackles for a loss. The offense is playing pretty well. The offensive line is solid. Tackling and coverage is better. The pass rush? A noticeable concern.
UNC and NC A&T marching bands team up for Katy Perry
The Marching Tar Heels welcomed the N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University marching band for a Katy Perry-themed half-time show collaboration at the UNC vs. N.C. A&T football game on Saturday. Jeffrey Fuchs, director of UNC’s university bands, said it was a no-brainer to collaborate with the Blue and Gold Marching Machine. “It is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Fuchs said.
Illinois eager to be tested at North Carolina after 'fairly easy' start
Coach Bill Cubit is the first to concede Illinois hasn't encountered much difficulty since the season began. "It has not been easy to accomplish (a 2-0 start)," Cubit said Monday, "but it's been fairly easy because nothing has really gone against us." The season takes on a more serious tone Saturday, when Illinois visits North Carolina for its first road game and first game against a Power Five conference opponent.