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Kevin Reddick donates 300 turkeys for Thanksgiving
New Orleans Saints’ linebacker and former New Bern resident Kevin Reddick knew some people in New Bern where he grew up would not be able to have turkeys on Thanksgiving. So, he did something about it. Reddick donated 300 turkeys to needy families Friday. “It’s just something that I have always had in my heart to do – give back to where I came from,” Reddick said.
The Evolution Of Marquise Williams
It's ironic that Marquise Williams has found his niche in Carolina's up-tempo spread after first being attracted to Carolina under the Butch Davis/John Shoop regime because he wanted to play in an NFL drop-back scheme. Coming out of Mallard Creek High in Charlotte, Williams ran a shotgun attack and didn't want to be stereotyped as an athletic quarterback who looks to run at the blink of an eye.
UNC bowl eligibility on the line against Old Dominion
With a postseason ban last year and a 1-5 start this year, North Carolina senior defensive end Kareem Martin wondered if his career would end without another bowl appearance. But the Tar Heels (5-5) are now on the verge of their first five-game winning streak in 12 years, and can clinch bowl eligibility with a victory Saturday against Old Dominion at Kenan Stadium.
Countdown to Kickoff: Old Dominion
North Carolina will look to extend its winning streak to five games and secure bowl eligibility with a victory over first-year FBS opponent Old Dominion at Kenan Stadium on Saturday. The Tar Heels are favored by 17 points over the Monarchs, who will join Conference USA in 2014 after playing this season as an independent. This will be the first ever meeting between these programs.
ACC Previews: UNC vs. Old Dominion
Old Dominion (8-3) at North Carolina (5-5, 4-3 ACC): This might be a transitioning-to-FBS Old Dominion team, but don’t underestimate the Monarchs -- they can throw it all over the place with quarterback Taylor Heinicke. UNC’s pass defense has shown vulnerability at times, and it will need to be playing its best for the Tar Heels to ensure bowl eligibility this week. Prediction: North Carolina, 58-27
Tar Heels Step Out Of Conference For ODU
Riding a four-game win streak, North Carolina plays host to Old Dominion on Saturday, Nov. 23, in a non-conference matchup at Kenan Stadium. The game will kick off at 12:03 p.m. and will be televised on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (RSN). A win on Saturday over the Monarchs would make Carolina bowl eligible, a remarkable turnaround for a squad that started the season 1-5.
ODU assistant coach returns home to Chapel Hill with the Monarchs
Kyle Jolly is a first-year graduate assistant at ODU. He is helping coach ODU’s offensive line and said his only goal on Saturday is to help the Monarchs beat his alma mater. “I’m excited,” he said. “I’m pumped up for this one.” He acknowledges that it will be strange to enter the visiting dressing room and walk the sidelines on the visitor’s side.
Tar Heels search for bowl eligibility
Old Dominion comes to town Saturday, bringing with it a talented quarterback that leads a high-powered spread offense. It’s a situation eerily similar to North Carolina’s week leading up to the game against East Carolina on Sept. 28.
ACC Week 13: Did you know?
UNC freshman Ryan Switzer has the single-season school record with three punt return touchdowns. The ACC single-season record is four by Maryland’s Steve Suter in 2002. The ACC career mark is six, also held by Suter. Three of Switzer’s last five punt returns have gone for touchdowns. The Tar Heels are sixth in the country in punt returns with a 16.33 average
Hakeem Nicks' situation gets murkier
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was back at practice Thursday, though he was listed as a limited participant. Oh, and his injury changed. The Giants called it a groin injury Wednesday, then Thursday coach Tom Coughlin said, "They say it's better to explain it as an abdominal, whatever that means."
Resilient Tar Heels one more 1-0 ‘season’ away from bowl eligibility
The Tar Heels have won four straight to get back to .500 heading into Saturday’s non-conference game against Old Dominion. A win against the Monarchs would also qualify them for the postseason, an accomplishment senior safety Jabari Price said once seemed like an impossible goal – regardless of how positive he and his teammates might have seemed in public.
Video: Inside the Play - Ryan Switzer's Punt Return vs. Pitt
Larry Fedora, Ryan Switzer and Desmond Lawrence take you 'Inside The Play' during Switzer's game-winning 61-yard punt return at Pittsburgh.
Robert Quinn surprised to get UNC letter
Quinn, who leads the NFC with 12 sacks, told the Associated Press on Thursday he believed the letter was the sent for the school's "protection." He says he won't "bad-mouth anybody." "It's in the past, I've just moved on from it," Quinn said. "I'm looking toward the future, bettering my life. They do
Tar Heels Put Special in Special Teams
Normally, it’s not a good sign when a punter is among a team’s standout performers. For the Tar Heels, however, Tommy Hibbard’s contributions were critical in a 34-27 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Hibbard’s five boots travelled a total of 216 yards, good for a 43.2 yard average.
Terry Shankle's Last Stand
Heading into this past Saturday's game at Pittsburgh, fifth-year senior defender Terry Shankle had been something of an afterthought on the Tar Heel roster. He had played in five of UNC's nine prior games before going to the Steel City, with just 11 tackles.