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Lions, Ebron expect better production in future
When the Lions drafted Eric Ebron last May, they expected the 10th overall pick to make an immediate impact. During the course of this season, Ebron established himself as the team's top tight end, but the production didn't measure up to the draft slot — 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown.
Why Cowboys' Bruce Carter is finally living up to his draft position
The Cowboys are finally seeing the Bruce Carter they’ve been talking about for four years. And that’s because Carter finally has his eyes in the right spot. Over the last month, the Cowboys linebacker has been as consistent and impactful as he has ever been since Dallas drafted him in the second round in 2011 out of North Carolina.
Josh Cabrera hopes for big catch at UNC this fall
Josh Cabrera wasn’t planning on red-shirting as a freshman at UNC. But a knee injury left Cabrera with no choice as he sat out the 2014 season, spending part of the year on crutches and in the stands during games watching his teammates. While he’d like to come out of spring drills in the two-deep, he knows what you do in preseason camp in August is most critical.
Bruce Carter flourishing in new role
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli calls Bruce Carter "The Closer". That’s because he has been making so many big plays at the end of games. Carter, a free agent at the end of the season, has picked a good time to play the best football of his career. It’s no coincidence his improved performance has coincided with the Dallas Cowboys' defense playing its best football of the season.
Q&A with Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston
Tre Boston, former UNC football player and current Carolina Panthers safety, has made big plays for his team down the stretch after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. With the playoffs in full swing, Pat James spoke with Boston about his rookie season, his UNC career and the Panthers' showdown with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional round on Saturday.
Offseason Fix: Offensive Inconsistency
At first glance, UNC’s offensive statistics were solid last fall. The Tar Heels ranked fifth in the ACC in total offense (429.8 ypg; 45th nationally) and third in the league in scoring offense (33.2 ppg; 36th nationally). A closer look, however, reveals that UNC ranked seventh in yards per play (5.56) and eighth in points per play (.430) in the ACC. Tempo accounts for the statistical disparity.
UNC football to lead ACC in returning starters
For the 2015 college football season North Carolina will return more starters than any team in the ACC. In a post by PhilSteele.com or a simple glance at the 2014 roster and depth chart, one will find that UNC returns 17 players total: 10 on offense and seven on defense. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest both return 16 starters while Pittsburgh and Florida State return 15.
ACC Football story of the season: North Carolina
It is not hard to pinpoint where the season went wrong for UNC. Forget about early indecision at quarterback. Even if Marquise Williams had taken every snap under center in 2014, there was no way he could have compensated for one of the worst defensive showings in ACC history. Since the ACC was founded in 1953, only three other teams gave up more yards per game than 2014 North Carolina.
Tre Boston: "I feel like I belong"
Tre Boston's humbling rookie experience came early. It was his third career game – Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks. The fourth round draft choice from North Carolina saw his first significant action in place of free safety Thomas DeCoud, the starter at the time who was forced out with a hamstring injury.
Eric Ebron has no complaints about rookie season
Eric Ebron ended the regular season catching 25 passes for 248 yards with one touchdown and a long of 22 yards. He added three more catches for 21 yards in the Lions’ playoff loss to Dallas last week. It’s fair to say the Lions probably expected a bigger impact from Ebron on the stat sheet. So what can we expect to see from Ebron for an encore in 2015?
Video: UNC Football January Enrollees Excited to Get Started
North Carolina freshmen Jalen Dalton, Anthony Ratliff-Williams, and William Sweet are excited about enrolling early and joining the Tar Heel football team this January.
Former UNC football player Pat Crowley named head coach at Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem
Pat Crowley — who said he has a certain amount of flexibility in his work schedule — said his main drive was to be the kind of difference maker in the lives of boys that his former coaches — like Mack Brown, who called Reynolds to endorse Crowley’s character — were to him.
Tar Heels Welcome 10 Early Football Enrollees
Larry Fedora announced the enrollment of 10 student-athletes to campus on Wednesday, the first day of classes in Chapel Hill. Nine of the 10 graduated early from high school, including DB J.K. Britt, DL Jalen Dalton, WR Juval Mollette, QB Anthony Ratliff, LB Andre Smith, OL William Sweet, TE Carl Tucker, OL Mason Veal and RB Ty’Son Williams. Deep snapper Cody Crafford transferred to UNC from Penn State.
Gene Chizik's Impact
By now you've seen the resume. You've read where he has coached, his record, and the championships he has won at different stops along the way. But what can new UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik really bring to a defense desperately needing improvement? When can the impact be felt and what can Chizik do on the recruiting trail?
Panthers’ Tre Boston Has Bounced Back From First Seahawks Game
Tre Boston hasn’t taken the most direct route from draft pick to starter. After undergoing hernia surgery in the spring, he missed OTAs, minicamp, most of training camp, and the first few weeks of the season. But he’s a key reason for the Panthers’ defensive surge, and now he gets a chance to make better memories against Seattle.