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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.
Tar Heels know possible routes for bouncing back
From Ryan Switzer, it was “we’ve got some work to do.” From Elijah Hood, it was “we’ve got a lot of things to clean up.” And from T.J. Logan: “We’ve been here before.” All valid statements from some of North Carolina’s experienced players after the Tar Heels’ season-opening 33-24 loss to Georgia on Saturday.
Country music singer Chase Rice attends high school alma mater's football game in Asheville
Country star Chase Rice, an Asheville native and 2004 AC Reynolds grad, attended Friday night's football game. Rice co-wrote the Florida George Line single, "Cruise," and his 2014 record, "Ignite the Night," debuted at #1 on Billboard Top Country Albums.
Five With Fedora: Georgia Game
What were you thinking about most on the plane ride home after this game? Larry Fedora: “I wasn’t happy. I probably didn’t say much to anybody on the plane. After the game in the locker room I told the guys they can put this loss on me. They played hard and did everything we asked them to do. I can’t question their effort or the fact that our guys competed hard."
UNC Football Blast from the Past: Julius Peppers
Many moons ago, Julius Peppers became a star defensive end for the University of North Carolina. In fact, Julius Peppers was a two-sport athlete for North Carolina. He played booth football and basketball. Peppers played football at Carolina from 1999 to 2002 and played basketball at Carolina from 1999 to 2001.
Chubb's performance not telling of UNC rush defense
The North Carolina Tar Heels gave up nearly 300 yards rushing against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game. Allowing so many rushing yards may seem like a step back, but a deeper look shows this game didn't tell us very much about the Tar Heels' defense.
Extra Points: Deja Vu
In the after-burn of a stinging loss, the Tar Heels are in much the position they were one year ago following that debacle to an inferior Gamecock squad. The difference is the Bulldogs are significantly more talented. “We rallied together and picked it up after that loss,” said tailback T.J. Logan, who had a monster game with a 95-yard kickoff return and 13.3 yards a carry.
Opening season loss not dooming for UNC
North Carolina lost to the Georgia Bulldogs 33-24 in an opening season heart-breaker, and while the loss may be disappointing, there is reason for optimism for UNC fans. First, T.J. Logan had a monster game reminding the college football world that he is still an explosive playmaker.
Misfires damaging in Trubisky’s first college start
When Mitch Trubisky finally got his long-awaited chance to lead UNC, missed chances made his Saturday in the red-clad Georgia Dome frustrating. In the Tar Heels’ loss to Georgia, the junior never cashed in on the deep passes that are so important in UNC’s offense, and he completed a pass in his own end zone that he wish had fallen to the ground.
Art’s Angle: Implosion
Not quite ready for prime time, I guess. The Tar Heels had Georgia down by 10, had dulled the Dome that was 80 percent red into thinking, “Well, it’s the first game for Kirby (Smart, Georgia’s rookie head coach).” T.J Logan, Mr. Explosion, had just turned a 10-14 halftime deficit into a 24-14 lead with a 95-yard kickoff return and a 21-yard sprint to the pylon.
UNC Player of the Game: T.J. Logan
North Carolina senior running back T.J. Logan was absolutely electrifying with his relatively few touches in a 33-24 loss to Georgia. UNC had their moments. At one point, they looked poised to run away from the Bulldogs, thanks to the efforts of Logan. Elijah Hood, too, played well with few carries, but he didn’t quite have the performance so many predicted.
Miscues Derail UNC's 2016 Start
The lights may have been a bit brighter than expected. The crowd noise was certainly louder than the expected, and Georgia running back Nick Chubb was probably more bruising than expected. Whatever the reason, No. 22 North Carolina faltered once again on its primetime stage on Saturday at the Georgia Dome, not unlike its season opener a year ago.
Connor Barth released by New Orleans Saints as NFL teams trim rosters
Wilmington native Connor Barth will likely be returning to his home on Wrightsville Beach for the near future after being released by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday as NFL teams were required to trim their roster to 53 players heading into the regular season.
Tar Heels' Mitch Trubisky can build on debut as starting QB
Mitch Trubisky endured more than his share of shaky moments Saturday as UNC kicked off the 2016 season with a 33-24 loss against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. But statistically, Trubisky’s 24-for-40 night passing for 156 yards and no interceptions wasn’t all that bad, especially considering it was against the nation’s 18th-ranked team.