UNC Safety Donnie Miles Playing Physical Football
Donnie Miles has emerged as the Tar Heels’ leading tackler through five games this season, tallying 42 tackles to go along with a tackle for loss and a pair of pass breakups. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder has adjusted seamlessly from the Ram position he played in 2014 to safety, due to his familiarity with the position. (Inside Carolina
Video: Marquise Williams is Running Into The Record Book
North Carolina senior quarterback Marquise Williams' passing and running has led the Tar Heels to 4 straight victories.
Junior Gnonkonde not one to give up on
In just four years, Junior Gnonkonde has gone from being rejected by his dream school to becoming an impact player on the North Carolina defense. And while his football career is still in its early stages, he has already proven to some, including Georgia Tech, that he is not a player to give up on. (Daily Tar Heel
No days off for UNC student-athletes
After his 8 AM class, Shakeel Rashad snags breakfast at Kenan Stadium, works on his online class for an hour and watches film for an hour and 15 minutes before heading to the weight room. From 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., he works out, then goes to get taped for practice before team meetings start at 2:10 p.m. Several different meetings run until 3:40 p.m. Then he has 25 minutes to get dressed and head to practice at 4:05 p.m. (Daily Tar Heel
Diminishing role could impact Quinton Coples' future with Jets
When the New York Jets return to action next Sunday against the Washington Redskins, one of the players to watch is outside linebacker Quinton Coples, whose role appears to be shrinking. Yes, Coples made the trip last week to London, although it was sometimes hard to tell during the actual game. He played only 15 snaps in the win over the Miami Dolphins. (ESPN.com
UNC's defense has turned the corner under Gene Chizik
With largely the same talent pool that made up one of the nation’s worst defenses a year ago, new North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik is finding instant success in 2015 with a group willing to work together. The message, he told them before the season, is that 11 good players doing their job are far more effective than one great player doing his. (ESPN.com
Marquise Williams On Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 15 List
The initial Top 30 Watch List for the 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has been reduced to 15 of the country’s top college quarterbacks, and North Carolina's Marquise Williams is one of the remaining candidates for the prestigious award presented at the end of each season to the nation’s top college quarterback. (GoHeels.com
UNC getting a first down on 87.5% of their drives
The fact that the North Carolina football team is getting a first down on 87.5% of their drives this season against FBS competition is a clear indicator of longer drives and fewer three and outs. A lot of this can be contributed to an improved Tar Heel running game behind an experience offensive line which has lived up to expectations this season. (Carolina Blue
Problems At Punter For UNC
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora met with the media following Wednesday's practice and one of the primary topics was the issue he's dealing with at punter. The Tar Heels have used two punters so far, and while the battle remains between just them at this time, stability certainly isn't a word that's synonymous with the position right now. (Tar Heel Illustrated
UNC football looks to avoid bye week complacency
Heading into its bye week, the North Carolina football team seemingly can't lose. One week removed from exercising its road demons with a historic comeback in Atlanta, UNC enters the break with a four-game winning streak and no challenger on this weekend's slate. But this week, the Tar Heels will face their toughest opponent yet – complacency. (Daily Tar Heel
Fedora, Chizik discuss Georgia Tech and Bye Week Preparation
After a huge win against Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels look to keep momentum during their bye week before hosting Wake Forest. Larry Fedora and Gene Chizik spoke to the media following Wednesday's practice. Fedora: "Everything we've done up to this point has been about ourselves. We are going back to the fundamentals and techniques that we're going to need for the next eight weeks." (Carolina Blue
Warren: "There is no quit, there is a lot of fight"
It was almost like there was a new defensive team out there during the second half of North Carolina versus Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels limited the Yellow Jackets to only 10 points, making key stops, and forcing turnovers. CarolinaBlue spoke with UNC defensive backs coach Charlton Warren about the defensive adjustments and the evolving mentality of this defense. (Carolina Blue
Is Fedora's Past Prologue?
William Shakespeare once wrote "what's past is prologue" in The Tempest. Metaphorically, it applies to sports sometimes, but usually not. In the case of UNC football coach Larry Fedora and his four-year path at Southern Mississippi that preceded what's transpiring in his tenure at UNC, it's certainly fascinating to consider the parallels between the two experiences. (Tar Heel Illustrated
Bucky Brooks on Marquise Williams' NFL potential
Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina: The electric playmaker is not the most explosive or elusive athlete on the field, but few dual-threat quarterbacks are more effective with the ball in their hands. Williams showcased his remarkable big-play skills with a spectacular performance against Georgia Tech that featured 319 yards of total offense (148 yards and two touchdowns rushing; 37 yards and a touchdown receiving; 134 yards passing). (NFL.com
Is 'True Life: Gio' the next Lifetime movie?
More people should know Giovani Bernard's story. Paul Daugherty even suggested they make a Lifetime movie out of it, which Bernard got a kick out of on Tuesday night's Beyond the Stripes. "True Life: Gio," Bernard joked. "I'll get a nice little check for it." And he smiled and nodded almost the whole time Doc rattled off the story. Even the SparkNotes version is compelling: (Cincinnati Enquirer