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Top 10 ACC football games of 2015
10. NC State at North Carolina, Nov. 28: Both teams have been mentioned as potential "dark horses" in the ACC, so their rivalry game to close the regular season could be more intense than usual if division hopes are on the line. NC State smacked the Tar Heels a year ago, which will surely add more fuel to the matchup.
'Silent' Switzer letting his game speak
Protein bars and energy drinks weren’t cutting it for North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer. So the versatile athlete started taking another supplement. “Eating his humble pie, man,” UNC wide receiver Bug Howard said. This time last year, Switzer figured he’d keep the Heisman Trophy in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Florida State’s Jameis Winston won it in 2013. Switzer claimed he had next, even asking fans to support his campaign.
Q&A with former UNC football player Jonathan Cooper
Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, former UNC offensive guard Jonathan Cooper became the first UNC offensive lineman drafted in the first round since 1987. As a senior in 2012, he earned consensus All-America honors, resulting in his No. 64 jersey being honored in Kenan Stadium. Since joining the Cardinals, Cooper’s career has been defined by injuries.
UNC coach Tray Scott looks to restore defensive line
Tray Scott, the youngest member of the North Carolina coaching staff, never hesitates to get his hands dirty. Whether it’s 7 a.m. in the weight room or in the middle of a drill as he sprints past players, the 30-year-old defensive line coach brings around-the-clock energy and physicality to the Tar Heels’ defensive front. “I want to show these guys exactly what I want them to do,” Scott said.
Jets’ Quinton Coples is unleashed and predicting huge sack totals
Quinton Coples smiles broadly, like the Cheshire Cat, every time he discusses his new role with the Jets. He has a twinkle in his eye and a “just wait” attitude. After being used more in coverage the past two seasons by former head coach Rex Ryan, the Jets outside linebacker said he expects to return to his pass-rushing roots this season.
UNC's defensive line relying on scheme, aggression
For the better part of eight months,North Carolina’s defensive line has spent its time constructing a foundation based on physicality, simplicity and a one-gap scheme. “It’s building a rock solid wall,” junior defensive end Mikey Bart said. “That’s what we call it. Everybody’s doing their job, all of the gaps are closed and literally it’s like a wall. No one’s going to run on us.”
Video: UNC Football Position Breakdowns 2015 - Wide Receivers
Wide Receivers coach Gunter Brewer introduces us to the 'Freaks' of the 2015 Carolina Football team, led by veterans Quinshad Davis, Bug Howard, Mack Hollins, and Ryan Switzer.
Countdown To Kickoff: Week 3
Each week leading into the opener, GoHeels TV is featuring free replays of key Tar Heel wins from recent seasons. This week, it's the 2013 win over North Carolina State. Quinshad Davis had two touchdown catches and T.J. Logan ran for a fourth-quarter TD as the 2013 Tar Heels won 27-19 in Raleigh. It was Carolina's first win in Carter-Finley Stadium since 2005.
Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 6
Nazair Jones is a redshirt sophomore who saw a lot time last year on the defensive line. In UNC's 2014 season the Roanoke Rapids native registered 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and an interception. He was a bright spot on an otherwise inept defense. His performance gave hope for his future performances, building expectations for this upcoming season.
Q&A With Charlton Warren
Charlton Warren is serving in his first season as defensive backs coach at UNC and comes to UNC from Nebraska where he worked with UNC linebacker coach John Papuchis. Prior to his stint with the Cornhuskers, Warren spent nine seasons at the Air Force Academy, including the final six seasons as defensive coordinator. Warren played defensive back for Air Force from 1995-1998.
ESPN 2015 All-ACC preseason football team
The 2015 football season is about to kick off, and while there is ample debate about which teams will end the season in Charlotte, it’s even tougher to winnow the candidates for our All-ACC team. Nevertheless, we gave it a shot. Offensive guard: Landon Turner, North Carolina, Sr.
Video: Inside Training Camp with Shakeel Rashad
Ever wonder what it's like to go through two football practice sessions in one day? Follow senior linebacker Shakeel Rashad from the early morning until late evening during one of the last days of training camp to see first hand what it's like to prepare for a college football season.
Ryan Switzer shies away from spotlight
Expectations defined this past year for North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer. After a stellar freshman campaign resulted in him claiming All-America honors as a return man, he entered his sophomore season talking about winning the Heisman Trophy. But a return to normalcy in 2014 has prompted Switzer, now a junior, to take a more discreet approach this offseason.
Countdown UNC's 10 Best Players: #1 Marquise Williams
With Marquise Williams entrenched as the starter from day one, there is no reason why this shouldn’t be one of the more explosive offenses in the country. He has plenty of weapons so the passing attack should be lethal. When he calls his own number, Williams is as dangerous as anyone in the country in the open field. That combination should result in UNC lighting up the scoreboard this season.
2015 Football Preview: Linebackers
Any discussion of Carolina linebackers starts with senior Jeff Schoettmer, who has assumed the role of leader of the defense. Schoettmer had a breakout year last season in which he was second on the team in tackles, tied for second in tackles for loss, and chipped in a pair of interceptions. Schoettmer will anchor the defense this season from the middle linebacker spot.