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Lions TE Eric Ebron loves to prove doubters wrong

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron claims he has taken some criticism on Twitter about dropping passes. "When they do, I love it," he insisted. "I love when people talk about me. That way when I prove you wrong, it looks bad on you, not me." Ebron displayed flashes of promise Monday at practice, quickly running routes and leaping to make catches. (USA Today)

Fedora Seeing Game Plan Come Together in Year Three

Preseason training camp is in full swing for No. 23 North Carolina. And with the season opening game against Liberty 25 days away, head coach Larry Fedora is giving the Tar Heels a crash course in preparation for a 2014 campaign full of expectation. Fedora says he’s been happy with the energy level and excitement surrounding the players during preseason practices. (

AJ's World: UNC Football News & Notes

One of the things that really stood out to me during UNC's Media Day on Saturday was Shakeel Rashad's body. He was listed at 213 pounds during his senior season in high school and looked a bit thin and wiry as a true freshman two seasons ago. But up close Saturday, Rashad looked like a different person than two falls ago. He's listed at 245 but looks bigger. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Video: ACC Top 25 Players To Watch #17 UNC QB Marquise Williams

After filling in for an injured Bryn Renner last season, Marquise Williams grabs the #17 spot on our list of the ACC's Top 25 Players to Watch. The quarterback brings a dynamic presence to the Tar Heels offense. Last season, he threw 15 touchdowns, but also ran for six more. Williams is fighting for the starting job this season, but could be a household name by December. (View Video...)

Video: ACC Top 25 Players To Watch #21 UNC WR Ryan Switzer

Ryan Switzer emerged as one of the most exciting players in the country last season and that's why he's on our list of the ACC's Top 25 Players to Watch. As a freshman in 2013, Switzer tied an NCAA record by returning five punts for touchdowns. He needs just three more return TDs to break the career mark held by Wes Welker and Antonio Perkins. (View Video...)

Ryan Switzer Open About Goals

The thing is, the punt returner/wide receiver isn't alone in Carolina blue thinking he can become UNC's first Heisman winner. Ask his teammates, and while their facial expressions tell a humorous but telling tale - one of zero surprise by what comes out of No. 3's mouth, but also admiration for someone they appreciate and respect - the sentiment is gaining traction at the Kenan Football Center. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC’s Turner learned leadership skills from former teammate Cooper

As the most experienced member of a young offensive line, junior guard Landon Turner will be called upon to mentor his North Carolina teammates almost as much as blocking the opposition this season. It’s a job he said he’s ready to accept, in part, because of the lessons he learned from his own mentor – former Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper. (Wilmington Star News)

Jonathan Cooper set for round 2 after rookie season injury

Jonathan Cooper is still waiting to play in his first regular season NFL game. Just don't call him a rookie. Despite missing all last year because of a broken leg suffered during an exhibition game, the former North Carolina and Hoggard High star considers himself an experienced pro as he begins his comeback with the Arizona Cardinals. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC shuffling the defensive line

The Tar Heels are facing adversity with the unexpected departures of linebacker Clint Heaven, offensive guard J.J. Patterson, and defensive tackles Shawn Underwood and Greg Webb days before the opening of training camp. Though Underwood is the only player of the four listed on early two-deep depth charts, the loss thins out an already depleted defensive line. (Carolina Blue)

Larry Fedora's UNC Media Day remarks

North Carolina is two days into its preseason training camp, and so far, coach Larry Fedora has been impressed by what he's seen in his young team. Saturday afternoon, Fedora took time to talk with reporters at the team's annual Media Day and Meet the Heels event at Kenan Stadium. (Carolina Blue)

More on the ‘line’ for UNC this preseason than high-profile QB battle

As much confidence as Larry Fedora has in the ability of both Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky to run his offense, it won’t matter which player wins the starting job if he doesn’t have a solid line on front of him. That’s why it’s a top priority for the Tar Heels to develop a cohesive, competent unit up front during the 28 days of preseason camp. (Wilmington Star News)

Confident Switzer sees no limits for what he can do, including a Heisman

The Heisman watch can never start early enough, and for many pundits, 2014's started as soon as FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was walking off the podium in December. But there's probably a name that hasn't been mentioned on most of those watch lists. A name that, if UNC's Ryan Switzer were making a watch list, he wouldn't hesitate to include. His own. (FOX Sports)

Eric Ebron starting to show improvement

Lions coach Jim Caldwell understands Eric Ebron’s progress could be incremental for a while as he picks up all the nuances of a position that could see him lined up in the slot, outside, next to the offensive line and perhaps even in the backfield on some plays. With each play comes different options and alignments and trying to compartmentalize all of that has been a challenge for him. (

UNC's Switzer for Heisman? He thinks so

One of the smallest players on the team is also one of the loudest. This year, North Carolina sophomore Ryan Switzer didn't even wait until training camp to make some noise. Last month, the 5-foot-10 receiver/returner wrote an open letter to fans asking for more support and told reporters that his goal is to win the Heisman Trophy. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels aiming for Coastal Division title, other breakthroughs

There aren't a lot of constants in college football, except change. But since the ACC went to divisional play, either the Atlantic or the Coastal has been filled with self-cannibalization. Right now, it's the Coastal Division's turn. And North Carolina, voted the No. 23 team nationally in the preseason USA TODAY Coaches' Poll, aims to take advantage. (FOX Sports)

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