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Video: Marquise Williams - Older and Wiser

North Carolina junior quarterback Marquise Williams realizes preparation and confidence are the keys to performance on the field. (View Video...)

No. 25 Carolina Visits ECU Saturday

Playing its first road game of the season, No. 25 North Carolina looks to improve to 3-0 when it faces East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., on Saturday, Sept. 20. The game will kick off at 3:32 p.m. on ESPNU. The Tar Heels are 2-0 for the first time since 2011 when they started the season with three straight victories. Since 1998, UNC has been 3-0 just twice - 2009 and 2011. (

ECU nose tackle Terry Williams sees gaps in Tar Heels' armor

They call him the Swamp Monster. Just exactly why is a mystery that Terry Williams is yet to solve. “I don’t really know where it came from,” Williams said. “One day (defensive line coach Marc Yellock) came in and said, ‘What’s up Swamp Monster.’ I don’t really know where it came from, but I like the name. I embrace it.” (Charlotte Observer)

Pirates, Tar Heels set for 'emotional' showdown in Greenville

Many in the Triangle will be fully focused on Greenville for what could be a "whale of a ball game" between ECU and UNC, former ECU and NFL coach Steve Logan told Jeff Gravley. "It will be rocking and rolling in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, there is no doubt about that," Logan said. Once the Pirates and Tar Heels are on the field, the emotional game plan could be the key in who gets a win. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Ethan Farmer tackles long journey of adversity

It’s fitting that Ethan Farmer has to miss part of practice to be in the classroom — after all, an undisclosed academic issue nearly prevented him from stepping on the field at all this season. As the only player left on the roster from Butch Davis’ final fall, Farmer is one of the oldest on the team, especially among the young defensive line. He’s been through a lot since he arrived in Chapel Hill. (Carolina Blue)

UNC football puts past behind, eyes redemption at ECU

In 2013, the Pirates torched UNC, 55-31, at Kenan Stadium — ECU’s first win against UNC since 2007. Since then, the Tar Heels have tried to forget the loss. But as the questions are rattled off, their memories come rushing back from the 2013 game — ECU’s 101 offensive plays, 603 total yards and a series-high 55 points. (Daily Tar Heel)

Record crowds expected at ECU-UNC game, fans encouraged to go early

When ECU hosts UNC on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd, it could be the largest crowd ever inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The advice from ECU police: go early. ECU Police Lt. Chris Sutton appeared on WITN News at Sunrise Thursday, telling Pirate fans they should consider going about their game day routine earlier than normal. (WITN)

Remembering Kelvin Bryant, Steve Streater and 1981 ECU Game

Dick Crum said there was no official effort before the opener to dedicate the game to Steve Streater or otherwise recognize him, and Kelvin Bryant says his gestures were ones that simply struck him in the warmth of the moment. “I saw Steve in the end zone and I just took him the football,” Bryant remembers. “I gave him the ball and he spiked it and had a big smile on his face.” (UNC Lettermen)

ECU looks to do it again vs. ACC

Ruffin McNeill has not approached East Carolina's rugged three-game nonconference stretch here as proving grounds. The fifth-year Pirates coach has always believed his teams belong with whoever they're playing, Power 5 program or not. (

Friendly foes: ‘Brothers’ Otis, Bigger face one another on the field Saturday

Norkeithus Otis was running down the field on kickoff coverage against ECU last season when, out of nowhere, he felt as though he had gotten hit by a truck. There was no need to get the license number, though. The UNC Bandit already knew it. The offending party was Pirates’ linebacker Zeek Bigger, his old Ashbrook High teammate. The two have known each other since they were 10 years old (Wilmington Star News)

Air Protection

It doesn't take a brilliant defensive coordinator to realized East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden took a lot of chances down the field in the Pirates 28-21 road win over Virginia Tech. Carden will surely provide a test for the North Carolina secondary when the Tar Heels travel to Greenville on Saturday. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Carolina Braces For East Carolina Collision in Pirate Country

The No. 25 North Carolina football team, 2-0 on the season, hits the road looking to take down in-state rival East Carolina, sporting a 2-1 record, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. At least outside the locker room, this weekend’s tilt is hard to mention without first referencing the 55-31 runaway victory for the Pirates in Chapel Hill last year. (

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - ECU

Vic Koenning and Seth Littrell break down how they plan to defend and attack East Carolina when the Tar Heels travel to Greenville. (View Video...)

Greg Ellis Named An ACC Legend

Former North Carolina All-America Greg Ellis, who is still the all-time leader in sacks, has been named to the ACC's 2014 Class of Legends. The class, which consists of one legend from each school, will be honored at the 10th Annual Dr Pepper Football Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C. on December 6. (

One Thing to Watch: East Carolina

Most concerning for the Tar Heels is the number of missed tackles in the San Diego State game, an eye-opening 34. The Pirate offense will spread out defenders, so the Tar Heels are going to have to make open-field tackles. If not, senior safety Tim Scott says, “It’s going to be just like last year. We’re going to get embarrassed.” (

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3 TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10 TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17 TBD

Full Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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