Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football.
James Hurst emerges for rare first-team opportunity
Ravens starting right tackle Rick Wagner couldn’t finish practice Wednesday after suffering an apparent leg injury, forcing a second-year player who has largely toiled under the radar onto the field. James Hurst, who last year started five games and became the first undrafted rookie to start a playoff game at left tackle, was thrust into the first-team fold in an opportunity he said was necessary.
Dre Bly Named To FWAA 75th Anniversary Team
Former North Carolina superstar Dré Bly was named to the third team at defensive back. Bly had a brilliant career in Chapel Hill from 1996-98, helping lead the Tar Heels to back-to-back top-10 finishes and three consecutive bowl victories. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native remains the only player in ACC history to earn first-team All-America honors in his first three seasons.
2015 Football Preview: Secondary
UNC has plenty of experience in the secondary with just one newcomer listed in the preseason depth chart in the form of strong safety J.K. Britt. The only notable loss was Tim Scott to graduation. Scott led the team with seven pass break-ups and had one interception. Brian Walker led UNC with three interceptions and five pass break-ups while M.J. Stewart had a two interceptions.
Williams: "My goal is to put the ball in my playmakers' hands"
How much does it cool your nerves to have a shored up offensive line in your last year here? Marquise Williams: "It’s good, man. I tell those guys that they’re the best offensive line in the country. I haven’t been sacked this training camp and that’s huge for me. We are running the ball pretty well and that’s what you need to be great in the passing game, you need to have a good running game."
ICTV: Fedora, Heels Still in 'Camp Mode'
For the Tar Heel football players, classes started on Tuesday, but training camp has been in session for more than two weeks now and according to head coach Larry Fedora remain very much in 'camp mode.' "I'm more worried about us than I am anything right now, we haven't started on South Carolina yet and we wont for a while," the head coach said after practice on Wednesday.
Larry Fedora Wednesday Post-Practice Quotes
Who is Cole Holcomb? Larry Fedora: "He is a linebacker that is here from New Smyrna Beach and he’s stepped up and shown he’s going to play for us, he’s going to help this football team. He’s involved in almost all the special teams and he’s a kid that’s athletic and can run and knows the scheme."
UNC Combating Penalties with Experience
North Carolina is counting on its vast experience, which includes 18 starters and 351 career starts, to reverse a troublesome penalty trend that’s plagued Larry Fedora’s head coaching career. In 2014, the Tar Heels tied the single-season school record for penalties with 99. A year earlier, UNC set the single-season school record with 831 penalty yards.
UNC Football: Ranking The Positions
North Carolina is just more than two weeks away from its season opener versus South Carolina in Charlotte. While practice availability has been limited by the team over the last week, what we have gleaned so far is mostly consistent with what the expectations were going into camp.
Eric Ebron says he's better prepared entering sophomore season
Eric Ebron has no regrets over how his rookie season played out with the Detroit Lions. He never evaluated the year. He said he never really focused on it after it was over. The tight end, whom the Lions had selected with the No. 10 pick in the 2014 draft, merely moved on -- but doesn't consider it a disappointment.
True freshman: Who will play, who will redshirt?
Will play as a true freshman: Tommy Hatton - Every season the offensive line faces the most injuries of any position. This has already proven true with reserve guard Will Dancy knocked out for the season and starting center Lucas Crowley missing time in camp with an injury. Hatton has received first team reps during camp and has come in and impressed.
Gamecocks preparing for up-tempo UNC offense
You’ll read today about how South Carolina is getting close to ending camp and really starting on season preparation. The coaches have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t, who will play and who won’t. Defensively, the prep has already begun. North Carolina awaits on Sept. 3, and that’s not the only team that will try to exploit the Gamecocks’ fresh-faced defense.
UNC needs its running backs to step up
When fall camp began, UNC assistant coach Seth Littrell made a promise to the team's tailbacks. This season the Tar Heels were going to run the ball a lot. In UNC's opening scrimmage, that's exactly what happened. The tailbacks got their touches, and they responded by breaking off a series of big runs. It was a refreshing change of pace. "We're going to be good at running back," junior T.J. Logan said.
Bentley Spain Locking Down Left Tackle
Fast forward to his second spring in Chapel Hill and Charlotte, N.C. product Bentley Spain nudged out incumbent John Ferranto at left tackle for a spot with the first team. “Bentley Spain has stepped up at that left tackle position and is doing a really nice job and adding to it,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora told reporters last week.
Countdown UNC's 10 Best Players: #4 Ryan Switzer
Ryan Switzer got stronger and faster over the offseason, and opposing defenses better watch out for him come Saturdays in the Fall. Perhaps Switzer will recapture some of the magic he had in the punt return game that he showcased in 2013’s record-breaking season. However, even if Switzer can’t break through and take any punts back to the house, he will make his mark as a wide receiver.
Tar Heels hoping offseason revamp means big step forward
North Carolina has spent the months since the end of a frustrating season trying to repair a fractured locker room as well as a broken defense. Fourth-year coach Larry Fedora is waiting to find out if the Tar Heels have done both. "We'll think we know things about this football team," Fedora said, "but until we're faced with adversity, we won't really know."