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The Impact of Lovie Smith
UNC beat Illinois 48-14 in Kenan Stadium last year but this Illinois team features mostly new starters, and former NFL coach Lovie Smith is now the head coach of the Fighting Illini. In the NFL, Smith was known as a defensive guru. There is little film on Smith coaching Illinois, prompting UNC coach Larry Fedora to look back into Smith's days as an NFL coach. (Carolina Blue
Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Illinois
Once again North Carolina is tasked with overcoming a season-opening loss in a primetime setting and not allowing that defeat to morph into two notches in the loss column. Illinois served as the Tar Heels’ bounce-back game a season ago, although under new head coach Lovie Smith, the Illini are looking for their own program-defining win on Saturday. (Inside Carolina
Video: T.J. Logan - The Senior Steps Up
Now a senior, North Carolina running back T.J. Logan makes up half of the two-headed monster in the Tar Heel backfield, alongside Elijah Hood.
UNC LG Caleb Peterson's Blocks Set Up 35-Yard Run
Caleb Peterson brushed aside the praise, taking the familiar offensive lineman route of deflecting attention and settling for the greater team good. “I didn’t do anything beyond what my responsibility as a teammate was,” Peterson said. “If I messed up, I would hope the guys next to me would correct me. So I just helped out a teammate and tried to do my job.” (Inside Carolina
Carolina Visits Illinois Saturday At 7:30
North Carolina plays its second straight game away from home when the Tar Heels travel to Champaign to face Illinois of the Big Ten Conference. This marks the first time Carolina has opened a season with two consecutive games on the road (or neutral site) since 2001. Saturday’s game will kickoff at 7:42 ET on the Big Ten Network. (GoHeels.com
North Carolina could use another Illinois boost
A year ago, a 48-14 win over Illinois got North Carolina going and propelled the Tar Heels on a run to the ACC championship game and a bowl. Coming off a 33-24 season-opening loss to Georgia that knocked them out of the Top 25, the Tar Heels could use a repeat performance Saturday when they travel to Illinois. (Associated Press
UNC Football: Players to Watch - Week two
Defensive End Dawuane Smoot is the key player to keep an eye on for Illinois in Champaign. According to most mock drafts, Smoot is a top 5-ranked defensive end for this upcoming draft and is expected to go in the first round. Smoot was named the No. 5 player overall on Todd McShay’s big board. That is how highly-touted this guy is. (Tar Heel Blog
Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Illinois
Let Gene Chizik and Chris Kapilovic tell you about what the Tar Heels expect to see from Illinois when North Carolina visits Champaign on Saturday for a 7:30 PM kickoff.
T.J. Logan: 'I'm just trying to make you remember one touch'
T.J. Logan may just be the best kept secret in college football. He doesn't see a high volume of reps, but he averaged 7.7 yards per touch, and his goal is to make a lasting impact every time he touches the ball. "When I’m on the field, no matter how many touches I get, I’m just going to try and make you remember one touch," Logan said Wednesday. (Carolina Blue
Mikey Bart: More comfortable, confident, and "twitchier"
One standout from the Georgia game was senior starting defensive end Mikey Bart. The 6-3, 270-pound Buford, Ga. native finished with three tackles and one sack. He was around the quarterback throughout the game --- providing the pressure that UNC needs from their front four. (Carolina Blue
Illini football players can't forget basketball's title loss to North Carolina in 2005
The mere mention of that team from Tobacco Road brings up bad memories of 2005 and an Illinois men’s basketball team that was derailed from destiny by the Tar Heels. Bruce Weber’s team fell to Roy Williams & Co. 75-70 in the national championship game. The Tar Heels come to town Saturday to face the Illini football team, and that 2005 loss still cuts deep for many. (State Journal-Register
Bears eye smooth transition from Robbie Gould to Connor Barth
Rodgers’s belief in Barth, a 30-year old journeyman joining his sixth NFL team, stems from their work together in 2014 for the Broncos. Barth appeared in five games for the Broncos late that season, making 15 of 16 field goals. He made every field goal under 40 yards and all 15 of his point-after attempts. “His history says that he’s an accurate field-goal guy,” Rodgers said. (Chicago Sun-Times
No need to worry about Mitch Trubisky; he will be just fine
Whether it is fair or not, a lot of the blame after a loss gets put squarely on the quarterback’s shoulders. The Georgia game was no different. Mitch Trubisky obviously did not play as well as he and the Carolina faithful had hoped, but it is not time to jump ship or even question Trubisky. (Tar Heel Blog
Four Downs With Panthers Safety Tre Boston
In my car, I don't listen to anything but Christian music. That's my moment to praise. In the world we play in and live in, there's not enough, I feel, God in our lives. You get to a locker room, you're not going to hear Christian music in the locker room. There's nothing wrong with that, but I feel it's my responsibility to get that in my heart some time during the day. (Charlotte Magazine
History might not repeat for Tar Heels vs. Illini
The Illini have the talent to slow the Tar Heels’ rushing attack with defensive end Dawuane Smoot, who had eight sacks and 15 tackles for loss last season and tackle Chunky Clements, who added 11½ tackles for loss. Illinois also added graduate transfer linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr., a likely NFL draft pick and whose father, Hardy, was a five-time Pro Bowl player. (Greensboro News & Record