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UNC prepares to face off against Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T
North Carolina running back Elijah Hood is coming off the strongest performance of his young career, rushing for 139 yards on 13 carries in a 17-13 loss to South Carolina. But on Saturday, he’ll hardly be the most accomplished back on the field. That honor belongs to Tarik Cohen, the dynamic scatback from North Carolina A&T.
UNC defense aims to limit big plays
The Tar Heels will be put to the test against a lethal running back in Tarik Cohen, whom coaches know is a catastrophic run just waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. “That guy can go,” Coach Larry Fedora said. Cohen was named co-offensive player of the year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic conference in 2014, rushing for 1,340 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Tar Heels hunting in-state win against A&T
It’s not a surprise A&T players and fans are hyped to play North Carolina — it is, after all, a chance for A&T to pull off a massive upset. The question is why UNC is opening itself to the risk of losing to A&T. The Aggies are favored to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and return the conference’s most explosive running back, Tarik Cohen.
Former Tar Heel P.J. Clyburn returns to football at Winston-Salem State
P.J. Clyburn’s football career was over. His right shoulder was injured while at North Carolina and he was content to be just a student. It was during the 2012 season for the Tar Heels when Clyburn, now a safety at Winston-Salem State, suffered the injury. He stayed in school and UNC continued to pay for his education. But then something happened. “I wanted to play again,” Clyburn said.
Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight vs North Carolina A&T
Gene Chizik and Seth Littrell discuss what improvements they're expecting to see from the Tar Heels as they look to get back on the winning track at home against North Carolina A&T in the first home game of the season in Chapel Hill.
ACC Week 2 Predictions
North Carolina A&T at North Carolina: Mistakes in the red zone cost UNC last Thursday night against South Carolina. Marquise Williams can’t make those mistakes if this team is going to be a factor in the ACC Coastal Division. North Carolina 48-3; North Carolina 41–21; North Carolina 50-17; North Carolina 50-13.
UNC all-in on the argyle
Argyle helmet. Argyle pants. Argyle jersey....Argyle Field? When fans walk beneath the pines into Kenan Stadium this Saturday for the first UNC home game of 2015 they will notice something different gracing the field. Argyle.
UNC vs A&T Preview: Aggies Bringing Defense
The Aggies are led by a familiar face in Chapel Hill in former UNC assistant coach and All-ACC defensive lineman Rod Broadway (1974-77). Broadway has posted a 29-17 record as the Aggies’ head coach and picked up the 97th win of his coaching career in the opener against Shaw. He’s turned around a program that was saddled with NCAA sanctions due to low graduation rates when he took over in 2011.
Turner's Take: Thursday Football Notebook
Marquise Williams received a number of phone calls over the weekend from fellow quarterbacks, encouraging him to pick his head up after a tough performance last Thursday in the loss to South Carolina. One of those calls came from his predecessor at Carolina, Bryn Renner. Another came from the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning.
My Carolina Experience: Mark McNeill
Mark McNeill had two overarching goals when he came to UNC: Graduate and win a national championship in lacrosse. He felt that it was important to take advantage of all his opportunities, so when he was offered the chance to walk on to the football team, he took it. Though playing two sports and completing a double major was overwhelming at times, McNeill was focused on the bigger picture.
UNC defensive backs buying in
Last season, North Carolina's defensive backfield often seemed lost. Opposing wide receivers ran free without a defender in the camera's view. UNC got torched for big gains becoming the worst defense in the ACC. But it's a new year, a new season, and a new scheme. There is also new general coaching the DBs: North Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren.
Julius Peppers overcame nerves to become a leader
On his first day as a Green Bay Packer, in the very first team meeting, Julius Peppers sat two chairs away from Clay Matthews. He was the biggest man in the room, towering at 6-foot-7. His on-field resume was unparalleled. It didn’t matter. “I was nervous as heck,” Peppers remembers. He felt like a kid on the first day of school. He knew nobody. Every face was unfamiliar, every person a stranger.
Lions TE Eric Ebron has mean tweets read to him while he works out
Social media is an incredible tool for connecting public figures to the people. It's also an incredible tool for the haters. Many athletes will try to ignore the hate. But Eric Ebron is embracing it. Including having his trainer read mean tweets to him while he's working out.
How shifting date of Charlotte kickoff changed the game for UNC and South Carolina
UNC and the University of South Carolina will each receive $3.2 million for playing in Charlotte last week. On Sept. 3, CBJ reported a guarantee of $2.5 million that could have gone to $3.2 million with a sellout. A contract amendment changed the game date to Sept. 3 from Sept. 5 at the request of ESPN and, as part of that agreement, increased the guaranteed payout to $3.2 million per team.
Nick Weiler brings confident approach to UNC's kicking game
Much like in golf, a place kicker’s swing depends on his form. And in order to maintain a consistent swing, confidence is key. Just ask North Carolina’s Nick Weiler. “(Confidence) is pretty big,” said the junior place kicker after Wednesday’s practice. “It’s just like golf — if you feel good about your swing, you’re going to have a good swing.”