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UNC defensive tackle Nazair Jones endured a long, painful road back to the gridiron

The trainer takes a tube about six inches long marked “Enbrel” from the fridge and gives it to North Carolina’s star defensive tackle Nazair Jones. He takes the top off of the tube to expose the needle, swabs a bared thigh with an alcohol wipe — this week it’s the right leg, next week it’ll be the left — and sticks the needle into the muscle.

UNC passing offense more than meets the eye

If you stand just far enough away at a North Carolina football practice, squint your eyes and tilt your head, you’ll swear you’re still watching last year’s Tar Heel passing offense. But don’t let your eyes fool you. At first glance, the UNC passing attack hasn’t changed one bit: still a blur of blue and white gliding down the field, one play at a time.

"Rude Boyz" prepared to wake up doubters this season

Aside from Des Lawrence earning first team All-ACC honors this summer, the names of UNC corners and safeties have been left off most preseason teams and award watch lists. “The Rude Boyz” are using the lack of notoriety as bulletin board material ahead of the upcoming season. “I think that our biggest thing is to carry a chip on our shoulder,” Lawrence said.

Hollins' absence at start of opener will test Tar Heels

Mack Hollins does many different things for North Carolina’s football team, but he’ll be doing nothing for the 22nd-ranked Tar Heels when the season starts. He’s suspended for the first half of Saturday’s game against No. 18 Georgia. “I think it will be tough sitting there,” said Hollins, a senior receiver and special teams whiz.

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Georgia

Lee Pace speaks with coordinators Gene Chizik and Chris Kapilovic to get their thoughts as the Tar Heels square off against Georgia in their season opener in Atlanta in less than 48 hours.

Position-by-position edge: Georgia vs. North Carolina

No. 18 Georgia will meet No. 22 North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday in the Georgia Dome. It’s part of an opening weekend of football that’s as good as any in recent memory. Kirby Smart enters his first game as the Bulldogs’ head coach with plenty of talent, but some questions as well. The Tar Heels have better players than Georgia fans would like to admit and a real shot at winning.

Trubisky gets his shot as starting QB for No. 22 Tar Heels

Mitch Trubisky's wait is finally over. The quarterback will make his first career start Saturday for No. 22 North Carolina in the opener against No. 18 Georgia in Atlanta. It comes after two years of preparation with only spot game action and plenty of watching from the sideline. "It's exciting just because I guess the label comes with it," Trubisky said.

Elijah Hood in-depth on Georgia game, national running backs

Football brings a twinkle to the eye of UNC junior running back Elijah Hood. He loves the game, loves to compete, and loves to dominate. Coming off a 219 carry, 1,463 yards, 17 touchdown season, expectations are high for what Hood and the Tar Heel offense can do in 2016. Hood spoke with the media early in the week on a range of topics.

Turner's Take: The Heartbeat

The two unquestioned leaders on the 2015 defense were senior linebackers Jeff Schoettmer and Shakeel Rashad, who combined for 223 tackles. But seniors graduate, and someone must step up in their absence. Now comes sophomore Andre Smith, the linebacker who started three games and appeared in all 14 as a true freshman.

Georgia-North Carolina renewing classic rivalry

When Georgia defeated North Carolina between the hedges in 1966, a classic rivalry involving two of the oldest state universities ended, bringing about a downcast emotional state for both institutions. Bulldog fans loved road trips to Chapel Hill; Tar Heel fans felt the same way about a sojourn to Athens. Perspective can best be illuminated by going back one season to 1965.

Detroit Lions Re-sign WR Quinshad Davis

The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed WR Quinshad Davis. Davis re-joins the Lions after originally signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent out of North Carolina in May. In Detroit’s three games this preseason, Davis has recorded three receptions for 27 yards, as well as a two-point conversion against Pittsburgh.

Advanced Metrics Not High on UNC Football in 2016

Football Outsiders became one of the nation’s top advanced metrics football sites using two statistical approaches: Bill Connelly’s S&P+ ratings and Brian Fremeau’s FEI ratings. Connelly and Fremeau released their win projections for 2016, and neither look promising for the Tar Heels. Both metrics indicate that UNC is most likely to post a 7-5 or 8-4 record.

North Carolina-Georgia Preview Capsule

For the first time in 15 years, Georgia has a new coach on the sidelines. After firing Mark Richt, the Bulldogs turned to Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. North Carolina is coming off an 11-win season that included an appearance in the ACC championship game, but the Tar Heels could use a defining win under fifth-year coach Larry Fedora to build national momentum.

Audio: Marquise Williams Interview

Taylor Vippolis talks to Marquise Williams about his transition to the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, his relationship with Coach Fedora, thoughts on Mitch Trubisky and more.

Bulldogs choose Greyson Lambert to start at QB vs. UNC

Greyson Lambert is going to start at quarterback for the Bulldogs on Saturday when they open the season against North Carolina, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed on Thursday. Lambert, a fifth-year senior who started 12 games a year ago, has been embroiled in an intense competition with true freshman Jacob Eason for the starting job.

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
Sat, Nov 25 Box Score
Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
Sat, Sep 1 TBD
UNC @ East Carolina
Sat, Sep 8 TBD
Sat, Sep 15 TBD

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Florida State3-57-6

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