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Shakeel Rashad's return could pay dividends
North Carolina's defense has been much-improved over the past three weeks as the Tar Heels have beaten Boston College, N.C. State, and Virginia in succession, and as they head to Pittsburgh for Saturday's road game in the Steel City, they'll be even deeper on that side of the ball as Shakeel Rashad returns for his second game.
UNC vs. Pitt Preview
Looking to reach .500 for just the second time this season, North Carolina travels north Saturday to take on Pitt (12:30, ACC Network, of course). The Panthers enter the contest 5-4 (2-3 ACC) and are coming off an upset of No. 24 Notre Dame this past weekend. Between senior defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Tyrone Ezell, Pitt has a potentially destructive interior line.
Tar Heels Meet Panthers in Pivotal Pittsburgh Contest
In what appears to be a pivotal game for the 4-5 Tar Heels and the 5-4 Pittsburgh Panthers, UNC will be hoping to emerge victorious with a huge road win before returning to Chapel Hill to finish out the regular season. The future is now for Carolina. Of UNC’s 32 touchdowns this season, a remarkable 24 have been scored by either true freshmen or sophomores.
Pitt looks for O-line consistency to provide boost to ground game
Pitt offensive line coach Jim Hueber said goals he sets for his players go beyond trying to prove critics wrong. When Hueber was asked whether his linemen played with a chip on their shoulders in the victory against Notre Dame, he protested. Hueber said revenge isn't a motive
ACC Week 12: Did you know?
North Carolina: The Tar Heels have scored 32 touchdowns this season, with a whopping 24 scored by freshmen or sophomores. Only eight (25 percent) have been scored by juniors or seniors. That total is matched by sophomore receiver Quinshad Davis, who leads the team with eight scores.
Football Letterman's Roundtable
Quincy Monk: "Once you’re on the field and start making plays, it’s contagious – guys are starting to make interceptions, stripping the ball, and sacks. Once you start building on that, everybody wants to be a part of that. Every game they’re getting better; every game there’s somebody stepping up. We’ve seen leaders on the field making plays and it’s contagious."
Pitt's Coles, Howard out vs. North Carolina
Pitt coach Paul Chryst said Thursday that he expects cornerbacks Titus Howard and Trenton Coles to miss the North Carolina games with injuries. Both were hurt at different points during Pitt's 28-21 win against Notre Dame Saturday. With those two out, Chryst said Jahmahl Pardner and E.J. Banks to take over as the primary backups at the cornerback spot.
Dallas Cowboys have a Bruce Carter problem
In 10 games, Bruce Carter has 60 tackles with two sacks. The sacks came in Week 1 and Week 2. Here is the hard part - the Cowboys lead the NFC with 22 takeaways, and Carter has not been involved statistically in any of those plays. That's incredible. And it has to change. Carter has not forced a fumble, he has not recovered a fumble and he has not intercepted a pass.
Tar Heels try for road win streak
After stringing together three wins, UNC travels to Pittsburgh to go for its fourth straight and second consecutive on the road — a feat the team hasn’t achieved since 2010. Redshirt sophomore Marquise Williams will lead the charge at quarterback, taking over for an injured Bryn Renner. Williams’ presence on the field gives the team another ground weapon to add to its arsenal of running backs.
The Cost of a Scandal
Since June 2010, UNC has spent more than $5.03 million on three scandals - academic, athletic and sexual assault - that have afflicted the community. The $5 million total comes from the use of external experts, including lawyers, consultants and public relations firms, who charged UNC thousands of dollars, and expensive severance packages paid to University officials tied to the scandals.
Giovani Bernard paved his path to NFL
Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard remembers it quite vividly. Other than learning of his mother’s death at the age of 7, he refers to this moment as the “lowest point of my life.” He remembers laying on the turf, wincing in pain, uncertain which direction his career would go. It was his third collegiate practice and his freshman season for the North Carolina was done.
Tar Heels finally showing some defensive growth
North Carolina's defense is showing some signs of growth, just in time for the Tar Heels' late bowl push. The Tar Heels have cut down on their mistakes, forced more turnovers and taken down quarterbacks more often. That improved defensive play has been a factor in North Carolina's three-game win streak heading into Saturday's game at Pittsburgh
Video: Football Coordinator Insight - Pittsburgh
North Carolina coordinators Blake Anderson and Vic Koenning discuss what the Tar Heels need to do to beat Pittsburgh on the road Saturday.
UNC selected as clinical site for NFLPA player health program
UNC has been selected by the NFL Players Association to participate in a new push to provide medical services and support to the league's former players, the school said Thursday. UNC's Brain and Body Health program, which is a part of the School of Medicine, will partner with "The Trust," NFLPA's new program that will help former players learn about their health and develop plans for cognitive and physical functioning.
What to watch in the ACC: Week 12
Marquise Williams. The North Carolina offense is his, and he did not disappoint last week in throwing, rushing and catching touchdowns for a win over Virginia. The Tar Heels are riding a three-game winning streak into Pittsburgh, where the Panthers ended Notre Dame's BCS bowl hopes last week.