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UNC's Caleb Peterson Enjoying the Game

Caleb Peterson has been having fun throughout his four years in a Tar Heel uniform alongside of best friend and starting right tackle Jon Heck. If both linemen stay healthy this season, they will each have a chance to break the current UNC career starts record of 49, which is held by former offensive tackle James Hurst.

Tar Heels Rise & Grind

Thursday marked the 14th practice of UNC's training camp, and the 11th day since practice began on Aug. 5 to top 90 degrees. It’s been blazing hot at Navy Fields. During media interviews after practice, the index rose to 104. "This has been the hottest, most humid training camp that we've had," senior left guard Caleb Peterson said.

Video: UNC Football 2016 Position Breakdown - Defensive Backs

North Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren breaks down the 'Rude Boyz' of the Tar Heel secondary.

Elijah Hood: The Most Interesting Man in Chapel Hill

For Elijah Hood–a former Eagle Scout who maintains a GPA above 3.8—comparisons to mortals don’t do him justice. He consistently seeks out new and exciting off-the-field opportunities in an effort to expand his worldview—a trait coach Larry Fedora says sets him apart. The job Hood took this past summer was with the North Carolina General Assembly.

UNC football must avoid falling into Pittsburgh’s trap in week 4

Expectations are high for UNC football. An overwhelming favorite to repeat as Coastal Division champions, they have a massive target on their back. Some may scoff, expecting a collapse after an unexpected 11-1 season. In a division that has been among the most unpredictable over the past 10 years, it’s hard to begrudge anybody for rolling their eyes.

Tar Heels aim to stop run, continue defensive turn

While North Carolina's record-setting offense commanded headlines, the Tar Heels' defensive improvement from awful to merely adequate was a key factor in matching a school record with 11 wins. For defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, the next step for that unit is obvious entering the opener against Georgia and beyond.

Video: Larry Fedora Thursday Post-Practice Comments

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora talks with the media following Thursday's pre-season practice, as the Tar Heels prepare to kickoff the season against Georgia in Atlanta on September 3.

History of UNC’s mascot Rameses

This is what happened. Head cheerleader Vic Huggins noticed a lack of school spirit for the Tar Heels. So instead of making the school’s mascot a giant foot with black muck on the heel, he suggested that the team make its mascot a ram. The idea was based on UNC’s star football player, Jack Merritt, who was nicknamed, the “Battering Ram.”

No more ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’

They called Bill Dooley, “the ol’ Trenchfighter”. He borrowed a coaching staple from someone who had to have been one of his sideline heroes – the late Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes. “Three yards and a cloud of dust”. That was Dooley’s style; slug it out with you at the line, in the trenches, real slobber-knocker football.

Carolina Athletics: 2015-16 Year In Review

Carolina finished seventh in the Learfield NACDA Cup standings, UNC’s seventh top-10 performance in the last eight years. It marked the 17th time Carolina was the highest finisher among ACC schools. UNC was one of only three schools, with Stanford and Oklahoma, to finish in the top 10 in both men’s and women’s standings in the Capital One Cup.

There’s no denying UGA’s Nick Chubb is ready to play ball

It’s almost laughable now when Nick Chubb says he’s not sure whether or not he’ll play in Georgia’s first game. He said it again Wednesday night after the Bulldogs’ practice, the team’s 16th of the preseason. It was Chubb’s 16th as well. No, Chubb hasn’t missed a practice or a rep for that matter.

From Down Under: Tar Heels might look up at punts

In his search for a punter, North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora found a friend. “He calls me ‘Mate,’ ” Fedora said. He’s referring to Tom Sheldon, who has joined the punting competition with the Tar Heels this summer. He’s an Australian with no experience doing what the team might request of him. “Tom hasn’t played American football,” Fedora said.

Familiar Ground for UNC Tight End Brandon Fritts

It’s been four years since Brandon Fritts and Mitch Trubisky paired up as one of the top high school quarterback-receiver options in Ohio. The location has since changed, as well as Fritts’s position, although the familiarity and chemistry remain. When Trubisky was winning Ohio’s Mr. Football honors in the fall of 2012, his favorite target was Fritts.

UNC football needs to win the turnover battle again in 2016

The tremendous offense. The much improved defense. More week-to-week consistency against weaker teams. All of these are reasons as to why North Carolina improved so much from 2014 to 2015, becoming one of the best and most promising football programs in the whole ACC. One other important aspect that needs to be replicated for another successful season?

Where is UNC football ranked in preseason polls?

North Carolina enters the 2016 season with high expectations following a 11-3, ACC Coastal Division-winning 2015 campaign. But with a stacked offense and a talented, young defense are the Tar Heels still being overlooked by the National media? Let's examine where the Tar Heels are slotted in many of the 2016 preseason college football polls:

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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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