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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.”
Western Carolina schedules two football games at UNC
Western Carolina and North Carolina have inked an agreement for two football games in 2017 and 2018.
WCU and the Tar Heels will meet for the first time on Nov. 18, 2017, at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. Western will return to UNC for a game on Nov. 17, 2018.
The Aggie-Tar Heel dilemma
Conventional wisdom says Carolina ought to have its way in its first-ever football matchup with N.C. A&T in Chapel Hill Saturday night. The Tar Heels play at a higher level of competition (which goes by the eminently un-catchy label, the Football Bowl Subdivision). A&T plays a rung below that, in the also awkwardly named Football Championship Subdivision (who comes up with this stuff?).
Tar Heels Look to Bounce Back Following Loss
Following North Carolina’s heartbreaking 17 – 13 loss to South Carolina, Larry Fedora said the team has concentrated on learning from their mistakes and applying their knowledge in the next game. “We put the loss to bed on Sunday and started practice on Tuesday,” Fedora said. “They had a great practice and we expect to tomorrow so I expect things to be fine.”
UNC Opponent Preview: North Carolina A&T
After a disappointing loss in Charlotte last Thursday, the Tar Heels open their home slate on Saturday in Chapel Hill against North Carolina A&T. The Aggies had a completely different first game, walloping Shaw 61-7 at home last week. The Aggies should come into Kenan full of confidence after their week one blowout win.
A Starting Point for UNC Defense
North Carolina’s defense established a performance baseline in last Thursday’s loss to South Carolina that must now be eclipsed in each practice and each game that follows, according to defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. “I told them I’m excited about the direction it’s headed provided that we’re still ascending,” Chizik said. “We need to ascend every week.”
Video: Gene Chizik, Donnie Miles Wednesday Post-Practice Interviews
Gene Chizik and safety Donnie Miles discuss the state of the Tar Heel defense, improving the pass rush, and preparing for NC A&T on September 9th, 2015.
Aggies’ speed to be tested by Tar Heels
Just how far has A&T’s football program come in the four-plus years since Rod Broadway was hired to resurrect it? The game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Saturday is an opportunity to find out. But is the opportunity coming a year too late? The Aggies were 1-10 the year before Broadway arrived. They were 9-3 and shared the MEAC title last year.