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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.
Chansky’s Notebook: Carolina’s Schedule In Three Segments
Perhaps the easiest way to determine if the Tar Heels can get to at least 9 wins this fall, which considering a far tougher schedule than a year ago would be as good as 11-1, is to divide the season into 3, 4 and 5-game segments from start to finish. The first three are non-conference games against Georgia, Illinois and James Madison.
Bryn Renner feeling more prepared
Quarterback Bryn Renner was thrown right into the fire last week against the Saints after being signed by the Steelers six days prior, but this week he is feeling much more comfortable with some time to learn the system and work with the receivers. Renner was one of the last players off the field following Tuesday’s practice, getting extra reps with the young receivers.
Georgia preparing for UNC’s ‘fast-ball’ attack
The play ends and Georgia’s defense huddles quickly. They break and run to the new line of scrimmage as quick as they can. The coaches have a timer in hand to record how long it takes for the defense to line back up. It’s all designed to ensure Georgia can quickly recover and defend a potent offense that’s known to score points in bunch.
Mikey Bart, Donnie Miles to fuel UNC defense in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
Both North Gwinnett’s Donnie Miles and Buford’s Mikey Bart, part of 14 Georgians on the Tar Heels’ roster, are returning starters and proven players. Collins Hill’s Tomon Fox is a true freshman defensive end for UNC, which also has reserve safety Jaye Stackhouse and second-team offensive guard Nick Polino of Buford on the roster.
Video: Q&A with Larry and Christi Fedora at the 2016 UNC Ladies Clinic
Caleb Pressley introduces Coach Larry Fedora and his wife Christi at the 2016 Ladies Clinic in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
ICTV: Larry Fedora, Tar Heels Antsy for Kickoff
The long-awaited game day is almost here, and it turns out the players are not the only ones who get nervous stepping out into the Saturday spotlight. Head coach Larry Fedora says he still gets those stomach butterflies, too. Don't let the southern accent and scruffy beard fool you, Fedora says he's quite the worrier.
Larry Fedora Wednesday Post-Practice Quotes
UNC head football coach Larry Fedora on players being antsy for game: "I mean that's been this whole week. They're tired of hitting each other, they're tired of practicing against each other and it's time to find out what they're all about. I think they're prepared both physically and mentally and they feel that way and they just want to play."
The truth behind Georgia's No. 1 ranked pass defense
The North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Atlanta to take on defensive powerhouse Georgia in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game this weekend. Georgia gave up the fewest passing yards per game in the NCAA last season, and while that stat is impressive, a deeper look shows Georgia's pass defense was simply good, not great.
UNC Defensive End Mikey Bart's Homecoming
In some ways, the matchup between No. 18 North Carolina and No. 22 Georgia in the Georgia Dome on Saturday will be a home game for starting senior defensive end Mikey Bart. Bart attended Buford (Ga.) High School, which is located about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta. Even though it’s a homecoming of sorts, Bart may not be on the receiving end of too many cheers.
Darian Durant isn't ready to discuss his future
Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant is focused on the future — but only up until Sunday. Durant, 34, is in the final year of his contract with the Roughriders and there have been questions lately about his future with the club beyond this season. On Wednesday, Durant wasn’t interested in discussing the issue. Right now, we’re just getting ready for Winnipeg.”
Coach Kap on Tommy Hatton, offensive line
On Monday, CarolinaBlue reported that Tommy Hatton would start against Georgia. After Wednesday's practice, UNC offensive coordinator and line coach Chris Kapilovic confirmed that report when he told a group of reporters that the redshirt freshman would be the guy. Kap elaborated on that position and what will happen on Saturday evening.