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Vic Koenning returns to Troy for second stint as defensive coordinator

Troy University announced the hiring of another football coach Wednesday, and the name might sound familiar to Trojan fans. Vic Koenning, former defensive coordinator at Troy from 2003-2004, and an integral part of the Trojans’ first ever bowl appearance, was once again named the team’s defensive coordinator. Most recently, Koenning served as the co-defensive coordinator for North Carolina.

Interview with Country Singer/Songwriter Chase Rice

It's been a big year for the hometown guy. Country singer and songwriter, Chase Rice, released a debut album and his single, “Ready Set Roll” made it to the top five on the charts. As successful as the singer has become, he still remembers his North Carolina roots. “I went to AC Reynolds High School and then I went to UNC Chapel Hill; loved my time there, played football there,” said Rice.

UNC Football Aims to Stay Focused Offensively

As the 6-6 UNC football team prepares for the Quick Lane Bowl against Rutgers, the offense looks to stay focused and establish some type of consistency, with hopes of finishing the season with a winning record for the third time under head coach Larry Fedora. Offensive coordinator Seth Littrell says inconsistency plagued the offense throughout the year.

UNC locked in on Rutgers

After some general practices, North Carolina has started specifically preparing for Rutgers. UNC and Rutgers will meet in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit (4:30 p.m., ESPN). The teams will square up at Ford Field, which is where the NFL's Detroit Lions play their home games. Elijah Hood has missed time battling an injury but said he'd be ready to run.

Video: Elijah Hood Interview

The freshman running back is back at 100% and ready "to take out some frustation" in UNC's upcoming bowl game.

Video: Wednesday UNC Football Players Post Practice Interviews

Landon Turner and Elijah Hood talk about getting healthy, preparing for Rutgers and the Quick Lane Bowl, and the final week of practice before the team leaves for Detroit.

James Hurst Among Ravens' Offensive Rookie Trio Helping To Change Team's Philosophy

When starting left tackle Eugene Monroe went down with a knee injury that required a clean-out procedure during the Ravens' Week Three win at Cleveland, it was up to Hurst to hold down the fort on Flacco's blind side for the next four games while Monroe recovered. Even with fifth-round rookie guard John Urschel lining up right next to him, the line didn't waver much, if at all.

UNC's Bowl Game Serving as Building Block

It’s been nearly three weeks since the N.C. State debacle at Kenan Stadium. The embarrassment is still fresh for the Tar Heels as the players approach the Quick Lane Bowl as a springboard for better days in 2015. On Monday, quarterback Marquise Williams vowed to never let that type of outing occur again during his time at UNC. “It took a lot of pride out of me. As a quarterback, you’ve got to bounce back strong."

Quick Lane Bowl Preview: Offense

Prepare for plenty of points on the day after Christmas. UNC’s defensive struggles this season have been well documented, but Quick Lane Bowl opponent Rutgers has also had some issues stopping opposing offenses. The Scarlet Knights rank 95th in the country in total defense, allowing a whopping 439.5 yards per game. Over the last half of the season, Rutgers allowed 40.2 points per game.

Tar Heels will be healthy for Quick Lane Bowl game

For the three key offensive players injured in the [NC State] game, their physical maladies have recovered enough for them to return to action. Coach Larry Fedora said that quarterback Marquise Williams, wide receiver Ryan Switzer and center Lucas Crowley are all healthy and will be available for the Tar Heels when they play Rutgers at the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26

By The Numbers: Quick Lane Bowl

1 - Number of touchdowns WR Quinshad Davis needs to set a UNC career mark for receiving touchdowns. He is currently tied with Hakeem Nicks at 21. 5 - UNC is one of just five schools in the country to play 11 bowl-eligible teams this season. 6 - Number of consecutive winning seasons for head coach Larry Fedora, including four years at Southern Miss and two at UNC.

Tar Heels In The NFL – Week 15

The Carolina Panthers signed linebacker Kevin Reddick from the practice squad to their official squad on Sunday and he saw playing time on special teams. Safety Tre Boston recorded 6 solo tackles in the game as well. Linebacker Bruce Carter recorded 6 tackles intercepted Mark Sanchez late in the fourth quarter to seal Dallas' crucial road victory.

Quick Lane Bowl Preview: Defense

Carolina’s defense might have a bit of a different look when they take the field on December 26. Larry Fedora termed it a mutual decision that Vic Koenning, who had been associate head coach for defense, will not coach in the bowl game as he pursues other coaching opportunities. That means that Dan Disch will take over play-calling duties and the remainder of the defensive staff will compile a game plan.

Eric Ebron turns heads with devastating block against Minnesota Vikings

Eric Ebron understands the outside perception is he can't block, cracking a joke about it when asked for an interview after the game. But he's made strides throughout his rookie season to erase that perception. Football analytics site Pro Football Focus confirms, grading out his blocking positively for the year, particularly as a run blocker.

Carolina Rundown: December 16

The Heels will see some familiar faces on the UNCG bench tonight. Carolina is No. 24 in the new AP poll. James Michael McAdoo is impressing the Warriors in the D League. Danny Green had 12 points. Marvin Williams had 10 points. Wayne Ellington scored seven.

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