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Positions of need: North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina area of need: Quarterback - Mitch Trubisky was terrific in 2016, but he may have been a little too good. His work earned him raves from scouts, and that has him headed to the NFL a year earlier than UNC might’ve expected. There’s not much behind him on the depth chart either, which makes UNC a likely landing spot for a transfer quarterback. (ESPN.com)

'36-year-old Julius Peppers' still going strong as Packers head to Dallas

His full name is Julius Frazier Peppers, but the way people talk about the 15-year NFL veteran, you'd think it's actually "36-year-old Julius Peppers." That it's necessary to say Peppers' age whenever he's referenced speaks to the surprise that most have when they discuss his performance this season, especially of late. (ESPN.com)

ESPN's Way-Too-Early 2017 ACC Football Power Rankings

11. North Carolina Tar Heels: Maybe we’re too pessimistic and coach Larry Fedora will find pieces to plug in on offense, but the loss of so many critical players at the skill positions certainly looks troubling, while the defense continues to be a concern. Chalk up North Carolina as the team that has a high ceiling and low floor. (ESPN.com)

Tom Sheldon Named FWAA Freshman All-America

North Carolina punter Tom Sheldon has been selected to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. A native of Echuca, Victoria, Australia, Sheldon punted 50 times for an average of 42.7 yards and had a long of 63. Sheldon played a major role in helping the Tar Heels finish first in the country in punt return defense. (GoHeels.com)

Julius Peppers continues to amaze in 15th NFL season

Yet, Peppers continues to produce in his third season in the Packers’ defense. This season, the nine-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher’s 8½ sacks (including playoffs) trail only Nick Perry (11) for the team lead. That production helped propel Peppers into sole possession of fifth-place all-time in career sacks earlier this season with 25 of his 143½ regular-season sacks coming with the Packers. (Green Bay Packers)

Cowboys' call led to 'big-eye' moment for Jonathan Cooper

When offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper was released by the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 27, he figured his season was over. But then he got word the Dallas Cowboys were interested in signing him. "That was one of those big-eye moments," Cooper said. "I was like, 'Wow, they're on track to do something special, and they want to include me in it.' So that was pretty exciting." (ESPN.com)

How Mitch Trubisky went from a first-year starter to certain 2017 NFL Draft first-rounder

It took Mitch Trubisky until his fourth year at North Carolina to earn the starting job. It took him one year of playing college football to make himself a possible top-10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. That's who he is and how he got to this point. The Mentor grad declared for the draft on Monday and is projected by many analysts to be the first quarterback taken. (Cleveland.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast: NCSU Blowout Win, Trubisky Departure

Recap UNC's blowout win over NC State and preview this week's games against Wake Forest and Florida State with the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas also discuss Mitch Trubisky's departure for the NFL. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

Get to know Mitch Trubisky: 2017 NFL Draft profile

North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced that he is foregoing his senior season and entering the NFL Draft on Monday. Trubisky joins the group of quarterbacks the Browns will consider with either the No. 1 overall pick or the No. 12 pick in the upcoming draft. That group includes Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Notre Dame's Deshone Kizer. (Cleveland.com)

Mitch Trubisky had a huge year at UNC, but should he be a top NFL draft pick?

To the surprise of just about no one, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced Monday that he would forgo his final season of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Trubisky had garnered a lot of buzz after throwing 30 touchdown passes and just six interceptions this season for the Tar Heels. (Washington Post)

Extra Points: Game-Winning Choices

Now, there’s nothing scientific about this and there are no official measurements from Nike about the differing performances of the footballs. It’s all merely preference, and since we know how the mind works in athletics, if a kicker thinks a ball might go a little farther, it probably will. Nick Weiler hit those field goals as well as one from 50 yards against Georgia Tech. (GoHeels.com)

2017 UNC football opponent Cal fires head coach Sonny Dykes

Sonny Dykes, who has overseen the Golden Bear football program for the past four seasons, has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at the University of California, Director of Athletics Mike Williams announced Sunday. Over his four seasons as head coach, Dykes led the Bears to a 19-30 record. This past fall, the Bears posted a 5-7 record. (Cal Bears)

Trubisky's simple decision signals overhaul for Tar Heels offense

Mitch Trubisky could have returned for one more lap with the Tar Heels, but he’s already graduated. He’s definitely not getting any younger and probably not much stronger. The contact terms almost certainly would not increase much – if any – had he returned to an offense that now is also minus Ryan Switzer, Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan, Mack Hollins and Bug Howard. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC's Mitch Trubisky Discusses NFL Decision

I want to start off by thanking everyone, my teammates, my coaches, everyone at UNC for the opportunity to come here and do what I did and be able to play at the University of North Carolina. I wouldn’t change one thing. That being said, I had to make the toughest decision of my life to go ahead and move forward and declare for the NFL Draft. (Inside Carolina)

Mitch Trubisky Departure Ushers In 2017 Rebuild for UNC Offense

Mitch Trubisky’s decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft leaves Larry Fedora with a massive rebuilding effort on offense entering the offseason. Trubisky is expected to be a top-10 pick in April’s NFL Draft, which will net him a four-year contract between $15-$30 million. While his decision is hard to argue, it leaves the 2017 Tar Heel offense short on experience. (Inside Carolina)

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(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
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(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6


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