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North Carolina football in good hands with 'The Freaks' wide receivers
It was well documented in the 1980s by lyrical scientists otherwise known as the rap group Whodini that the freaks come out at night. North Carolina coach Larry Fedora will unleash The Freaks -- that's what the Tar Heels wide receivers call themselves -- for the first time this year during the Sept. 3 season opener against South Carolina. He very well might send five of them to the field at the same time.
Joe Jackson Finding His Place
Then there's UNC linebacker Joe Jackson. Like the two aforementioned stars of the same name, the Tar Heels' "JJ" has had an unconventional ride of sorts. Things haven't gone exactly according to plan for him in Chapel Hill. Perhaps that's where the singer/songwriter's 1984 hit "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)" comes in to play.
Bug Howard, Ryan Switzer Tuesday post-practice quotes
As soon as you catch the ball on a punt return, what do you envision as you're taking it back for a touchdown? Ryan Switzer: "It's a quick transition because if you don't look the ball all the way into the tuck, that's when muffs and turnovers happen. So it's a quick transition to looking downfield. As soon as your eyes get down field, you just see color."
UNC, OL Jared Cohen Staying in Contact
North Carolina hopes to have sophomore offensive guard Jared Cohen back on the team by January, if not sooner, according to offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic. UNC announced on Aug. 3 that Cohen was taking an indefinite personal leave of absence. “I’m in contact with him and his family and they’re great people,” Kapilovic said after practice on Tuesday.
I'm A Tar Heel: Jeff Schoettmer
Tar Heels, Can you believe the start of the 2015 football season is just a week away? Our team would like to thank you for all the support you have shown us over the years. You guys truly make it special to play for the University of North Carolina. We firmly believe that we have all the pieces in place to make this a SPECIAL year!...-- Jeff Schoettmer
Turner's Take: The Fun Part
“This is the fun part,” Landon Turner said after Tuesday’s practice. The senior right guard was referring to the flip of the switch as the calendar turned from training camp to game prep after Monday’s off day. Carolina’s meeting with South Carolina is just eight days away now, and the Tar Heels began to install the game plan for the Belk College Kickoff.
Coach Kap on the O-line: "We just got to keep pushing"
Always a straight shooter, North Carolina offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic spoke with CarolinaBlue about the health of the offensive line, the likelihood of some freshman playing, and the Tar Heel running game. "The first couple of weeks was probably the most interesting couple of weeks I've had as a coach."
Some Interesting Over/Unders for UNC Football
Via WTVD's Mark Armstrong on Twitter who proposes three interesting over/unders for UNC football this season. "Elijah Hood -- 1049.5 yds rushing Marquise W -- 31.5 Total TDs UNC Defense -- 31.5 PPG". My gut feeling on these is under, over and OVER. Can Hood rush for that many yards? Sure. Will he in the context of Larry Fedora's offense with Marquise Williams? Probably not.
Denver Broncos release kicker Connor Barth
The Denver Broncos released Connor Barth on Wednesday morning, leaving Brandon McManus as the only placekicker on the roster. Barth supplanted McManus on field goals and extra points after 10 games last year following a midseason skid for the then first-year kicker. Barth hit 15 of his 16 field-goal attempts down the stretch, but struggled on kickoffs.
The State Of UNC's Defense
If the three position groupings of North Carolina's rebuilt defense were to race from one end zone at Navy Field to the other, what would the pecking order be in terms of being most ready to play a game today? One certainty is the three parts to the unit aren't at all synchronized yet, so the defense isn't ready for a game.
ACC preseason quarterback rankings
4. North Carolina Tar Heels: Marquise Williams accounted for more than 3,800 yards and 35 touchdowns last season despite playing much of the season with a nagging hip injury. Now he’s fully healthy and has nine returning starters surrounding him on offense. Add in Mitch Trubisky behind him, and there’s a strong case UNC has one of the best 1-2 punches in the country.
Ranking All 87 Games of the First Weekend of the 2015 College Football Season
9. North Carolina vs. South Carolina: Both teams need an early win in the worst way. South Carolina never recovered from last year’s 52-28 loss to Texas A&M in the opener. UNC has gone 6-7 in August and September under Larry Fedora and 15-10 otherwise. New Tar Heels defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has a simple assignment: Keep the ball away from Pharoh Cooper.
Video: UNC Football Position Breakdowns 2015 - Tight Ends
Coach Seth Littrell fills us in on his group of tight ends - Kendrick Singleton, Brandon Fritts, Caleb Samuel, Carl Tucker, and Jake Bargas - which includes a few converted wide receivers.
2015 Position Breakdown - Running Backs
Last year was supposed to be a breakthrough year for the Tar Heel running backs. But with a young offensive line that struggle with injuries the production was not nearly where it needed to be. For 2015, North Carolina returns a stable of healthy and talented backs. It should be very exciting to see what the group can do with a more experienced offensive line and a veteran offense group.
Could Bryn Renner be the Ravens' backup quarterback?
I seriously doubt the Ravens keep three quarterbacks on the roster. That means that either Matt Schaub or Bryn Renner will take a seat behind ironman quarterback Joe Flacco. Almost everyone has expected that Schaub would be the guy to hold the clipboard, but Renner is making that decision a little harder. You know Renner for his great two-minute drill against the Saints where he ran the ball in for a score with seconds left on the clock to beat the new Orleans Saints at home.