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Is 'True Life: Gio' the next Lifetime movie?
More people should know Giovani Bernard's story. Paul Daugherty even suggested they make a Lifetime movie out of it, which Bernard got a kick out of on Tuesday night's Beyond the Stripes. "True Life: Gio," Bernard joked. "I'll get a nice little check for it." And he smiled and nodded almost the whole time Doc rattled off the story. Even the SparkNotes version is compelling:
Q&A With Matt Merletti: Why Are Low Blocks Still Legal in Football?
Last Saturday, UNC was once again tasked with trying to tackle Georgia Tech’s triple option offense and cut blocking scheme. While the Tar Heels secured a rare win in Atlanta, starting UNC defensive tackle Nazair Jones suffered a leg injury in the process. John Tobben reached out to former Tar Heel safety Matt Merletti to discuss cut blocking and wonder if it should be banned.
Marquise Williams: "We know that we can be the best in the country"
With North Carolina in their bye week, it's time for the UNC football team to reflect on their past five games, look ahead to what looms, but more importantly improve. Seven tough games await the 4-1 Heels, all against ACC foes. After beating Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech on Saturday, the feeling surrounding the team is very positive. The players know they need to keep improving.
No Rest in a Bye Week
You may think a bye week in football means the players get a well-needed rest. Maybe practices are more relaxed and the players come out lighter with no game to prepare for. Running back Elijah Hood says not so fast, "I don't know if it's more relaxed, we still come out here with the same effort, same mentality we always have. That's just the way we have to live and play the game."
UNC's Ground Game Rolling Along
North Carolina’s ground game has rediscovered its traction through five games. Last fall, UNC ranked 81st nationally in rushing offense (151.4 ypg) and 89th in rushing yards per play (3.97) due largely to inexperience along the offensive line and at running back. Thus far in 2015, the Tar Heels rank 22nd nationally in rushing offense (219.8 ypg) and eighth in rushing yards per play (6.11).
Football Team Kicks Off UNC's "Save The Fox" Campaign
Members of the North Carolina football team kicked off the UNC Athletic Department’s bone marrow blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 6, as part of the “Save The Fox” campaign to help Superior Court Judge Carl Fox (UNC ’75, '78). Judge Fox was diagnosed in April with myelodysplastic syndrome, a cancer in which the bone marrow fails to make enough healthy blood cells.
Saturday’s results create new ‘reality’ for UNC, NC State
When the dreary wet day began, N.C. State was generally considered the up-and-coming team, with a realistic shot at stealing the Atlantic Division away from perennial frontrunners Clemson and Florida State. North Carolina, by contrast, was a program teetering on the brink. By the time the sun went down, the script had completely flipped and the roles essentially reversed.
UNC football cuts down on penalties
UNC did a lot of good things on offense in 2014. But playing mistake-free football was not one of them. This offseason, correcting those mistakes was a point of emphasis for coach Larry Fedora and his staff. Through five games in 2015, the team is seeing good results. UNC averages five penalties for only 38.6 yards a game, tying it with Vanderbilt for 14th in the nation.
Fedora Live: Marquise Williams's Maturation
One theme remained consistent in head coach Larry Fedora’s remarks about Marquise Williams during his radio show on Tuesday: maturity. Fedora discussed Williams’s bounce back game at Georgia Tech in length at Top of the Hill restaurant, detailing how quarterback’s age and experience helped him recover from a benching against Delaware.
Da'Norris Searcy Living Out His Dream in NFL
Ever since he could first write his name, Da'Norris Searcy had a Plan A. He never had a Plan B. “Career day would come along and they’d ask me what I wanted to be and I’d tell them I wanted to play in the NFL. They would always say, 'What’s your Plan B?' And I’d always tell them, ‘Plan A and Plan B are the same,'" Searcy recalled.
Video: Inside Look at UNC Football Sports Nutrition
Look behind the scenes at the team that fuels the Tar Heels and helps each individual player maximize their potential through proper diet and specialized nutritional guidance.
Behind UNC's Trick Play TD
Quinshad Davis was not expecting his fourth career touchdown pass following Georgia Tech’s lost fumble near midfield on Saturday. He had played the previous possession, and Bug Howard was due to rotate in at split end. UNC offensive coordinator Seth Littrell, sensing an opportunity for his offense to complete a 21-point rally, called the play with 11:35 remaining.
Marquise Williams: 'Fans want to see you win games'
On the day he turned twenty-three (“the MJ year” they call it in Chapel Hill) and was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for leading a record-breaking comeback win over Georgia Tech, UNC quarterback Marquise Williams joined The David Glenn Show by phone to talk about his performance. Marquise spoke candidly on a number of topics.
Buccaneers Sign Kicker Connor Barth
On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed kicker Connor Barth. The move comes after the team released rookie Kyle Brindza, who had been the team’ starter through their first four games. Barth, a seven-year veteran, spent most of his NFL career with the Buccaneers. He was the team’s kicker from 2009 to 2012 after playing with the Chiefs his rookie season.
Chase Rice Takes the Next Step in His Career with Just-Launched JD and Jesus Tour
Chase Rice kicked off his JD and Jesus Tour Thursday night in Virginia. Fresh off his gig opening for Kenny Chesney this summer, Chase expects to see a lot of new fans this time around. He says, "This is the next step for us. I mean, a lot of people have seen our shows now."