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UNC's Top 30 Football Players Ever: No. 22 Brian Blados
Blados came on very strong in his career and had a great senior season helping the Tar Heels’ offense produce a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in 1983. Blados routinely moved the pile, opened holes for counters and dive plays, and simply owned the turf he played on, especially as a senior.
Darian Durant has something to prove in 2016 CFL season
Darian Durant and Drew Willy are in the habit of crossing paths, both literally and figuratively. As for the former, they did so first in 2012 when Durant was the starting quarterback in Saskatchewan and Willy was his young understudy. They are doing so figuratively now as both enter the 2016 season trying to rebound from serious injuries that kept them off the field last year.
Ranking the ACC's Quarterbacks for 2016
4. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina: The Tar Heels offense won’t miss a beat behind Trubisky. The junior played well in limited action, completing 40 of 47 passes for 555 yards and six touchdowns last season. Trubisky may not be as elusive as Marquise Williams in the running game, but he rushed for 101 yards and three scores on 16 attempts last year.
UNC's Top 30 Football Players Ever: No. 23 Ethan Horton
The Co-MVP of the 1981 Gator Bowl when he rushed for 144 yards and 2 TDs (bowl stats didn’t count toward career stats back then) as a freshman. Ran for 119 yards and a score in a Sun Bowl win over Texas the following season. Horton was reliable, strong, sure-handed and could spring big runs or power in tight situations.
Opening line for Georgia opener against UNC
The University of Georgia is listed as an early favorite in its season opener against North Carolina. 5dimes Sportsbook has the Bulldogs opening as a 4.5-point favorite against the Tar Heels. The game, scheduled for Sept. 3, will take place at a neutral site although Georgia will be well represented at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, less than a 90-minute drive from the UGa campus.
Declining Jonathan Cooper's option doesn't mean it's only a 1-year stay in New England
The New England Patriots have predictably declined the 2017 fifth-year option for guard Jonathan Cooper, who they acquired in a trade from the Arizona Cardinals for Chandler Jones, but that doesn't mean it's definitively a one-year-and-done situation for him with the team.
Shakeel Rashad off to positive start at Texans training camp
Former UNC linebacker Shakeel Rashad is one to watch on the defensive side of the ball. He’s familiar with this defense and felt comfortable with the first day. Full disclosure, he played at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, where yours truly once coached many eons ago. But, he looks good on the hoof and didn’t fare horribly in 1-on-1s versus whippet quick Tyler Ervin.
UNC's Nazair Jones starts youth mentoring program
UNC defensive tackle Nazair Jones knows the impact a strong mentor can have on a young person's life. With that in mind and looking to make a difference in his community, Jones started M.A.D.E Man Mentoring, an outreach program that helps guide young men towards their dreams. "I started this program in memory in my mentor, Mac Booker Sr.," Jones said.
ACC post-spring position rankings: Secondary
5. North Carolina: The Tar Heels had the No. 3 pass defense in the ACC last season under first-year assistant Charlton Warren, another sign of the defensive overhaul coordinator Gene Chizik conducted. With almost all the familiar faces back -- including corners Des Lawrence and M.J. Stewart -- UNC could find itself climbing up this chart throughout the season.
Lawrence Taylor helps Brooklyn Bar Association raise $45,000 for scholarships
The Brooklyn Bar Association's fourth annual Hon. Theodore T. Jones Jr. Memorial Golf Outing, held at the Colonia Country Club in New Jersey on Monday, got a little help from football legend Lawrence Taylor and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani as it raised $45,000 total and $23,500 for law school scholarships.
The John Bunting story: 10 more things
Bunting was “not very happy” for a while after his tenure at UNC ended and it took him a while to heal. He said Joe Miller, the beloved longtime football coach at New Hanover High who died in 2014, was instrumental in helping him heal. Bunting said Miller “was absolutely in my corner." "And he watched out for me,” Bunting said. “He really helped me get through the first couple of years. Because I wasn't doing very good.”
Video: Larry Fedora slides into Wilmington for a Rams Club visit
UNC football coach Larry Fedora spoke to the Wilmington Rams Club meeting on Wednesday at Cape Fear Community College. “We are selling the program,” Fedora told WWAY. "I’ll be talking about what we did last year and what’s going to happen in the future. We are excited about next year. We’re 122 days away from that opening game and looking forward to it.”
Larry Fedora, B.J. Surhoff Earn $20k For Charity
North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora and UNC baseball great B.J. Surhoff teamed to post a three-under-par total to earn $20,000 for charity at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge. Team winnings will be split evenly between endowed scholarships at the universities and foundations or charities of the coach’s choice.
ACC football post-spring position rankings: Front seven
9. North Carolina. There is no question last season ended with a disastrous performance against Baylor, and most of the blame went to the front seven. Three starters return on the line, including tackle Nazair Jones. But the bigger question is at linebacker, where two of its best players -- Jeff Schoettmer and Shakeel Rashad -- are gone.
North Carolina football faces different set of expectations this offseason
North Carolina is no longer being asked about failing to live up to expectations. Rather, North Carolina is being asked what it will take to exceed the high expectations that already have the Tar Heels pinned as a favorite to repeat in the Coastal. “I think the thing that you can see in all of their eyes is that they've tasted it,” coach Larry Fedora said.