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Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik comes to UNC after 2-year hiatus

For two years, Jonna Chizik, the wife of North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, cherished every second with her husband and children, knowing the day would eventually arrive. They escaped the college football lifestyle that previously defined their family dynamic. Football wasn’t a part of the equation for the first time in their relationship. But a return to the game was never ruled out.

UNC's Elijah Hood finds comfort zone

Most football players who have their season interrupted by injury recall the time away with frustration. But UNC running back Elijah Hood believes the knee sprain that limited his freshman year was helpful. "I think in the long run I might have benefited from it,'' said Hood, who arrived in Chapel Hill last fall as one of the most heralded players in UNC's freshman class.

UNC football: Season preview

The Tar Heels return 99.5 percent of their total offense from a unit that set eight school records, including most passing yards (3,614) and touchdowns (29). A good percentage of the damage was done by quarterback Marquise Williams, who led the team in both passing (3,068) and rushing (788). The coaching staff hopes Williams doesn’t have to shoulder so much of the load this time around.

2015 Football Preview: Pass Catchers

North Carolina returns its top four wideouts from last year (even though one of them, Bug Howard will probably play tight end this year). Carolina will also look for development from new contributors they found last year in Mack Hollins and Austin Proehl. Carolina also has five freshman wideouts who may find ways to contribute.

South Carolina Preview: Gamecocks Gearing Up for ‘15

The Gamecocks enter the season with relatively low expectations for a program that thrived during the previous five years. South Carolina was shut out of the AP Preseason Top 25 for the first time since 2010. and looks to recover from a dismal 7-6 season, including a 3-5 record in the SEC. The most notable difference between the 2014 and 2015 Gamecocks comes at quarterback.

Linebackers Schoettmer and Rashad Have UNC’s Defense Ready For Its Close-Up

In just one week’s time the UNC football team will be in Charlotte for their season opener against South Carolina. Under the lights at Bank of America Stadium and nationally televised on ESPN, the Tar Heel defense – led by senior linebackers Jeff Schoettmer and Shakeel Rashad – will have a prime opportunity to let the cameras capture their good side in the first game under new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik.

Video: UNC Football Position Breakdown - Defensive Line

Defensive line coach Tray Scott details which players he feels will make an early impact along the Tar Heel defensive front line.

UNC reveals uniform for season opener

The Tar Heels will go classic for their season opener against South Carolina on Sept. 3rd in Charlotte. The UNC Sports Equipment department revealed on periscope and later on twitter that North Carolina will wear white pants, blue jerseys, and a blue helmet. The uniform combination includes the addition of argyle to the pants, jersey, and helmet, a new touch for the 2015 season.

Versatility Defining UNC Running Back Corps

Depth and versatility in the offensive backfield has allowed for some creativity in the meeting room to utilize more of that talent during the 2015 season. Senior Romar Morris and junior T.J. Logan possess legitimate track speed from the running back position, while sophomore Elijah Hood and freshman Ty’Son Williams bring more of a power back approach.

Ranking the Toughest Games on UNC's Football Schedule in 2015

North Carolina plays seven games at Kenan Stadium and one game in Charlotte. Only four times does UNC play on someone else’s campus. On top of that, UNC did not draw Florida State, Clemson or Louisville in crossover games with the ACC Atlantic Division. From that perspective, it seems that Larry Fedora's team has a dream schedule. However, there are some pitfalls.

2015 Preseason Preview: ACC Predictions

Coastal Division No. 2. North Carolina: No offense in the ACC returns as many starters this season than the Tar Heels. A total of 10 starters are back for UNC, including a healthy Marquise Williams at quarterback. Looking at the schedule, I see real potential for a possible 7-0 start, but I also see the possibility of a rough finish to the season.

Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 2

Along with wide receiver Quinshad Davis, Tar Heel offensive guard Landon Turner has played the most meaningful downs of any UNC player on the 2015 roster. Turner is the leader of a group that returns four of five starters and will be tasked with establishing the run game and giving quarterback Marquise Williams time to get the ball to his play-makers.

Podcast: Larry Porter Discusses UNC's Running Backs

UNC running Back coach Larry Porter talks about the depth and versatility of the running backs, and Romar Morris adds his comments, including how he might be used. Will we see more of Morris at A-Back? How about in a two-back formation? How will UNC satisfy all the mouths they have to feed at running back?

What to do with third-string Ravens quarterback Bryn Renner

Young quarterback Bryn Renner is quietly having a strong preseason for the Baltimore Ravens. We've been talking about him for a couple of weeks, and every time you watch the kid play he impresses you more. He isn't going to dazzle you with great arm strength, but he seems to have a presence about him on the field. He is competitive and doesn't mind taking charge of the huddle.

UNC defensive end Dajaun Drennon aims high with low number

Sophomore defensive end Dajaun Drennon is easy to spot during a football game. And that’s not because he’s 6-foot-4-inches, 255 pounds and has shoulder-length dreadlocks. While most defensive linemen have jersey numbers in the 70s or 90s, Drennon has settled for No. 17 — a number most associated with skill players such as quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

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