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10 Toughest Players to Replace in the ACC in 2017

UNC's Mitch Trubisky may be the first quarterback taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Mentor, Ohio, product showed in limited action in 2015 that he would be ready to replace outgoing quarterback Marquise Williams. And Trubisky certainly made the most of his starting opportunity. The next line of Tar Heel quarterbacks are much bigger question marks. (Athlon Sports)

Tom Sheldon's big punt that might just pay off – big time

Tom Sheldon was a key defender at Kyabram Bombers and then walked away from what would be the club’s perfect season to take a punt on a career as an NFL punter with a scholarship to a college in the U.S. He’s off to a flyer, being named as an all American in his first year. But as he explained, there is a long way to go. (Riverine Herald)

NFL early entries will have major effect on ACC in 2017

North Carolina: Larry Fedora is going to have to reshape an offense that is losing major pieces at every position, whether to graduation or to an early NFL bid. The biggest loss is quarterback Mitch Trubisky, whose one season as a starter was strong enough to audition for the NFL. Running back Elijah Hood originally said he would return, but he changed his mind two weeks later. (ESPN.com)

Who Panthers fans should watch in 2017 Senior Bowl

Ryan Switzer’s fiery personality will be entertainment by itself during Senior Bowl week, but what he can offer an NFL team is a stylized shifty speed, variety in short-route ability and skill in the return game. The Panthers need a little bit of a spark plug in their offense –especially in quick-route options – so eyes could fall on Switzer, a UNC product, as a late pickup. (Charlotte Observer)

Buffalo Bills linebacker Zach Brown earns 2017 Pro Bowl nod

Buffalo Bills linebacker Zach Brown is headed to the 2017 Pro Bowl, the first in his six-year NFL career. Brown was excited, tweeting out a response this afternoon. Not voted in initially, Brown will presumably replace Dont’a Hightower of the New England Patriots, whose squad advanced to the Super Bowl yesterday with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Buffalo Rumblings)

Was Sunday Julius Peppers’ last game?

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers dressed quietly and slowly in the visitors locker room at the Georgia Dome. Peppers, who at 37 has some grey hairs poking through his beard, said he believes he still has at least another season left in him but isn’t sure whether he’ll keep playing. “I’ll let you know when I find out,” Peppers said. (Charlotte Observer)

Mitch Trubisky still top QB draft prospect according to ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr.

ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. is sticking with his pick of Mitch Trubisky being his top quarterback. Kiper Jr. mocked the former Tar Heels standout as his top quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft and has him going top 5. As for the team? Well, Kiper Jr. thinks that Trubisky will be the second overall player taken and will begin his career with the San Francisco 49ers. (Keeping It Heel)

Looking Ahead for UNC: Running Back

It’s difficult to imagine a major college football program having as little experience returning at a position such as running back like what North Carolina is facing. Lost with Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan and Khris Francis moving on are 929 rushing attempts for 5,093 yards, and 49 touchdowns, plus receiving out of the backfield 136 receptions for 1,030 yards and 5 scores. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Jeff Saturday to coach high school football team in native Georgia

Hebron Christian Academy (Dacula, GA) has a new head football coach with at least one notable similarity to its previous one — he is a former NFL offensive lineman. The Dacula private school announced Friday that six-time NFL Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl XLI champion Jeff Saturday has been hired for the head coaching vacancy left by Kevin Shaffer’s resignation. (Gwinnett Prep Sports)

Why the Packers are driven to win a Super Bowl for Julius Peppers

Win one for Julius. That was the battle cry the Green Bay Packers had when they entered the NFC Championship Game during the 2014 season. Julius Peppers has been one of the best defensive players of his generation. He is certainly ticketed for the Hall of Fame when he decides to hang up his cleats for the final time. (FanRag Sports)

Julius Peppers not thinking about retirement, focused on Falcons

Julius Peppers turned 37 years old on Wednesday, so he knows the end of the NFL tunnel is near. However, Peppers wants to win a Super Bowl before he calls it quits. On Wednesday, media asked Peppers about his NFL future during his press conference and that is something that is very far from his mind. (247 Sports)

Win one for Julius: Peppers doesn't want Super Bowl run to be about him

It's hard to forget the look of devastation on Julius Peppers' face exactly two years ago, when he stood in the visitors locker room at Seattle's CenturyLink Field and tried to put into words what just happened to the Green Bay Packers. They had just blown a 12-point lead with four minutes to play and lost the NFC Championship Game in overtime to the Seahawks. (ESPN.com)

The 5 college teams hurt most by early departures

The Tar Heels lose three underclassmen, and each of them important to the team. Defensive tackle Nazair Jones was the team’s most disruptive run defender. Running back Elijah Hood averaged 3.8 yards after contact, and forced one missed tackle for every 3.21 touches, an impressive rate. The biggest loss is unquestionably quarterback Mitch Trubisky. (Pro Football Focus)

Darian Durant signs with Montreal Alouettes

The Montreal Alouettes announced a contract agreement with Darian Durant on Thursday, less than a week after acquiring the rights to the marquee quarterback from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Alouettes signed Durant to a three-year contract. (Regina Leader-Post)

North Carolina Tar Heels must fill huge quarterback hole for 2017

Even without a quarterback issue, North Carolina Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora had some holes to fill entering 2017. The Tar Heels already entered the offseason needing to overhaul their offense in an effort to replace departed players who accounted for 4,567 of 5,707 produced in 2016 – and 41 of 50 touchdowns scored. (Gridiron Now)

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(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
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Georgia Tech4-49-4
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(8) Florida State5-310-3
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Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6


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