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Video: Larry Fedora Thursday Post-Practice Comments
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora talks with the media following Thursday's pre-season practice, as the Tar Heels prepare to kickoff the season against Georgia in Atlanta on September 3.
History of UNC’s mascot Rameses
This is what happened. Head cheerleader Vic Huggins noticed a lack of school spirit for the Tar Heels. So instead of making the school’s mascot a giant foot with black muck on the heel, he suggested that the team make its mascot a ram. The idea was based on UNC’s star football player, Jack Merritt, who was nicknamed, the “Battering Ram.”
No more ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’
They called Bill Dooley, “the ol’ Trenchfighter”. He borrowed a coaching staple from someone who had to have been one of his sideline heroes – the late Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes. “Three yards and a cloud of dust”. That was Dooley’s style; slug it out with you at the line, in the trenches, real slobber-knocker football.
Carolina Athletics: 2015-16 Year In Review
Carolina finished seventh in the Learfield NACDA Cup standings, UNC’s seventh top-10 performance in the last eight years. It marked the 17th time Carolina was the highest finisher among ACC schools. UNC was one of only three schools, with Stanford and Oklahoma, to finish in the top 10 in both men’s and women’s standings in the Capital One Cup.
There’s no denying UGA’s Nick Chubb is ready to play ball
It’s almost laughable now when Nick Chubb says he’s not sure whether or not he’ll play in Georgia’s first game. He said it again Wednesday night after the Bulldogs’ practice, the team’s 16th of the preseason. It was Chubb’s 16th as well. No, Chubb hasn’t missed a practice or a rep for that matter.
From Down Under: Tar Heels might look up at punts
In his search for a punter, North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora found a friend. “He calls me ‘Mate,’ ” Fedora said. He’s referring to Tom Sheldon, who has joined the punting competition with the Tar Heels this summer. He’s an Australian with no experience doing what the team might request of him. “Tom hasn’t played American football,” Fedora said.
Familiar Ground for UNC Tight End Brandon Fritts
It’s been four years since Brandon Fritts and Mitch Trubisky paired up as one of the top high school quarterback-receiver options in Ohio. The location has since changed, as well as Fritts’s position, although the familiarity and chemistry remain. When Trubisky was winning Ohio’s Mr. Football honors in the fall of 2012, his favorite target was Fritts.
UNC football needs to win the turnover battle again in 2016
The tremendous offense. The much improved defense. More week-to-week consistency against weaker teams. All of these are reasons as to why North Carolina improved so much from 2014 to 2015, becoming one of the best and most promising football programs in the whole ACC. One other important aspect that needs to be replicated for another successful season?
Where is UNC football ranked in preseason polls?
North Carolina enters the 2016 season with high expectations following a 11-3, ACC Coastal Division-winning 2015 campaign. But with a stacked offense and a talented, young defense are the Tar Heels still being overlooked by the National media? Let's examine where the Tar Heels are slotted in many of the 2016 preseason college football polls:
Could WR Quinshad Davis win a Detroit Lions roster spot?
Undrafted rookie Quinshad Davis is 6-feet-3, 218 pounds and the biggest receiver on the Detroit Lions. He got some run with the second-team in last week's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he continues to make plays in practice. "He’s one of those guys that has the body type that you like," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.
M.J. Stewart Q&A (Part 2)
Part two of CarolinaBlue's conversation with North Carolina junior cornerback M.J. Stewart at the Tar Heels' media day. Stewart, who is one part of the ACC's most talented corner duo, discusses the attention UNC's secondary is getting, North Carolina's linebackers, and freshman standouts.
UNC's receivers are among the best in the country
When Larry Fedora brought the up-tempo spread offense to Chapel Hill, it was only a matter of time until the wide receiver position became one of focus. Coming off of a record-setting year, Fedora may have his most experienced and talented receiving group yet. Let’s take a look at some of the key members expected to make a jump in 2016.
The “Rude Boyz” Lead a Much-Improved UNC Defense Into 2016
The NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos—two of the last three Super Bowl Champions—won titles largely because of their fearsome pass defenses, known as the Legion of Boom and the No Fly Zone. Meanwhile in Chapel Hill, UNC hopes its talented secondary—the Rude Boyz—can help elevate the Tar Heels to the top of the ACC in 2016.
Coin toss for UGA-UNC set for Vince Dooley, sons of Bill Dooley
The coin toss before Georgia and North Carolina play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Sept. 3 was set to involve former Bulldog coach Vince Dooley and former Tar Heels coach Bill Dooley. Now, the 45th anniversary of the brothers’ coaching meeting in the Gator Bowl will be a time to remember Bill Dooley, who died Aug. 9 at his home in Wilmington, N.C. at the age of 82.
Ranking the ACC Running Back Tandems for 2016
3. North Carolina – Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan: Hood was one of the ACC’s breakout stars last season, recording 1,463 yards and 17 scores. The junior should increase his workload this year behind one of the ACC’s top offensive lines and is an Athlon Sports third-team All-American. The Tar Heels are in great shape with T.J. Logan handling the No. 2 role.