Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football.
Family, age propelled Darian Durant to retire
With a new baby in the family and his wife's busy schedule, quarterback Darian Durant said it made sense to call it a day after 12 years in the CFL. But it's not just his family, Durant told CBC Radio — his body just isn't responding the way it used to, the 35-year-old said. "I just decided to spend a lot more time with my family and move on to the next chapter of life." (CBC.ca
UNC in the NFL: Bug Howard among former players signing new deals
NFL rookie minicamps concluded over the weekend and now the league shifts to OTAs and voluntary mincamps through May and into June. With rookie minicamps concluding, some former UNC players have new homes in the NFL. Charlotte native Elijah Hood caught on with the Carolina Panthers a week ago and now he will be joined by former UNC teammate Bug Howard. (Keeping It Heel
Carolina Panthers Sign Bug Howard
The Carolina Panthers have signed Bug Howard. The former Tar Heel wide receiver was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 draft but was released prior to the start of season. He then spent time on the Browns’ practice squad. “It's a great feeling to come out here and feel at home and be comfortable,” Howard said following minicamp practice. (Carolina Panthers
Elijah Hood thrilled to be home with Panthers
Former North Carolina running back Elijah Hood could barely even get his phone to work earlier this week. That’s because the Panthers, his hometown team after being raised in the area and attending Charlotte Catholic High School, had claimed him off waivers and added him to their roster, causing many of Hood’s friends, family and peers to reach out. (247 Sports
Father-son, coach-player bond strong between Ricky and Austin Proehl
One of the greatest moments of Ricky Proehl’s life is captured in an incredible photograph. Proehl's 3-year-old son, Austin, is perched atop his shoulders as he celebrates a Super Bowl victory with the St. Louis Rams on Jan. 30, 2000. Ricky said that image has been on his mind a lot lately. When your son gets to follow in your footsteps, it’s hard not to reflect. (Buffalo News
Former teammates, coach look back at Darian Durant’s career
A leader. A student. A friend. A Champion. That’s how Darian Durant’s former teammates and coach are remembering the quarterback after he announced his retirement Friday. The 12 year CFL veteran signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in January but said he would be ending his career. Durant is looking at starting a foundation to give back to the community. (News Talk 980 CJME
The top areas Mitch Trubisky must improve on in 2018
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky could not be in a better situation than he is in right now. The Bears moved on from John Fox and his archaic way of thinking when it came to offense and hired Matt Nagy to oversee the team and to call plays on Sunday. Nagy then went on to add former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich as his offensive coordinator. (247 Sports
Elijah Hood returns to the neighborhood
For Elijah Hood, all is good in the world thanks to another dose of Carolina blue in his life. "I was just in California earlier this week, and now I'm in this Carolina blue, playing for the Panthers," Hood said, looking down and tugging at his Panthers jersey after the first practice of rookie minicamp almost as if to confirm that it was still there. "I couldn't be happier." (Carolina Panthers
Austin Proehl Stands Out At Buffalo Bills' Mini-Camp
Seventh-round pick Austin Proehl demonstrated a knack for gaining separation. A task that is anything but easy when you don’t have the benefit of a broad frame to wall off defenders from the ball. Proehl, though just 5-9 and 182 pounds, is a refined route runner and made effective use of his quickness and change of direction skills to make plays on the ball. (Buffalo Bills
Panthers RB Elijah Hood is wide awake, and he knows what to do next: Truck someone
When the phone call came that would inform running back Elijah Hood he was headed back across the country to his hometown Carolina Panthers, the former UNC star missed it. He was napping. Catching up on some sleep following the Oakland Raiders’ rookie minicamp, Hood woke up Tuesday afternoon to “a thousand messages and missed calls” on his cell. (Charlotte Observer
Darian Durant's career is one to celebrate
Darian Durant has disappointed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers … and it isn’t even Labour Day weekend. Barely a week before CFL training camps begin, Durant has dropped a bombshell — a Blue Bombshell, if you will — by abruptly, unexpectedly announcing his retirement from football. Just like that, he is a Saskatchewan Roughrider again. (Regina Leader-Post
Video: UNC WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams - Mr. Do-It-All
North Carolina wide receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams is an all-purpose threat capable of scoring anytime he touches the football. His 10 total touchdowns in 2017 consisted of 6 receiving, 2 passing and 2 on kickoff returns. Ratliff-Williams paced the ACC in yards-per-touch, kickoff return yardage and tied for first in kickoff return touchdowns.
Local Lore: The Pit
The unofficial center of UNC and beloved fixture of campus life, where The Pit now sits was once home to the primary athletic field on campus. Emerson field, completed in 1916, was the original home to football, baseball and track events on campus. Carolina’s football program quickly outgrew the field and moved to Kenan Stadium upon its completion in 1927. (Chapelboro.com
Elijah Hood is a longshot with Panthers, but for those of us who knew him when...
Attend a high school football practice, and one player always will stand out. You know he’s going to star in college, and you can envision him in the NFL. At Charlotte Catholic, that player was Elijah Hood. Hood, who is 5-11 and 230 pounds, ran like a linebacker. That’s a compliment. The Oakland Raiders waived Hood Tuesday, and the Carolina Panthers claimed him. (Charlotte Observer
Darian Durant: "I Have Decided to Retire from Football"
Darian Durant: "To CFL, my former teammates, coaches, and all the guys I’ve battled against over the past 12 years, I want to say thank you for helping me develop into the man I am today. So many life lessons have been learned throughout this football journey. With that being said, I have decided to retire from football. I became a father earlier this year and (that) has played a big part in this decision." (Darian Durant