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Tar Heels’ Quinshad Davis has no hard feelings toward Gamecocks

Following his junior year of high school, Quinshad Davis thought he would play college football for South Carolina. Instead, the former Gaffney star is set to face the Gamecocks as a member of the North Carolina football team for the second time. Davis was set to commit to USC, but before he did the Gamecocks received commitments from wide receivers Jody Fuller, Kwinton Smith and Shaq Roland.

Gene Chizik forces Gamecocks to expect the unexpected

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier can study film from Central Florida and Texas. He can dissect schemes from Iowa State and Auburn. He can analyze all the packages and formations from Gene Chizik’s previous stops. He will uncover some hints. He will decipher some tendencies. Yet, even the strongest threads weaving through Chizik’s career may not tie into his new strategy.

Opponent Preview: South Carolina

This season sees Carolina once more opens their season against an SEC team as the Heels will travel to Charlotte to play South Carolina in Bank of America Stadium. South Carolina had a disappointing season last year, going 7-6, including only 3-5 in the SEC. The Wild Chickens will look to start their season off with a win against the Heels.

South Carolina Defense Knows It Has Something To Prove

On paper, it looks like a terrible matchup. Abu Lamin sees it as something else entirely. “This is an opportunity to make everybody know that South Carolina is ready to play,” the Gamecocks’ junior defensive tackle said of Thursday’s season opener against North Carolina in Charlotte. “This is a different team. We’re ready to show the world this is not the same Carolina.”

Video: Quinshad Davis 1-on-1 with Jones Angell in Kenan Stadium

Senior wide receiver Quinshad Davis takes to the field at Kenan Stadium to talk with GoHeels' Jones Angell about his offseason injury recovery, impending touchdown record and season expectations.

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13. Marquise Williams, North Carolina: North Carolina’s defense has been an issue in recent years, but the offense should be among the best in the ACC once again. Williams slightly averaged under 300 total yards (296.6) a game in 2014 and recorded 34 overall scores.

New minister of defense: Chizik preaches physicality, schemes for Tar Heels

Gene Chizik, former head coach of a national championship team at Auburn, is orchestrating an overhaul of one of the most porous defenses in college football. The alignments have changed. The attitude has been altered. And most importantly to the Tar Heels, the results must be upgraded. “I know we’re not there yet. We started at Square A and we’re trying to get to Z,” Chizik said.

UNC Looks To Limit Catastrophic Plays

UNC’s defense understands that big plays are a part of the game of football. It’s the catastrophic plays that they look to eliminate. “There’s big plays, which are like, 14-to-16-yard plays, and then there’s catastrophic plays, which are your 60-70-80-yard plays,” linebacker Shakeel Rashad explained. Eliminating catastrophic plays has been a focal point of the Tar Heels.

Preview: UNC vs South Carolina Q&A

South Carolina returns only four starters, so it's hard to have a very clear picture on exactly what the offense will look like on Sept. 3. South Carolina has two running backs it is confident in with Brandon Wilds and David Williams, so it makes sense to lean on the run game with a first time starter at quarterback in Connor Mitch. But Steve Spurrier loves to throw the football.

Tar Heels have short memory when it comes to Gamecock gamesmanship

Football coaches rarely ever forget anything. Ask them about about a specific game, regardless of how long ago it was, and most can recall every minute detail as if it happened just last week. That’s why it was hard to believe UNC’s Larry Fedora on Monday when he swore not to have any recollection of the last time his team played South Carolina.

UNC football prepares for new-look Gamecocks

Larry Fedora doesn’t see much correlation between this season’s showdown and the 2013 opener. After such drastic turnover among South Carolina’s players and coaches, Landon Turner gleans little from 2013. And with no accurate film of what their new defense will look like on Thursday, this year’s Gamecocks are equally challenging to prepare for.

All eyes on Tar Heels defense as Carolina clash nears

As the Tar Heels prepare for the first showdown of the season, the anticipation of Gene Chizik's defensive takeover is garnering as much talk as the game itself. "I'm beyond excited," senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said. "We're all very excited. Anytime you get a young quarterback, you've got to rattle his cage a little bit, see if he's got the moxie to make plays."

ICTV: Marquise Williams' Homecoming

For senior quarterback Marquise Williams, Thursday's game against South Carolina isn't just the season opener, but a return home. Williams talked about what it means for him to play in his hometown. He also mentioned the large number of talented players that are recruited out of Charlotte. The starting QB said he is especially excited to play on the same field as Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton.

Chizik in Charge

While UNC’s defense underwent a dramatic transition this offseason, headlined by the parting of ways with Vic Koenning and the welcoming of Gene Chizik, Larry Fedora’s role on that side of the ball has remained unchanged. “I’ve never gone in the defensive room and told them what to run,” the fourth-year UNC head coach told reporters following Monday’s practice.

Larry Fedora Monday Post-Practice Quotes

Larry Fedora on heading into the South Carolina game: "The majority of everything we've done going up until this week was based on ourselves and now it's all been South Carolina. So that's what they are focus is. It's the most important game we got. It's the next game." On the importance of Charlotte to recruiting: "Obviously, there is great high school talent in the Charlotte area..."

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