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ESPN Mid-Season All-ACC Football Team
WR Ryan Switzer, UNC. Switzer has been known as a stellar punt returner, but he has proved himself as a receiver through the first half this season, leading the ACC in receptions per game (8.3) and ranking second in receiving yards per game (86.6); C Lucas Crowley, UNC. Crowley has had some big games for North Carolina .
Thomas Wolfe on the UNC-Virginia Game
The eve of the UNC-Virginia football game is also a good time to revisit Thomas Wolfe’s classic student essay, “Ye Who Have Been There Only Know,” published in the Tar Heel on December 13, 1919. Wolfe writes of his fond memories of the annual trip by train from Chapel Hill to Richmond, where the two teams often met in the early 20th century.
Linebacker J.B. Copeland settles in with UNC football after Twitter recruitment
UNC linebackers coach John Papuchis was in a tough situation a year ago. The Tar Heels suffered some unexpected losses at linebacker and were in the market for a transfer or junior college player to join the program. They found one in J.B. Copeland, a physical, 6-foot-3 prospect from Navarro College. How UNC's coaching staff found Copeland, though, is a unique story.
Gene Chizik talks about preparing for Virginia
Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik spoke with the media after practice Tuesday in preparation for the Tar Heels' matchup with Virginia this Saturday. Among the topics discussed were UVA’s offensive improvement throughout the season, the growth and production of Cavalier quarterback Kurt Benkert, and the improvement of North Carolina's defensive line.
UNC DT Aaron Crawford Emerging Up Front
UNC’s defensive staff has been all smiles with the recent play of Aaron Crawford, but you won’t find the redshirt freshman defensive tackle grinning. Crawford is all business, and has been waiting for his moment for over a year. The 310-pound lineman came to UNC with the expectations of early playing time, but was sidelined with injuries to start the 2015 season.
Larry Fedora Talks Mitch Trubisky's Wheels
UNC’s offense is dependent on the arm of Mitch Trubisky, but in Saturday’s win over Miami, the junior’s legs were just as important. Trubisky finished as the Tar Heels second-leading rusher, amassing 47 yards. On Monday, Larry Fedora said that Trubisky’s wheels had been put on hold because the team had yet to need them. That changed in preparation for Miami.
Tar Heels' defense playing its best at end of challenging stretch
A difficult four-week stretch is over for the Tar Heels, with two victories in Florida helping to launch No. 22 North Carolina into the home stretch of its season and toward a possible second straight ACC Coastal Division title. The Tar Heels faced a front-loaded schedule that included six games against FBS opponents with a combined record of 24-15.
Video: Gene Chizik Tuesday Post-Practice Interview
North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik met with the media Tuesday after practice to discuss his unit's play in last weekend's win at Miami and ahead to Saturday's game at Virginia.
Larry Fedora Live: Secondary Lockdown
The success of UNC’s secondary this season has often been overshadowed by the defensive struggles up front. The unit was finally allowed to shine in Saturday’s win over Miami when the Tar Heels’ front seven, delivered a dominant performance. It was the play of cornerbacks M.J. Stewart and Des Lawrence, both All-ACC players in 2015, that highlighted the secondary’s play.
Saskatchewan Roughriders must re-sign Darian Durant ASAP
The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ brass must exercise some 4-sight. Exhaustive efforts should be made to sign No. 4, Darian Durant, to a well-deserved contract extension as soon as possible. Durant is Roughriders royalty, but the remuneration should not be based solely on his sterling reputation.
Carolina's Weiler picks up State's Bambard on Twitter
North Carolina kicker Nick Weiler is showing his support for N.C. State's Kyle Bambard, who missed a 33-yard field-goal attempt as time expired in regulation that would've lifted the Wolfpack past Clemson. Bambard has been the subject of ridicule on Twitter after the miss and after State lost 24-17 in overtime.
Carolina Insider Podcast: Miami Win, Late Night With Roy
The latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast features a recap and full analysis of the football team's big road win at Miami, a look back at the highlights of Late NIght With Roy and some previewing of the 2016-17 basketball season. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas have made Carolina Insider a must-listen for Tar Heel podcast fans everywhere.
UNC's Improved Defensive Line Silencing Critics
UNC's defensive line has taken its share of hits from the media this season. The unit's run defense was a major concern heading into the season and poor performances against multiple teams early in 2016 did little to quell the critics. It is important to note that the Tar Heels have faced some of the better running teams and running backs in the nation.
Turner's Take: The Golf Swing Mentality
"It felt great to finally win one on defense," Jeremiah Clarke said. "But like Coach (Gene) Chizik and the defense has been saying, it's the golf swing mentality. A perfect hit or hitting it in the water is one golf swing away It's literally this small of a chance," he said, holding his thumb and index finger to indicate a very small margin.
North Carolina Tar Heels 2016 Midseason Review and Second Half Preview
After UNC lost a winnable non-conference opener to Georgia, the Tar Heels scored a thrilling crossover upset at Florida State, then followed that up with a waterlogged beatdown at the hands of Virginia Tech. Following this weekend's 20-13 win at Miami, dreams of a repeat division title are still alive. Here's a quick look behind and ahead.