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Larry Fedora builds future beyond one breakthrough season
Optimism runs high in Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels prepare to open against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Bulldogs’ backyard. The ACC is counting on the Tar Heels to carry the conference banner against the SEC. This isn’t déjà vu all over again, to borrow from Yogi Berra. Instead of a bottom that is about to fall out, Larry Fedora has a foundation in place.
Connor Barth still battling for job with New Orleans Saints
The battle for the starting place kicker job on the New Orleans Saints did not get much clarity following the team’s second preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday. While Connor Barth did not attempt a kick in the Saints’ preseason opener against New England, he connected on a 33-yard field goal on Saturday in a loss to the Texans.
Ranking All 128 College Football Starting Quarterbacks for 2016
26. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina: Marquise Williams departs Chapel Hill after earning second-team All-ACC honors last fall, but coach Larry Fedora isn’t too worried about the quarterback position. That’s due to the progress and development of Trubisky over the last two seasons. The junior is one of the nation’s rising stars under center.
ACC Football's Top 15 Must-See Games of 2016
7. North Carolina vs. Georgia (Sept. 3 – Atlanta): This will be a good litmus test for the Heels against a talented Georgia team that is surrounded by plenty of intrigue. New Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart is a longtime Nick Saban disciple and will be looking to make a statement here. 4. North Carolina at Florida State (Oct. 1).
A breakdown of UNC’s special teams
The Tar Heels have one of the top punt returners in NCAA history in Ryan Switzer, a kick returner who has the quickness to break one for a touchdown at any time in T.J. Logan, and one of the best place-kickers in the ACC in Nick Weiler. All three are seniors and provide much-needed experience and leadership in each of these areas.
Extra Points: UN-Common
Eighteen months into Gene Chizik’s tenure as UNC’s defensive coordinator, the Tar Heels are being driven to develop good habits—in the meeting room, in film study, in the classroom, in honing their techniques. A group that Chizik termed from his first day of spring ball in March 2015 as “soft, slow-motion and no-urgency” is now “like night and day.”
Nick Chubb vs. UNC's defense might not be a fair fight, so a lot falls on the Heels' new QB
The Kirby Smart era begins in Athens, and Georgia fans are excited to see how he’ll stamp the program as he takes over for Mark Richt. If star running back Nick Chubb is healthy (as it appears he is), Georgia should win more games this year than last, but North Carolina is a nice early barometer for where Smart will be starting.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart to analyze scrimmage film to aid in quarterback decision
Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart might be closer to having a starting quarterback in mind following a rainy and wet second preseason scrimmage. But it doesn’t appear like he’ll be too inclined to give up that information, even after evaluating how the practice went on tape.
Ten bold predictions for the 2016 ACC football season
UNC won’t go undefeated in the ACC again, but will repeat as Coastal Division champion. Everything that could go right did go right for the Tar Heels last season. Chances are that won’t happen again thanks to a more balanced division and a date with Florida State in Tallahassee. But UNC is still the best team in the Coastal and will meet Clemson in the ACC Championship.
North Carolina Ranked No. 22 in AP Preseason College Football Poll
North Carolina begins the 2016 college football season ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday. The Tar Heels' opening-week opponent, Georgia, is ranked No. 18. Other ACC teams included in the poll include No. 2 Clemson, No. 4 Florida State, and No. 19 Louisville.
Picture Day 1946: When Hugh Morton met Charlie Justice
One of the most welcomed lettermen returning to the Tar Heels in 1946 was Hosea Rodgers, a 200-pound fullback who led Carolina to a victory over Pennsylvania back in 1943. Many of the freshmen were returning World War II veterans in their 20s—like freshman Charlie Justice. Justice was the one player who was going to make a good UNC team great.
Caleb Henderson’s departure brings clarity to UNC backup QB situation
The battle for North Carolina’s backup quarterback position has been decided. Just not by coach Larry Fedora. Sophomore Caleb Henderson, a former four-star prospect from Burke, Va., ended the competition with redshirt freshman Nathan Elliott for the position backing up starter Mitch Trubisky by leaving school on Friday.
Darian Durant, gunslinger no more
While the Riders were preparing to face the Tiger-Cats this week, Darian Durant was reminded of his past. Back in 2009 and 2010 when the Riders went to consecutive Grey Cups, Durant liked to think of himself as a gunslinger. In the old west, a gunslinger was a man with a gun who knew how to use it.
Sources: Julius Peppers, other players to meet with NFL on reported steroid allegations
Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, who were also named in the report, have also agreed to meet, sources told ESPN. Free-agent linebacker Mike Neal, who also was threatened with a suspension, initially did not agree to meet with the league. But he consented to be interviewed after all, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano on Friday.
Video: Lee Pace & Taylor Vippolis Recap Third Scrimmage of Training Camp
Let Lee Pace and Taylor Vippolis take you inside the Tar Heels' third scrimmage of pre-season training camp as UNC prepares to take on Georgia in Atlanta on September 3.