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UNC Listed as Dark-Horse Playoff Contender for 2016 College Football Season

But there is reason for optimism in Chapel Hill. The Heels return 14 starters, although they must replace Marquise Williams, who threw for 3,072 yards and 24 touchdowns while adding 948 yards and 13 scores on the ground. However, likely new starter Mitch Trubisky is a seasoned backup who pushed Williams hard for the job as a freshman and sophomore. (Bleacher Report)

Eric Ebron sees improvement, aims for more consistency

Second-year tight end Eric Ebron was asked to sum up his 2015 season in one word during locker clean out day last week. “Improved,” he said. Not bad, because that's exactly what he did in terms of his production from year one to year two. He caught 22 more passes, more than doubled his receiving yards, and produced five touchdowns compared to just one as a rookie. (Detroit Lions)

Audio: The Next Level For UNC Football?

Has Tar Heel football finally turned the corner or was 2015 just a one-time brush with greatness? Is it worth it? How badly do we want UNC to reach the same heights as Clemson or Florida State? How can we ensure that a commitment to success will actually produce success? And how can we make that “sacrifice” without losing our academic greatness? It can be done. (Chapelboro.com)

Children's Hospital Colorado Jr. Reporter: My interview with Sylvester Williams

Children's Hospital Colorado's junior reporter Chandra Barnes had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with Sylvester Williams a couple of weeks ago. Here's what she learned. "I was so surprised when my hand fit in the palm of his hand. All of the Bronco players are so tall it was so cool to meet Sylvester Williams and see the training center. I had a great time!" (Denver Broncos)

Tar Heels Third In Final Fall Director's Cup Standings

UNC is in third place in the final fall sports Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. The Tar Heels amassed 342 points in the fall, including 90 by the field hockey team, which reached the final four for the 20th time and played in its 16th national championship game. Carolina is third nationally behind Stanford (479.5) and Syracuse (347.5). (GoHeels.com)

Mitch Trubisky steals show, other bold predictions for ACC in 2016

The ACC's most prolific quarterback in 2016 will be Mitch Trubisky: All due respect to Deshaun Watson and Brad Kaaya -- both will have big seasons in 2016 -- but plenty of North Carolina fans thought Trubisky should have been the starter the past two seasons, and he will step into an up-tempo offense loaded with weapons at the skill positions. (ESPN.com)

UNC Football's Record-Setting Season In 2015

The North Carolina football team had a season to remember in 2015, winning 11 games, capturing the ACC's Coastal Division crown with a perfect 8-0 record, and going undefeated at Kenan Stadium (7-0). In addition, Carolina posted more than 60 team and individual records in 2015. Here is a complete list of those records. (GoHeels.com)

Da'Norris Searcy Wants to be a “Game-Changer” in 2016

After playing his first four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, the Tennessee Titans signed Da'Norris Searcy to a four-year deal in March. He started at safety alongside veteran Michael Griffin, playing in 15 of 16 games. Searcy didn’t have as many “splash” plays as he would’ve liked in 2015, but coaches were pleased with his performance. (Tennessee Titans)

Casey Barth discusses highs and lows of being a kicker

Casey Barth was a standout kicker for the Tar Heels – he holds numerous records in Chapel Hill, where he had plenty of incredible memories. "The best moment for me was the Music City Bowl in 2010 when I hit the game-tying and game-winning field goal. Even when I see it now I still get goosebumps." But residence on Cloud Nine is never permanent – the misses stick with you. (WECT)

Buffalo Bills add WR Greg Little

The Buffalo Bills signed free agent wideout Greg Little on Tuesday. Little is a former second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns (2011). He led the Browns in receptions and receiving yards as a rookie and has two 50-plus catch seasons in his career. Little was most recently with the Cincinnati Bengals before his release on Oct. 31st. (Buffalo Bills)

Athlon Sports Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2016

18. North Carolina In addition to the ACC Coastal title, the Tar Heels are coming off their first double-digit win total for the first time since 1997. The momentum for coach Larry Fedora should continue in 2016, as North Carolina is the early favorite to win the Coastal once again. (Athlon Sports)

ESPN 2016 Way-Too-Early Top 25

17. North Carolina The Tar Heels finally broke through in coach Larry Fedora's fourth season, improving from 6-7 in 2014 to 11-3 and winning the ACC's Coastal Division this past season. The Tar Heels dropped their last two games, but momentum certainly seems headed in the right direction. (ESPN.com)

Shakeel Rashad, Justin Thomason Selected For Tropic Bowl

Recent North Carolina graduates Shakeel Rashad and Justin Thomason have been selected to play in the inaugural Tropic Bowl on Sunday, January 17, at North Miami Stadium. A third-team All-ACC selection as a senior, Rashad finished his final season in Chapel Hill with 126 tackles, including a team-high 8.5 tackles for loss. (GoHeels.com)

UNC #15 AP Poll; Big Things Ahead in 2016?

Overall, a No. 15 ranking in the final AP football poll is not a bad place for North Carolina to end up, even after getting trucked by Baylor's running game. It stands to reason UNC will begin 2016 in roughly the same spot in the poll. Unlike previous seasons where UNC wakes up in August sitting in the preseason Top 25, there will be merit to the Tar Heels being ranked. (Tar Heel Blog)

Way-too-early 2016 ACC Football Power Rankings

4. North Carolina. The Tar Heels lose quarterback Marquise Williams, receiver Quinshad Davis and lineman Landon Turner, three of their best offensive players. But receiver Ryan Switzer, running back Elijah Hood and four starters on the offensive line return, along with talented defensive lineman Nazair Jones and the entire secondary. This team will contend again for the Coastal Division title. (ESPN.com)

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Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9


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