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Lucas: Time Away Helps Switzer Focus
Some players have to be coaxed into focusing on football. Ryan Switzer has never been one of those individuals, and that commitment enabled him to make a team-leading 61 catches for a team-leading 757 yards last season. But the Tar Heel coaches thought the West Virginia native might benefit from taking an occasional break. “My dad has told me a lot that I need to have a balance,” Switzer says.
Elijah Hood, TJ Logan vie for starting role for UNC football
The trio of T.J. Logan, Elijah Hood and Romar Morris ran the ball 251 times for just 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. Meanwhile, quarterback Marquise Williams led the team with 788 yards on the ground and 13 scores on a team-high 193 carries. “Personally, as a running back, I would hate that,” said Hood in regards to a quarterback leading the team in rushing again.
Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice at the 1950 Chicago College All-Star Game
It was July 17th, 1950 and UNC’s great all-America football star Charlie Justice was seated behind his desk in the Medical Foundation Building on Pittsboro Street in Chapel Hill. It’s was the first July since 1938 that he wasn’t preparing for the upcoming football season. Soon after taking the Medical Foundation job, the U.S. Department of State invited Justice to travel to Germany to hold football coaching clinics for the armed forces stationed there.
WR Bug Howard looks to shed basketball stereotype
At 6-foot-5 with a wide wingspan and hands almost the size of a football, people easily envision Bug Howard on the hardwood as opposed to the gridiron. But after gaining some weight this past offseason, he looks to prove football suits him best. When Howard arrived at UNC as a freshman in 2013, he weighed only 195 pounds. But what the lanky receiver lacked in girth, he made up for in athleticism.
Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 1
Marquise Williams, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Charlotte native appeared in 12 games as a sophomore in 2013, starting six. In 2014, Williams started all 13 games completing 63.1% of his passes for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 788 yards and 13 scores. Williams set 18 UNC single-season or career records, including the single-season record of 3,856 total yards of offense.
UNC offensive line continues progression
The road to success has been an uphill climb for the North Carolina offensive line. But through injury and attrition, this unit has shown the ability to combat any obstacle and looks poised to be a strength of UNC’s offense this season. The offseason for these Tar Heels was a bright one, kicked off by the emergence of a young stud, Bentley Spain.
UNC cornerback: We need to be 'rude boys' again
The “rude boys” were in for a rude awakening. The UNC defensive backs, who have maintained the self-appointed moniker since the early 1990s, prided themselves on physical play and dominant defensive coverage. But after finishing 101st out of 125 teams in pass defense, the Tar Heels brought in defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and defensive backs coach Charlton Warren to restore order.
Quinshad Davis: The cusp of glory
The first time Quinzettia Posey noticed her son had taken an interest in football, he was just 3 years old. Posey and her mother had taken a young Quinshad Davis to a local high school football game. From that Friday night, when he took in the game, the players, the lights — he was hooked. “He knew then that this is what he wanted to do,” Posey said. “
UNC offensive lineman Landon Turner takes the road less traveled
During his sophomore year of high school, Landon Turner had to learn how to walk. On the first series of the first game of the season for Harrisonburg High School in Virginia, Turner broke his left ankle and suffered severe ligament damage to his foot. “There were a lot of expletives...I think I said every one I knew,” he said.
Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik comes to UNC after 2-year hiatus
For two years, Jonna Chizik, the wife of North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, cherished every second with her husband and children, knowing the day would eventually arrive. They escaped the college football lifestyle that previously defined their family dynamic. Football wasn’t a part of the equation for the first time in their relationship. But a return to the game was never ruled out.
UNC's Elijah Hood finds comfort zone
Most football players who have their season interrupted by injury recall the time away with frustration. But UNC running back Elijah Hood believes the knee sprain that limited his freshman year was helpful. "I think in the long run I might have benefited from it,'' said Hood, who arrived in Chapel Hill last fall as one of the most heralded players in UNC's freshman class.
UNC football: Season preview
The Tar Heels return 99.5 percent of their total offense from a unit that set eight school records, including most passing yards (3,614) and touchdowns (29). A good percentage of the damage was done by quarterback Marquise Williams, who led the team in both passing (3,068) and rushing (788). The coaching staff hopes Williams doesn’t have to shoulder so much of the load this time around.
2015 Football Preview: Pass Catchers
North Carolina returns its top four wideouts from last year (even though one of them, Bug Howard will probably play tight end this year). Carolina will also look for development from new contributors they found last year in Mack Hollins and Austin Proehl. Carolina also has five freshman wideouts who may find ways to contribute.
South Carolina Preview: Gamecocks Gearing Up for ‘15
The Gamecocks enter the season with relatively low expectations for a program that thrived during the previous five years. South Carolina was shut out of the AP Preseason Top 25 for the first time since 2010. and looks to recover from a dismal 7-6 season, including a 3-5 record in the SEC. The most notable difference between the 2014 and 2015 Gamecocks comes at quarterback.
Linebackers Schoettmer and Rashad Have UNC’s Defense Ready For Its Close-Up
In just one week’s time the UNC football team will be in Charlotte for their season opener against South Carolina. Under the lights at Bank of America Stadium and nationally televised on ESPN, the Tar Heel defense – led by senior linebackers Jeff Schoettmer and Shakeel Rashad – will have a prime opportunity to let the cameras capture their good side in the first game under new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik.