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Rainy day blows over for Marquise Williams
Everyone has rainy days. Marquise Williams is no different. The normally sunny dispositioned quarterback did not play during the second half of Saturday’s rain-soaked 41-14 win against Delaware, as Coach Larry Fedora benched him for backup Mitch Trubisky. “As a senior, just some things you have to fix and clean up,” Williams said. “(Fedora) expects more out of me and I gave him more today.”
Triangle teams in early position to make ACC title run
No Triangle team has won an ACC football championship since 1989 when Duke forged a tie for the title with Virginia. North Carolina has not finished atop the ACC standings since the days of Lawrence Taylor in 1980. NC State’s last ACC football title came in 1979. And yet all three schools appear to have a real chance to win the league; not just a theoretical chance. A real chance.
Fedora Live: Penalties Trending Positive for UNC
North Carolina played some of the cleanest football in the nation during its nonconference slate. The Tar Heels are currently tied for 21st in the country in fewest penalties, drawing just 19 flags for 151 yards through four games. UNC head coach Larry Fedora believes that is no coincidence. “I think we’ve got a fairly mature football team,” Fedora said Tuesday night.
UNC Is Business As Usual At Quarterback
Last Saturday's game seemed to take last season's dual-quarterback system to a new level. Starting quarterback Marquise Williams was pulled from the Delaware game before halftime, and he didn't return. Although Mitch Trubisky took his place, Williams stressed that it doesn't impact their relationship. "There's no hard feelings," Williams said.
Tar Heels Preparing for Road Noise
North Carolina will travel to Georgia Tech for its first road game of the season on Saturday. The Tar Heels prepared for the elevated noise levels of Bobby Dodd Stadium by implementing their silent count against Delaware last weekend. “We changed our whole cadence with the quarterback in the game, so everything was silent count,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said on Monday.
A Meaningless Streak
There was a prevailing message emanating from the Kenan Football Center on Monday afternoon, and it had to do with the Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech: That O-fer streak everyone keeps talking about doesn't mean anything. In other words, UNC hasn't won at Georgia Tech since 1997, a span of eight games, but the message from the Tar Heels is none of that matters.
Ken Huff Named To 2015 ACC Legends Class
Former North Carolina All-America guard Ken Huff is among 14 standouts named to the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Class of Football Legends announced Tuesday by the league office. Huff will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends presented by the Belk Bowl on Friday, Dec. 4, and during the on-field pregame festivities at the 11th annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship.
Schoettmer: "We have to be disciplined"
North Carolina heads to Atlanta for a Saturday matchup against the 2-2 Yellow Jackets, who are coming off losses to Notre Dame and Duke. UNC linebacker Jeff Schoettmer spoke with the media on Monday to break down how the Tar Heels are preparing for Georgia Tech's triple option, an in-depth look at his role, and the defensive mentality going into the crucial Coastal Division matchup.
UNC-Georgia Tech Preview: Jackets Eyeing Bounce Back
The Yellow Jackets (2-2) enter Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak after dropping their last two contests to No. 6 Notre Dame and Duke. Georgia Tech was the preseason favorite to win the Coastal Division for a second straight year, but injuries and attrition at running back and defensive setbacks have caused the team to falter out of the gate.
UNC must solve defensive-line issues at Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets, smarting from back-to-back road losses (against Notre Dame and Duke), might be salivating when they watch parts of UNC’s 41–14 Saturday victory over Delaware on video. “I think we’re still getting too much push up front and we’ve got to do a better job with those front four guys,” said UNC coach Larry Fedora in a bit of an understatement.
Georgia Tech offense looks to get back on track
The Georgia Tech offense, which looked overpowering in the first two weeks against a pair of overmatched opponents, has failed to show up the past two weeks. The inability to run the ball has been especially galling to head coach Paul Johnson, who saw his team’s streak of 200-yard rushing games end at 17. Even more disappointing are the mistakes made by the team’s experienced players.
Georgia Tech looking to fix offense after 2 straight losses
Georgia Tech has a bigger concern than just preparing for North Carolina. "This week we've got to fix ourselves," coach Paul Johnson said Monday. "North Carolina will have a good team, but I'm more worried about fixing our problems." Poor special teams play hurt in last week's 34-20 loss at Duke. Poor production from the running game was a bigger surprise.
QB Controversy? What QB Controversy?
For your viewing pleasure, Larry Fedora's weekly Monday press conference. Fedora dives into the quarterback issue right out of the gate in hopes of avoiding "78 questions" on the topic. It doesn't really work as the assembled media probe and prodded regarding his decision to bench Marquise Williams in favor of Mitch Trubisky. The bottom line from Fedora is there is no controversy.
UNC Focused on Winning, Not the Streak
On Saturday, North Carolina will play Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, a location that’s home to an 18-year-long losing streak for the Tar Heels. UNC hasn’t won at Georgia Tech since 1997, when Mack Brown’s final North Carolina team defeated the Yellow Jackets 16-13. Larry Fedora said he doesn’t see how that effects how his team will play in Atlanta on Saturday.
Intrigue and Injury at QB for UNC
Larry Fedora dismissed any notion of a quarterback controversy during his weekly press conference on Monday. “Marquise Williams is our starter. Yes, I’ve talked to him. He knows why I did what I did on Saturday, and that’s where we’re at. He’s our starter going into this game.” How a potential injury factors into the quarterback situation may not be known until Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech.