Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football.
UNC's Offensive Line Searching For Leadership
Former North Carolina offensive linemen Bentley Spain and Cam Dillard both are gone, so a unit that must have strong leadership as part of its chemistry building process is searching for a vocal front man or two. And with William Sweet still rehabilitating from a knee injury last September, fast-improving Charlie Heck might be stepping into that role for the Tar Heels.
Mitch Trubisky oozes enthusiasm to work with Bears’ ‘brilliant offensive minds’
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky and new coach Matt Nagy are still in the getting-to-know-you phase. But all indications are that things have gotten off to a good start, even as Trubisky works through bumps like a pair of interceptions Wednesday. Trubisky praised Nagy’s energy and passion. Nagy lauded Trubisky for his “immense focus.”
Injury Could Shelve UNC Tight End Brandon Fritts For The Season
North Carolina senior tight end Brandon Fritts has suffered a serious knee injury and is out indefinitely, which could mean the entire 2018 season, multiple sources confirmed to Tar Heel Illustrated. Fritts had knee surgery earlier this week stemming from an injury suffered in spring practice. There is nothing definitive at this time as to how long he will be out.
Larry Fedora Pleased With North Carolina's QBs
UNC football coach Larry Fedora was asked during Thursday’s ACC coaches’ teleconference what the final verdict for his quarterbacks is this spring. Fedora, who isn’t one to gush much about anything, is pleased with Nathan Elliott and Chazz Surratt. “Both of them are better off than they were when they left off at the end of the season,” Fedora said.
UNC Football Spring Game Uncertain Moving Forward
The decision by North Carolina not to hold a spring game this year may not be a one-time thing, according to UNC football coach Larry Fedora. “I don't know. It just depends on the team. We had a lot of young guys that needed a lot more reps this spring and so it just worked out better for us in this situation. But we'll make that decision each and every spring.”
Matt Nagy: ‘Hard not to smile’ working with Mitch Trubisky
Matt Nagy pulled Mitch Trubisky aside after their first practice together as Bears coach and quarterback at the Walter Payton Center on Tuesday. The Bears opened their veteran minicamp with endless details to iron out as Nagy installs his new offense, but Nagy said his feeling after Day 1 was overwhelmingly positive. “He was impressive,” Nagy said.
Ex-Panthers safety Tre Boston looking for work - and the reason he's still unemployed
Tre Boston, who lives in Charlotte during the offseason, isn’t sure his social activism is the reason he’s unemployed. But he’s had a hard time coming up with any other reasons. “I have no idea. But if I told you there’s a 25-year-old out there, no nagging injuries, no off-field issues, 10 career picks, 180 tackles-plus, three sacks, what would you tell me?” Boston said Monday.
UNC Football Spring Scrimmage Notes
The North Carolina football team closed out spring practice on Monday with a scrimmage at Kenan Stadium. Here are a few notes from the scrimmage: Michael Carter appeared to find an extra gear on a 31-yard touchdown run. Javonte Williams, an early enrollee tailback, scored two touchdowns. DT Aaron Crawford was a disruptive force in the middle of the defense.
Jason Strowbridge Still Growing at DT
Throughout the spring season, Jason Strowbridge's day doesn’t end when the final whistle is blown at practice. At the conclusion of the team’s training session, North Carolina's junior defensive tackle heads to the weight room for extra conditioning work. The intent is not to get leaner before the 2018 season begins, but rather to bulk and adjust to his new body.
Bug Howard Waived by Cleveland Browns
Bug Howard was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. Howard went undrafted out of UNC in 2017 and was signed by Cleveland after playing limited preseason snaps with the Colts. After spending 2017 as an emergency WR with the Browns and failing to make his NFL debut, Howard will spend the offseason competing for a depth role elsewhere.
Video: UNC LB Cole Holcomb Spring Practice Interview
North Carolina linebacker Cole Holcomb speaks with reporters following the Tar Heels' spring practice earlier this week as the team prepares for fall practice and the opening game at California on September 1.
UNC still working with state on concerns over agent conduct
North Carolina is still working with state authorities to notify investigators when agents improperly contact athletes or potentially violate the state's sports agents law. In emails released Friday, UNC notified the Secretary of State's office in 2014, 2016 and 2017 about five NFL agents improperly contacting athletes directly without going through the school.
Video: M.J. Stewart NFL Draft Tape
North Carolina's M.J. Stewart is a physical cornerback who will have his name called in the 2018 NFL Draft. Stewart is a playmaker in the passing game with 47 career pass breakups, ranking 1st all-time in UNC history, along with 6 interceptions. For his career, Stewart had 199 tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss, and 3 sacks.
Video: Anthony Ratliff-Williams Post-Spring Practice Interview
North Carolina wide receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams speaks with reporters following the Tar Heels' spring football practice earlier this week at Kenan Stadium. Ratliff-Williams addresses his early-career transition from quarterback to receiver and how former teammates helped him develop his game.
Podcast: Mike Ingersoll on Replacing Starters, UNC's Offensive Line
Former North Carolina offensive lineman Mike Ingersoll breaks down several aspects of UNC's offensive line, including replacing multiple starters, implementing proper blocking techniques, and blocking for different types of running backs in this edition of Inside Carolina's podcast.