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Naz Jones intercepts Aaron Rodgers, TD wiped out by ticky-tack penalty

Welcome to the NFL, Aaron Rodgers. That is, “Welcome to Naz Jones’ NFL.” Playing in the first defensive drive of his career, against arguably the best QB in the NFL in his own home, Jones intercepted Aaron Rodgers and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, the touchdown was called back on a penalty from Cliff Avril for block in the back on Rodgers. (Field Gulls)

UNC finds it has two good answers at quarterback

Just when North Carolina’s quarterback picture became clearer in the first half, an apparent right hip injury to Chazz Surratt muddled it. Then Brandon Harris rebounded from a rough opener and made it even more unclear. All that was settled in a 47–35 loss to No. 17 Louisville was that the Tar Heels have good options at the position … and issues on defense. (Raleigh & Company)

Will UNC ever field a dominant defense under Larry Fedora?

In Saturday’s loss to Louisville, UNC’s greatest struggles didn’t come on an offense that’s trying to replace players who are now playing on Sundays. The Tar Heels even won the special teams battle against the Cardinals. Instead, the glaring problems were on a defense UNC desperately needed to be better this season. Under Larry Fedora, that’s nothing new. (FanRag Sports)

Brandon Harris Impresses in Second Half of UNC Loss

North Carolina quarterback Brandon Harris looked good. For the most part he threw the ball with purpose, with zip, on time, and accurately. The arm strength that was hyped through the preseason was on display. In two quarters of action Harris was 17-for-23 for 216 yards and one touchdown. "He did a great job," UNC tight end Brandon Fritts said. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Defensive Hype Meets Reality

The 2017 football season was going to be the year a Larry Fedora defense finally surpassed its offensive counterpart as the program’s cornerstone. Instead, it’s been more of the same as UNC has allowed 82 points and 1,174 total yards of offense in falling to 0-2 for the first time since 2010. Familiar defensive debacles on the field lead to familiar defensive explanations. (Inside Carolina)

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron's honesty, candidness refreshing

Eric Ebron said Friday he wants to make it to the Pro Bowl this season. Yes, I can hear the jokes already about the Detroit Lions’ tight end and lightning rod for criticism. But I’m not laughing. I’m clapping. I applaud Ebron for taking a stand. He spoke with reporters Friday for the first time this summer after he pulled a hamstring in the first practice of training camp. (Detroit Free Press)

UNC speaking different defensive languages amid frustrating 0-2 start

Listening to North Carolina’s defensive players on Saturday, following a 47-35 defeat against Louisville, and one could have been forgiven for thinking that they might have been speaking several different languages while they allowed the Cardinals an historic offensive output..“Honestly, (it was) communication,” senior linebacker Cayson Collins said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

3 Stars: UNC-Louisville

A week after an embarrassing personal foul that got him kicked out of the Cal game, junior defensive tackle Jalen Dalton redeemed himself registering 4 tackles, with 3 for a loss including a sack. He also had two QB hurries. In addition was Dalton’s late-game hustle catching up to and bringing down Louisville running back Malik Williams, ending his 74-yard jaunt. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Extra Points: Two Outta Three

Those wanting answers to the issues tripping up UNC's defense through two games are left to do as the great Paul McCartney did and simply loosen the grip and let it play out. There appear to be no easy explanations to why a unit expected to be a strong suit of what is a retooling season has been so disappointing. "I can't tell you until I see it," Larry Fedora said (GoHeels.com)

UNC Building Off Passing Success

A loss is a loss and silver linings don't help your record, but UNC's offense came out Saturday in Kenan Stadium, moved the ball effectively, made big plays, and scored. They didn't score enough to win and didn't convert the necessary fourth downs when it mattered, but there is a lot to build on. The North Carolina offense, specifically the passing game, was efficient. (Inside Carolina)

Quarterback Drama Continues in UNC’s Loss to Louisville

In the wake of last week’s loss to Cal–a game in which UNC rotated quarterbacks Brandon Harris and Chazz Surratt–plenty of eyes were focused on coach Larry Fedora and how he’d handle the situation heading into this week’s game. Although Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson stole the show, the Tar Heels again created some drama of their own. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC struggling to play to potential, falls to 0-2

The pieces are there, to hear the players tell it. UNC fell to 0-2 for the first time in Larry Fedora's six seasons as head coach Saturday, losing to No. 17 Louisville 47-35. But the Tar Heels say they have everything they need to be successful. The question is whether or not UNC (0-2, 0-1 ACC) can prove that. "(It was) a lack of execution honestly," Cayson Collins said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Larry Fedora Post-Louisville Comments

UNC Football Coach Larry Fedora: Not the way we wanted to open conference play. I thought there was a lot of really good things on special teams. Offensively there were about four or five drives where we would have loved to finish off those drives the way we could have but we didn’t do that. Defensively, we weren’t even close to receivers when those guys were catching the ball. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Anthony Ratliff-Williams Sets Special Teams Record

As Anthony Ratliff-Williams left Kenan Stadium following UNC’s 47-35 loss to No. 16 Louisville Saturday, he FaceTimed the man in his phone listed simply as “Switz”. The sophomore had just completed the best performance of his collegiate career, returning a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown while setting a UNC single-game record with 199 kickoff return yards. (Inside Carolina)

UNC QBs show signs of progress in Louisville loss

Redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt started over Week 1 starter Brandon Harris and completed 12 of 14 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He didn't play in the second half after taking an early hit to his back. Harris, an LSU graduate transfer who had a mistake-filled opener, looked much sharper than a week earlier and threw for 216 yards and a score. (Associated Press)

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Virginia0
at Boise State0
Friday 8:00 PM

NC State0
at #11 Florida State0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Kent State0
at #20 Louisville0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Pittsburgh0
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Saturday 12:20 PM

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Saturday 2:00 PM

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Saturday 3:30 PM

Toledo0
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Saturday 3:30 PM

Wake Forest0
at Appalachian State0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Duke0
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Saturday 3:30 PM

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Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Virginia Tech0-03-0
Duke0-03-0
Virginia0-02-1
(14) Miami0-01-0
Georgia Tech0-01-1
Pittsburgh0-01-2
North Carolina0-11-2

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(2) Clemson1-03-0
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(19) Louisville1-12-1
Syracuse0-02-1
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-00-1
Boston College0-11-2


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