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Ryan Switzer Wednesday Practice Quotes
Ryan Switzer: "I still have high expectations for myself. Every time I step onto the field I believe I am the best player. I feel like every player should feel like that. I am a little quieter about it this year. The older I’m getting, I’m learning that people don’t have to know what you’re thinking and what you’re doing. I don’t have to go around proclaiming my own ambitions."
Video: UNC Football - The Time is Now
North Carolina opens the 2015 football season two weeks from today against South Carolina on September 3 in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium. Get pumped with a new video from the UNC Football Video crew.
Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 7
M.J. Stewart enters his second season in Chapel Hill as a starting cornerback for UNC's revamped defensive backfield. The Virginia native has been running with the first team during preseason camp, despite changes at the three other spots. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound sophomore saw some time last season for the Tar Heels in what was a mostly disappointing showing from the defensive backs.
Bug Howard Wednesday Practice Quotes
How is it for you being in such an experienced unit? Bug Howard: "It’s a great opportunity for me to get in-between those guys like Mack Hollins and Quinshad Davis, and on the other side is Ryan Switzer and of course there is Kendrick Singleton. We are both wide receivers but we are both strong enough to handle the inside."
Steelers notebook: At nose tackle, Cam Thomas getting it now
The Steelers are playing more one-gap technique along the defensive line this season, and Cam Thomas has taken the majority of his reps at nose guard during training camp. The moves seem to suit Thomas, whose play in practice and the first two preseason games has been markedly better. “I feel more comfortable,” Thomas said Wednesday afternoon.
UNC Training Camp: Hood and Logan Bringing “Thunder and Lightning” to Chapel Hill
They haven’t earned any nicknames yet, but if they carry their excellent play from training camp into the regular season, that may change in the very near future. Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan are expected to give this year’s UNC football team an electric one-two punch at the running back position that could take this year’s offense to new heights.
Bruce Carter moves to strongside linebacker
Bruce Carter was brought in to be the starting middle linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It doesn't look like that's going to happen. The Bucs appear to be giving that job to rookie Kwon Alexander. A fourth-round pick, Alexander has been one of the biggest surprises of the preseason. The Bucs are so happy with Alexander that they already have moved Carter to another position.
James Hurst emerges for rare first-team opportunity
Ravens starting right tackle Rick Wagner couldn’t finish practice Wednesday after suffering an apparent leg injury, forcing a second-year player who has largely toiled under the radar onto the field. James Hurst, who last year started five games and became the first undrafted rookie to start a playoff game at left tackle, was thrust into the first-team fold in an opportunity he said was necessary.
Dre Bly Named To FWAA 75th Anniversary Team
Former North Carolina superstar Dré Bly was named to the third team at defensive back. Bly had a brilliant career in Chapel Hill from 1996-98, helping lead the Tar Heels to back-to-back top-10 finishes and three consecutive bowl victories. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native remains the only player in ACC history to earn first-team All-America honors in his first three seasons.
2015 Football Preview: Secondary
UNC has plenty of experience in the secondary with just one newcomer listed in the preseason depth chart in the form of strong safety J.K. Britt. The only notable loss was Tim Scott to graduation. Scott led the team with seven pass break-ups and had one interception. Brian Walker led UNC with three interceptions and five pass break-ups while M.J. Stewart had a two interceptions.
Williams: "My goal is to put the ball in my playmakers' hands"
How much does it cool your nerves to have a shored up offensive line in your last year here? Marquise Williams: "It’s good, man. I tell those guys that they’re the best offensive line in the country. I haven’t been sacked this training camp and that’s huge for me. We are running the ball pretty well and that’s what you need to be great in the passing game, you need to have a good running game."
ICTV: Fedora, Heels Still in 'Camp Mode'
For the Tar Heel football players, classes started on Tuesday, but training camp has been in session for more than two weeks now and according to head coach Larry Fedora remain very much in 'camp mode.' "I'm more worried about us than I am anything right now, we haven't started on South Carolina yet and we wont for a while," the head coach said after practice on Wednesday.
Larry Fedora Wednesday Post-Practice Quotes
Who is Cole Holcomb? Larry Fedora: "He is a linebacker that is here from New Smyrna Beach and he’s stepped up and shown he’s going to play for us, he’s going to help this football team. He’s involved in almost all the special teams and he’s a kid that’s athletic and can run and knows the scheme."
UNC Combating Penalties with Experience
North Carolina is counting on its vast experience, which includes 18 starters and 351 career starts, to reverse a troublesome penalty trend that’s plagued Larry Fedora’s head coaching career. In 2014, the Tar Heels tied the single-season school record for penalties with 99. A year earlier, UNC set the single-season school record with 831 penalty yards.
UNC Football: Ranking The Positions
North Carolina is just more than two weeks away from its season opener versus South Carolina in Charlotte. While practice availability has been limited by the team over the last week, what we have gleaned so far is mostly consistent with what the expectations were going into camp.