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Hurricanes preparing for UNC's fast-paced offense
The Miami Hurricanes' defense will focus on a different type of speed in preparation of Saturday's game against North Carolina. How fast it can line up is the biggest key to stopping the Tar Heels' up-tempo offense. "The first thing is getting lined up," UM defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. "Their tempo will be as fast as anything that we've seen this year."
UNC's young linebackers finding ways to produce
The Tar Heels have talent at linebacker, but lack the experience they had last season. Two sophomores, Andre Smith and Cole Holcomb, lead the position group and are growing into their roles as the year progresses. Linebackers coach John Papuchis has been happy with the production out of his young core.
North Carolina RB Elijah Hood expected to play against No. 16 Miami
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says he expects running back Elijah Hood to play this week at No. 16 Miami. Fedora said Wednesday that Hood has practiced this week, has "done well and had no issues." Hood leads the Tar Heels with an average of 67.6 yards rushing. He missed last week's 34-3 loss to Virginia Tech with a concussion.
How October 30, 2004, Changed Both the Miami Hurricanes and the North Carolina Tar Heels
October 30, 2004, began as a typical ACC matchup as No. 4 Miami traveled to Chapel Hill to take on unranked North Carolina. The Hurricanes entered the game 6-0 and huge favorites as the team was considered a perennial national championship contender. What happened that night would start a steady decline for the highly-successful program.
Larry Fedora Live: Grading Film After Loss
Often after a blowout loss, a coach looks at game film to not only correct the problems his team had, but also to find any positives with a fresh set of eyes. When Larry Fedora looked back at last weekend’s 34-3 loss to Virginia Tech, there were no positives to be taken. “There wasn’t much that went our way,” Fedora said on his radio show on Tuesday.
Gene Chizik on interceptions, Miami, and Mark Richt
UNC defense coordinator Gene Chizik spoke with the media after practice Tuesday ahead of this week’s game against Miami. Chikiz discussed how the defense has been unable to get interceptions, what stands out about Miami’s offense, how head coach Mark Richt has evolved, and defensive tackle Nazair Jones’ outstanding performance against Virginia Tech.
Top 10 QBs in college football through Week 6
10. Mitch Trubisky, UNC: Trubisky earned an awful grade in UNC’s loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday, which was played in inclement weather. Even with last week’s struggles, Trubisky is still at or near the top in several categories, including adjusted completion rate when under pressure, a stat in which he ranks second nationally at 73 percent.
North Carolina, Miami look to shake off ACC losses
No. 16 Miami and North Carolina will be playing essentially an elimination game in the Coastal Division race when they clash at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. A second conference loss at this early stage doesn't necessarily eliminate either team, but it does put the loser in a position of needing help, particularly North Carolina.
UNC's Void of Interceptions
There are 128 FBS programs, and North Carolina is the only one without an interception in 2016. While UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky was extending his school record of pass attempts without an interception (243) into last week’s game against Virginia Tech, the Tar Heel defense was encountering a different issue: an inability to force a turnover in the passing game.
Video: Gene Chikiz Tuesday Post-Practice Interview
North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik met with the media after practice Tuesday to discuss his unit's performances to date and to look ahead to this weekend's game at No. 16 Miami.
Sliding in the DMs 101 with DT Jeremiah Clarke
UNC redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke recently became Twitter famous for saying in an interview that he could teach a class on sliding in the DM’s. So I reached out to the "DM King" to see if he could give us some pointers.
Mitch Trubisky looks back at VT, ahead to Miami
Mitch Trubisky on film review: "You take as much as you can from it. Look at the plays and what we could control and what we did wrong schematically and what we can improve. On the film you can also see the effort." More missed assignments or having to deal with the elements? Trubisky: "Little bit of both. We still had our opportunities and we we didn't capitalize."
Cleveland Browns awarded OL Jonathan Cooper via waivers
The Cleveland Browns on Monday were awarded OL Jonathan Cooper after being claimed off waivers from New England. Cooper is a 6-2, 302-pound fourth year offensive linemen that most recently spent the first four weeks of the season with the Patriots. Cooper started 48 games at UNC and was a consensus All-America First-Team selection in 2012.
After debacle in driving rain, Tar Heels await Hurricanes
North Carolina struggled during a hurricane. Now the Tar Heels have to deal with the Miami Hurricanes. A debacle in a downpour led to an ugly first ACC loss of the year for UNC (4-2, 2-1), and now the Tar Heels know they have to be much better this week when they visit Miami (4-1, 1-1) — which itself is stinging from a one-point loss to its most bitter rival.
North Carolina's Defensive Line Making Strides
UNC’s beleaguered defensive line continued its gradual improvement in Saturday’s wipeout of a game against Virginia Tech. “I thought our D-line played much better than they have,” Larry Fedora said on Monday. “I thought that was their best game, especially inside. I thought Naz Jones probably played the best game he’s played to this point.”