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A year late, 2016's top signees ready for breakthrough

Tomon Fox checked in at No. 194 on ESPN’s top 300 rankings, and he was expected to have a big role in 2016 on the Tar Heels’ defense. An early injury sidetracked that progress, however, and Fox ended up playing just two games. In 2017, however, he’ll be expected to step into a major role at defensive end, a position where UNC’s defense needs a playmaker. (ESPN.com)

UNC Spring Football: News & Notes

North Carolina spring football practice began Tuesday under warm temperatures at Navy field, a marked difference from the previous two seasons when cold weather and occasionally snow and ice were on the ground. The weather was just one of many differences from last spring as the Tar Heels took to the field with several new faces set to take over major roles. (GoHeels.com)

Giovani Bernard rehabbing great; Bengals may spend high draft pick on running back

The Bengals have some decisions to make at running back this offseason. One thing that will factor into those choices will be the health of Giovani Bernard. Bernard is coming off a torn ACL suffered in Week 11, the first major injury he’s suffered in his four-year NFL career. Even so, that’s a brutal injury for any player to come back from, let alone a running back. (Cincy Jungle)

Eric Ebron enjoys Dubai trip, meets Roger Federer

It isn't quite sliding down a volcano or wing-walking or even Matthew Stafford skydiving on his honeymoon in 2015, but Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron has been having an adventure the past couple of weeks. And he has been posting about it on Instagram and Twitter. Ebron has been in Dubai and seems to be enjoying himself traveling with Lions receiver Andre Roberts. (ESPN.com)

Miami home of Julius Peppers, Claudia Sampedro lists for $6.45M

He smashed quarterbacks for the Green Bay Packers, but now Julius Peppers is eager to sack a buyer for his Coral Gables, FL, estate. The posh place is available for $6.45 million. Peppers is no stranger to the real estate game. In 2015, he listed his Chicago-area home for $2.5 million. Then in 2016, Peppers put up his North Carolina mansion for $2,995,000. (Realtor.com)

Mitch Trubisky faces some challenges with his NFL transition

Some people believe North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky could be selected as high as second overall to the San Francisco 49ers, although there’s a lot of time before the draft for the 49ers to evaluate quarterbacks. Here’s what the 49ers (or any other team that looks at Trubisky in the draft) will have to evaluate: Trubisky will have a big learning curve. (Yahoo! Sports)

UNC Football's Spring of Change

Players and coaches come and go, but some are program staples whose voids are felt a bit longer than others. The exodus of experience welcomes a spring of change for Larry Fedora’s UNC football program. “We’ve got some guys that haven’t played much that are going to get an opportunity to show everybody who they are,” Fedora said after Tuesday’s practice. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Larry Fedora Post-Spring Practice Day 1 Interview

North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora met with the media following the Tar Heels' first day of Spring practice on Tuesday. View Video...

UNC Football Tasked with Replacing Leadership

The impact of the departure of so many veterans from UNC's offense has been a frequent topic of discussion for the 2017 Tar Heel football team. While the loss of their skills, knowledge, and experience will challenge coach Larry Fedora, offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic, and the offense, there is another aspect the offense will have to face - the loss of leadership. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heel Football Legend Dré Bly Finds Passion in Coaching

How does Dré Bly get the attention of the young people he coaches? He talks about his resumé – three-time all-American, college hall of famer, Super Bowl champion, two-time Pro Bowler — then offers this: Despite all his success, he could’ve done more. “I left some things on the table,” Bly admits. “I was one of those guys that it came naturally for me." (Inside Carolina)

Inside Mitch Trubisky's final days of preparation for NFL combine grilling

Tucked away in an unassuming corporate park, one of the quarterbacks NFL teams are buzzing about most is set to get grilled. The man who greets him, quarterback coach Ryan Lindley, knows him quite well. They’ve trained together for two months. The player introduces himself, anyway. “Mitchell Trubisky,” he says in between a handshake. “Nice to meet you.” (USA Today)

Pressure is on for Mitch Trubisky to perform at NFL Scouting Combine

Auditions won’t get much bigger for Mitch Trubisky than this week in Indianapolis. The No. 1-rated quarterback by many analysts can confirm that belief with a big performance at the Scouting Combine. All eyes will be on Trubisky on March 4, the day for quarterbacks to show their stuff at Lucas Oil Stadium. (The News-Herald)

NFL Combine Info - UNC players

The NFL Combine is this week. North Carolina will have a total of seven players participating in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. Here is the complete rundown on when players arrive, how to watch the action, and what the players will be doing while in Indianapolis. (Carolina Blue)

Larry Fedora takes on challenge of rebuilding North Carolina offense

UNC coach Larry Fedora cannot remember a time he had to rebuild an offense to this extent, but then again, that is not something he spends much time thinking about. To those outside the program trying to figure out who will replace every significant offensive playmaker, the task looks bleak. To Fedora, the task is challenging, but not impossible. Not in the least. (ESPN.com)

UNC Football Prioritizing Stopping the Run in 2017

Better continuity should yield better results. The Tar Heels return all of their starting linebackers from 2016, and lose only two of their top twelve defensive linemen. Papuchis thinks they can take other steps, schematically, to improve against the run. What is clear is that run defense is a priority for the 2017 UNC football team and its new defensive coordinator. (Inside Carolina)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2 TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9 TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16 TBD

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6


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