Video: UNC Football 2016 Pro Day Recap
On March 22nd, North Carolina Football held its annual Pro Day. Taylor Vippolis reports on what happened while the NFL scouts were assembled in UNC's weight room and on the practice field. Hint: Romar Morris is really fast.
Jonathan Cooper hopes to find his potential and redemption with the Patriots
If a fresh start is what he needed, Jonathan Cooper got his wish this week when the Arizona Cardinals shipped him to Foxboro, along with a second-round pick, in a deal for Chandler Jones. The trade was a good contrast between two former first-round picks.
Mitch Trubisky: North Carolina's offense still will feature QB run
Marquise Williams may be gone, but don’t expect UNC’s offensive game plan to abandon one of its biggest weapons now that Mitch Trubisky is running the show. Trubisky, who played sporadically in 2014 and 2015, was already a more refined passer. But Trubisky said he’s hoping he’ll have ample opportunities to showcase his athleticism this year, too.
Marquise Williams fulfills his dream at UNC Pro Day
There's been speculation about Marquise Williams’ passing ability and how his style of play would translate to the NFL. “If I want to be compared to anybody, it would be Cam (Newton),” Williams said. “He was (also) criticized because he couldn’t throw the ball coming out of college.” But Williams wanted to use Pro Day to remove any doubt about what he could do.
UNC Pro Day: Ethan Farmer still fighting for shot at NFL
Ethan Farmer still has the dream. That’s why almost two years after playing his final game at UNC, Farmer was back at the Tar Heels’ practice field Tuesday, huffing and puffing and performing for dozens of NFL scouts. Farmer, a defensive tackle, was among 14 ex-UNC players being measured and executing drills during the school’s annual Pro Timing Day.
Landon Turner commands attention at UNC’s pro day
For nearly 15 minutes Tuesday, former UNC offensive lineman Landon Turner was the only Tar Heel performing at the school’s pro day. Turner, being worked out by the New England Patriots' offensive line coach, did several drills in front of more than 30 NFL scouts. The 13 other Tar Heels performing at pro day were left to stretch or rest as all eyes were on Turner.
Video: UNC Football Pro Day Recap
Watch as North Carolina's Landon Turner, Shakeel Rashad, Romar Morris and Quinshad Davis, among others, work out for NFL scouts at Tar Heel Football's Pro Day.
Turner's Take: Multiple Routes
The UNC football class of 2016 led the Tar Heels to their first-ever ACC Coastal Division championship to 11 wins and a perfect 7-0 record at home. They made Carolina football must-see TV and relevant in the national conversation into December. And on Tuesday, 11 of those seniors and three of their former teammates took to Navy Fields one last time for Pro Day.
Fedora knows UNC can be better
UNC head coach Larry Fedora spoke with the media near the start of spring practice. Among the topics discussed were quarterback Mitch Trubisky, evaluating last season, the new leaders, questions and depth at linebacker, and new assistant coach Chad Scott.
UNC 2016 NFL Pro Timing Day Tracker
Approximately 15 former UNC players will participate in North Carolina's annual Pro Timing Day on Tuesday, March 22. GoHeels.com and @TarHeelFooball on Twitter will provide updates throughout the morning as official measurements and performances are recorded.
Fort Myers honors Tre Boston
As he received the key to the city, Tre Boston turned to the Fort Myers City Council. The former North Fort Myers High star who played in Super Bowl 50 for the Carolina Panthers, told Mayor Randy Henderson and council members that the honor meant the world to him. “Especially growing up in a place where people often don’t make it out," Boston said. "This is a dream."
Mitch Trubisky: "I’ve never been so excited"
The fair assumption is that Mitch Trubisky, UNC's 6-3, 220-pound quarterback from Ohio, will be taking first team snaps through the spring and into the fall. Unless something crazy happens, expect the junior to be the man this fall. "I’ve never been so excited," Trubisky said. "I’ve been waiting, but it’s time to get going and show everybody what I can do."
Who's the best basketball player on each top 25 CFB team?
18. North Carolina: Bug Howard, WR: We're not mistaking Bug for a basketball player, but the UNC receiver is being recognized for his prowess on the court. Earlier in the season, Howard asked whether a pickup game involving UNC's basketball team at halftime would draw more fans to home football games. Howard averaged more than 20 points per game his senior season in high school.
Former UNC QB Marquise Williams taking leaner body, pocket attitude to pro day
When NFL scouts go to Chapel Hill on Tuesday for UNC’s pro day, they’ll see a different Marquise Williams than what last year’s film shows. Williams finished last season at 228 pounds, and he says he’s down to 215. And they’ll see a quarterback who isn’t too keen on taking off and running at the next level like he did for the Tar Heels.
Jonathan Cooper Plans To Bring A ‘Nasty Side’ To Patriots Offensive Line
The Patriots offensive line, which got manhandled and ultimately proved the team’s downfall in the AFC Championship Game at Mile High, could certainly use some extra talent, but there’s no question they could use more of an edge. New addition Jonathan Cooper says he brings that to the table.