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Sylvester Williams fined for hit on Lions QB Matthew Stafford
The Broncos elbowed their way to the top of the defensive rankings with a blend of aggressiveness and intimidation. It has come at a cost. Wednesday, nose tackle Sylvester Williams told The Denver Post he was fined for his third-quarter hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in Sunday's 24-12 victory. The league docked Williams $8,681 for unnecessary roughness.
UNC WR Mack Hollins Emerges from Early Funk
For three games, one of North Carolina’s most promising receivers was shut out of the end zone. Mack Hollins reacquainted himself with that area against Delaware last weekend. “It just felt good to cross the goal line this season,” Hollins said after practice on Tuesday. “I think to get that out of the way before ACC play, it felt good.”
Turner's Take: Most Valuable Possessions
Assignment discipline. Those are the two words that come up most often for a defense preparing to face Georgia Tech under head coach Paul Johnson. No matter the defensive scheme, no matter the coordinators or players, assignment discipline has been drilled into their heads. Johnson calls his offense the flex bone, but it’s usually referred to by opponents as the triple option.
Is 2015 the year North Carolina finally breaks through?
Is now the time to finally believe in North Carolina? This season might be shaping up to be the one in which the Tar Heels finally break through. They're 3-1 for the first time since 2011 and can make an early ACC statement with a win as a road underdog at Georgia Tech, where they haven't won in nearly two decades. "A bunch of guys are fed up," junior receiver Ryan Switzer said.
Mack Hollins: ‘A different type of human being’
Mack Hollins’ team-best eight touchdowns in 2014 garnered him honorable mention All-ACC accolades. But it also has drawn the attention of opposing defenses. A consistent target on special teams, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver now hears his number called on offense. “They’re giving me that respect of the deep threat, which is always a good challenge,” he says with a broad smile.
Georgia Tech A-back Broderick Snoddy may not play vs. North Carolina
Georgia Tech A-back Broderick Snoddy’s playing status for Saturday’s game against North Carolina is uncertain. The swift-footed senior has a hand injury and did not practice Wednesday. Snoddy suffered the injury early in the loss to Duke last Saturday but remained in the game. Snoddy’s status for Saturday will be released in the Thursday injury report, coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday after practice.
UNC linebackers coach John Papuchis: "Refusing to get blocked"
Georgia Tech's offense is so different that UNC has been working on it every week since the beginning of training camp. CarolinaBlue spoke with North Carolina linebackers coach John Papuchis to get the low-down on how to defend against the triple option, the Yellow Jacket blocking scheme, and depth chart and strategy heading into the weekend.
Opponent Preview: Georgia Tech
North Carolina comes into Atlanta to open ACC play against Georgia Tech. Tech has lost its past two games, each of which were on the road. The Yellow Jackets lost to Notre Dame in week 3 before losing to Duke in their ACC opener last week. Georgia Tech runs the triple option, unique among all the teams Carolina will play this season.
M.J. Stewart everywhere for UNC football
Sophomore cornerback M.J. Stewart has been everywhere for the Tar Heels, four games into his sophomore campaign. He leads UNC with two interceptions, three passes broken up and five passes defended. Stewart has already matched his pick total from the 12 games of his freshman season. “I don’t think it’s me. I think it’s more (defensive backs) Coach (Charlton) Warren,” said Stewart.
UNC DBs Coach Charlton Warren Offering Option Insight
In 1998, Air Force won the WAC Championship with a 12-1 record behind Fisher DeBerry’s triple-option offense and a stout defense that allowed less than 300 yards per game. UNC head coach Larry Fedora served as DeBerry’s wide receivers coach that season, while secondary coach Charlton Warren was a standout defensive back for the Falcons.
Fedora, Chizik talk Georgia Tech Prep
Larry Fedora and Gene Chizik spoke to the media after Wednesday's practice about stopping Georgia Tech, coach Charlton Warren, and the triple option. Larry Fedora on Georgia Tech preparation: "We've had three good days of preparation so far and the game plan is in, the guys understand it, and tomorrow we'll polish it up."
Tar Heels In The NFL - Week Three
Since being drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, Quinton Coples has been a force to be reckoned with on the Jets defense. The linebacker from Kinston recorded 16.5 sacks over the past three seasons under the tutelage of former Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
Georgia Tech offense’s ‘just play’ mandate
Part of the problem for the Georgia Tech offensive line in recent games may be falling into a trap of overthinking. Coach Paul Johnson said Monday at his weekly news conference that players may be anticipating too much. “We’ve got problems we’ve got to take care of from an execution standpoint,” Johnson said.
Offensive Line: Health, Redshirting, Recruiting
After Tuesday's UNC practice, CarolinaBlue went in-depth with offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic on a number of topics including the current health of the offensive line, the possibility of playing true freshmen, and recruiting challenges. "We have gone in with seven guys the last two weeks," Coach Kap started. "I'm praying that we can have eight for this one. Right now we don't."
Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas needs to trust teammates
It is far from the biggest problem that the Georgia Tech offense is facing right now, coach Paul Johnson was sure to make clear Monday, but he recognized that quarterback Justin Thomas has been trying too hard to make plays for the Yellow Jackets to the detriment of the offense.