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UNC defense faces stiff test in Miami, Johnson

Miami poses a much stiffer challenge than the Virginia offense did a week ago. Not only do the Hurricanes have better offensive statistics across the board but they also possess running back Duke Johnson, arguably the best tailback in the ACC. UNC coach Larry Fedora knows the Tar Heels can ill-afford to get off to a slow start and fall behind early in Miami. (Carolina Blue)

CBSSports.com's Top 100 college basketball players for 2014-15

3. Marcus Paige, UNC. Paige developed into the best offensive guard in the NCAA last season with his ability to not only consistently get into the middle of the lane, but also with his further-developed outside jumper. He'll be the engine that makes UNC's high-powered offense go. 61. Brice Johnson, UNC. 89. Justin Jackson, UNC. (CBS Sports)

One Thing to Watch: Miami

Miami junior running back Duke Johnson is the latest in a long line of terrific tailbacks at The U. In the last 15 years alone, Miami has produced Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis and Edgerrin James, yet Duke Johnson moved into the Top 10 on the schools all-time rushing yards list in just the first game of his junior season. UNC’s open-field tackling woes collide with Johnson on Saturday. (GoHeels.com)

UNC D Prepping for Hurricane O

UNC’s defense has shown signs of life in recent weeks. The Tar Heels will have to continue that improvement against an explosive Miami offense on Saturday. After a shaky first half against Virginia last Saturday, the UNC defense finally turned things around in the final two quarters. Head coach Larry Fedora stressed how important it was that his team be ready to play from the opening whistle. (Inside Carolina)

Cincinnati Bengals = UNC North

The Cincinnati Bengals are becoming a team where former UNC football players can play and thrive. The former AFC North champions started the season with three Tar Heels on the roster in running back Gio Bernard, wide receiver/returner Brandon Tate, and rookie center Russell Bodine. Now the Bengals haved added former UNC wide receiver Greg Little and after two games, it seems Little might have found a role in the jungle. (Carolina Blue)

St. Louis Rams Add Travis Bond to Practice Squad

The St. Louis Rams have added former UNC offensive lineman Travis Bond to their practice squad. Bond, who spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers last season, was in training camp with the Rams and performed well before struggling in the preseason finale against Miami. The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder has great size and the potential to be a legitimate mauler at guard. (Arch Authority)

Cayson Collins looks to boost UNC's defense against Miami

For eight weeks Cayson Collins thought too much. He wasn’t confident in what he knew about the defensive system. He constantly worried about making mistakes. His time on the field was limited and when he was in-between the sidelines, he didn’t do much: just six tackles in UNC’s first seven games. Against Virginia on Saturday though, Collins stopped thinking. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina Rundown: October 30

Marvin Williams had 19 for the Hornets. John Henson had five points for the Bucks. Wayne Ellington had 13 points for the Lakers, and Ed Davis had 14 points and nine rebounds. Harrison Barnes started for the Warriors and scored nine points.Tyler Zeller had six points in his first game for Boston. Tyler Hansbrough had five points. Vince Carter posted four points in his Memphis debut. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Getting To Know Wayne Ellington

The Los Angeles Lakers signed 6’4? shooting guard Wayne Ellington to a partially guaranteed contract before the start of training camp. The former North Carolina Tar Heel, known for his ability to shoot from deep, entered the league in 2009 and has had stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, and most recently, the Dallas Mavericks. (Lakers Nation)

Video: Wednesday Football Post-Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora and linebacker Cayson Collins talk Wednesday about getting off to a strong start, stopping Duke Johnson, and preparing for Miami. View Video...

Size, range, balance mark resurgent Tar Heels

The Tar Heels have improved their balance this season — with remodeled players in the post and three impact freshmen surrounding ACC preseason player of the year Marcus Paige — leading to hopes for a deep run in 2014-15. “This will be the most confident I’ve been going into a season,” junior forward Brice Johnson said at the ACC’s preseason media day. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Roy Williams defends ethics; Swofford says he was unaware of issues at UNC

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said that he chose a career in athletics administration because of his belief in the marriage between academics and athletics. Swofford, who served as the athletic director at UNC from 1980-97 before assuming his current role, and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams faced questions about the failed marriage at UNC during the ACC’s preseason basketball event Wednesday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Swofford says AFAM scandal ‘never arose any issue’ during his watch as UNC AD

ACC commissioner John Swofford, speaking at the ACC’s Operation Basketball event, did his best to dance around questions concerning UNC and the findings announced last week in a report by independent investigator Kenneth Wainstein. He was especially guarded when asked about his own involvement in the controversy, which began while he was serving as the Tar Heels’ athletic director. (Wilmington Star News)

Despite drop, Packers won’t hesitate to throw to Julius Peppers again

For years, coaches have been fascinated by the red zone potential of pass-rusher Julius Peppers, considering his size, athleticism and basketball background. The Packers were the latest to try it, and even though a potential touchdown pass clanked off his hands Sunday night, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he wouldn’t hesitate calling Peppers’ number again. (NBC Sports)

Wednesday Larry Fedora Quotes

UNC's defense has played better the last couple of weeks. Who are the key players there that are making some improvement for you? Larry Fedora: “Nazair Jones, he gets better every week. Tyler Powell is back healthy, helps us inside. You have Jeff Schoettmer. You have Norkeithus Otis. I would say our safeties are very instrumental for us stopping the run, of fitting where they need to fit.” (Inside Carolina)

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