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Video: Ryan Switzer on "Coaching with Caleb Pressley"

Caleb Pressley questions Ryan Switzer about his childhood in the second installment of "Coaching with Caleb Pressley." View Video...

One Thing to Watch: Liberty

Carolina’s secondary will be tested Saturday by a veteran quarterback and a talented group of wide receivers. Liberty junior Josh Woodrum led the Big South conference in passing yards and touchdowns a year ago and was one of the nation’s most efficient passers. Woodrum led the Flames to a 5-0 start, and the team finished 8-4 with a share of the Big South championship. (GoHeels.com)

Training Days

They’re in the huddle. They’re on the sideline. They’re in the dugout, by the pool, or at the track. Athletic trainers are ready to attend to the medical needs of Tar Heel student-athletes. And though you might only see them on game days, the work of the athletic trainers at Carolina goes well beyond taping ankles and icing elbows. (GoHeels.com)

Elijah Hood could be big for Tar Heels' backfield

Being on the wrong side of a blow from UNC freshman running back Elijah Hood is not a pleasant experience. “Hood is like a bull in a china closet,” Larry Fedora said. “He’s 225 pounds, he’s got great speed and he likes to run into things. When he breaks through, he’s not looking to avoid contact. He’s looking for something to run into — our team, their team, it doesn’t matter. He just wants something to hit.” (ESPN.com)

Jettisoned by Bears, rejuvenated Peppers taking Lambeau Leap of faith

Julius Peppers didn’t want to end his NFL career on a tormenting note, wondering, “What if?” Thanks to the Green Bay Packers, he doesn’t have to. After 12 seasons as one of the top defensive lineman of his generation, Peppers is getting the chance to reinvent himself. He had toyed with shifting to outside linebacker in the past, but fate -- and an admitted touch of self-doubt -- kept him at defensive end. (FOX Sports)

DT Ethan Farmer Cleared to Play

Ethan Farmer has been cleared to play in 2014, UNC confirmed on Thursday morning. The starting senior defensive tackle had been awaiting word on an academic eligibility appeal to the NCAA, according to sources. Farmer, a Tabor City, N.C. native, is the only returning starter along UNC’s defensive line. Farmer started all 13 games in 2013, totaling 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. (Inside Carolina)

Ryan Switzer Embracing The Stage

A first-team All-America punt return specialist by many publications, now supported by barrels of pre-season accolades, Ryan Switzer is the first person mentioned when pundits speak of the Tar Heels. Not bad for a true sophomore who doesn't shy away from the hype. "I've always liked playing against guys that are game-planning for me and want to shut me down," Switzer said. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Suspensions Pulling Focus From Liberty

UNC football head coach Larry Fedora says he can’t help but worry that this week’s focus on an off-the-field incident has taken some of his player’s focus off of Liberty. Wednesday’s announcement of four suspensions removes cornerbacks Des Lawrence, M.J. Stewart, and Brian Walker, as well as Donnie Miles from the season opener against the Flames. (Chapelboro.com)

Art’s Angle: Happy Birthday, Four Corners!

This week, 35 years ago, Four Corners opened on Franklin Street. I know because I was there as one of the original owners, along with then-UNC assistant basketball coach Eddie Fogler and about six other limited partners who “always wanted to open a sports bar.” Four Corners was always, as it remains today, the eatery most associated with UNC Sports. (Chapelboro.com)

Roy Williams: Carolina schedule 'off the charts'

Glancing over the challenges of UNC’s schedule prompted Roy Williams to say, “This one may be a little off the charts.” The Tar Heels face a slate highlighted by the Battle 4 Atlantis with potential matchups against Oklahoma, UCLA, Florida or Wisconsin. The marquee games continue at home against Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago against Ohio State. (ESPN.com)

Crowley, offensive line must play beyond their years

Though Lucas Crowley is closer to a veteran than a rookie, offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic said he has to remember that his center is just as young as the majority of the offensive line. “We laugh about that because he’s a six-game vet,” Kapilovic said. “That’s crazy to say that a guy who has played six games is a vet on the line, but it’s kind of true." (Carolina Blue)

Student athletes as artists

Senior Benton Moss started playing baseball at 5 years old. Not long after that, he started playing the piano, at 7 years old. Moss has served as a starting pitcher for UNC’s baseball team since his freshman year, and he said he hopes to one day record his own music. (Daily Tar Heel)

Four Football Players Suspended For Liberty Game

University of North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora has suspended sophomore Des Lawrence, redshirt freshman Donnie Miles, freshman M.J. Stewart and sophomore Brian Walker for Saturday's game against Liberty. The one-game suspension stems from a violation of team policy. "We hold our players accountable for their actions at all times," said head coach Fedora. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Fedora Announces Suspension of 4 Defensive Backs

Larry Fedora announced the suspension of four defensive backs for the first game of the season as the Tar Heels take on Liberty Saturday, August 30th. View Video...

Source: UNC Investigating ‘Prank Gone Wrong’

What’s the difference between hazing and a prank gone wrong? A UNC source close to the football program says the media has the incident the University is investigating all wrong. “This has nothing to do with hazing,” the source says. “It was a prank that went badly, and the kid (Boyer) is horrified that he has been identified.” (Chapelboro.com)

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