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UNC building on surge that capped last season

The Tar Heels won six of seven to finish the season, including a 39-17 victory against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, a hot streak that has them as a chic pick to win a wide open Coastal Division in Larry Fedora’s third year with the program. That’s not to say he’s got an experienced group, however, with only six seniors projected in the starting lineup. (Roanoke Times)

Stats don't do Darian Durant justice

The CFL's quarterback efficiency rating can paint an incomplete picture. Case in point: Darian Durant. The Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback had an efficiency rating of 59.7 on Saturday, when the Green and White dismantled the Toronto Argonauts 37-9. Durant's rating was at least twice as high in eight of the games the Roughriders played last season en route to winning the Grey Cup. (Regina Leader-Post)

Confident Mike Morin shows his value as Angels reliever

Angels manager Mike Scioscia was asked a few days ago if rookie reliever Mike Morin gained confidence from a strikeout of Miguel Cabrera. He shook his head and chuckled a bit. Morin, he explained, is not lacking confidence. An example off the field, one that occurred way before he was even drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, perfectly illustrates Scioscia's point. (FOX Sports)

Video: Larry Fedora Goes Through ESPN's 'Car Wash'

Larry Fedora went through the 'Car Wash' at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut on Monday. Follow the Tar Heel head coach around as he was interviewed live on SportsCenter and close to a dozen other ESPN shows. View Video...

Big Four Breakdown: North Carolina

The experience of a super-young team rallying to save a season gives Larry Fedora a wealth of game experience on his depth chart. Returning almost all of his scoring, along with continuity at kicker and punter is nothing to smirk at. Even without the services of Eric Ebron and Co., expect the Tar Heels to be considerably better in 2014, no matter the signal-caller. (Raleigh & Company)

ESPN Top 100 College Football Players: Ryan Switzer

99 (tie): Ryan Switzer, North Carolina Tar Heels, Wide receiver/returner, Sophomore: He was one of the most electrifying punt returners in the country. Switzer tied an NCAA record and set the ACC record with five punt returns for touchdowns. He became just the second player in NCAA history to do it in three straight games. (ESPN.com)

Q&A with Larry Fedora, Part V

Marquise Williams talked about the improved commitment from everyone on the team. Have you noticed a culture change with the players? Larry Fedora: "The culture has changed. That was a big part of when we came here feeling like there were things in the program that we needed to change. Not so much that it wasn’t good, for what we expected as coaches there needed to be a culture change." (Inside Carolina)

Vigil, memorial planned for slain professor Feng Liu

The UNC-Chapel Hill community will hold a vigil Wednesday and a memorial service Saturday to remember Feng Liu, who was killed last week during an alleged robbery. Two men have been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in Liu’s death. (Chapel Hill News)

Jackson Simmons Seeking Strong Finish

Jackson Simmons’s senior season at North Carolina has finally arrived and he’s intent on providing even more contributions on his way out. “The road is coming to an end; this is my senior year,” Simmons told reporters recently at the Smith Center. “There are a lot of things that we want to accomplish that a lot of these guys in here [wall photos of former Tar Heels] have put up in the rafters.” (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heel Countdown: Georgia Tech

Just like on the offensive line, the Yellow Jackets will have to replace three key players from last year's team on the defensive line, including All-America defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu, who had 31.5 sacks in his collegiate career. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Julius Peppers’ goal: Win the Super Bowl

Julius Peppers is out to win a ring. He made that clear on Monday. Of all the things that attracted Peppers to Green Bay in free agency – the challenge of playing outside linebacker as opposed to defensive end, the chance to refute the naysayers who believe at 34 years old he can’t make an impact anymore – it’s the pursuit of a title that trumps them all. (Green Bay Packers)

Zach Brown still 'under the gun' with new Titans staff

Titans linebacker Zach Brown created all kinds of positive buzz after his rookie season in 2012. He ended it on a roll, collecting two interceptions and returning both for touchdowns in the season-finale against the Jaguars. Brown's play-making reputation cooled down last season, however, while questions about his attitude and work ethic heated up. (Nashville Tennessean)

Injury-Free Jeff Schoettmer Eager For Carolina Football Campaign

The 2014 Carolina football season is just a month away, and with preseason training camp just days away, under-the-radar UNC linebacker Jeff Schoettmer, who is coming off offseason shoulder surgery, promises be an impact performer for the Tar Heels this fall. (Chapelboro.com)

Dustin Ackley continues hot hitting in July

This is the Dustin Ackley the Seattle Mariners have been waiting for. And with the outfielder’s newfound success in the batter’s box has come a new position in the lineup, one that manager Lloyd McClendon believes best suits Ackley, so long as he sustains the approach that has led to a productive July. Sunday’s effort boosted Ackley’s July batting average to .375, and bumped his season average to .251. (Tacoma News Tribune)

CB Jabari Price leaning on technique, not athleticism

Vikings rookie cornerback beamed when asked about playing in pads first the first time on Sunday. He was known as an aggressive corner at North Carolina, where Price said he leaned on his natural ability to cover receivers. That won’t cut it on this level, and Price is well aware of that as he hones the technique head coach Mike Zimmer and secondary coach Jerry Gray are teaching the corners. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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