ACC Football Preview: North CarolinaOffensively, QB Marquise Williams has taken a more active role in repairing the bad chemistry that existed among his teammates while gaining more flexibility in his movement after offseason hip surgery. He is surrounded by an abundance of weapons, including WRs Ryan Switzer, Quinshad Davis and Bug Howard, along with a full stable of RBs and a line that returns all five starters. (Wilmington Star News)
Despite loss, a dream come true for Jamie LoebWith Yankees legend Derek Jeter and many of Jamie Loeb's family and friends cheering her on, No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki dispatched Loeb, 6-2, 6-0 in 67 minutes under the midday New York heat on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court. "It obviously wasn't the result I wanted, but I definitely enjoyed myself and I know that I can compete at this level," said Loeb. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Kevin Reddick Claimed by Buffalo BillsThe Buffalo Bills claimed LB Kevin Reddick, who joins the Bills after being released on August 30 by the Carolina Panthers. The 6-1, 240 pound North Carolina product originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013 with the New Orleans Saints. Reddick, who has spent time with the Saints, Panthers and San Diego Chargers, has played in 21 career games. (Buffalo Bills)
Video: UNC's Marquise Williams' Top 5 Plays in 2014UNC's Marquise Williams had a stellar season for the Tar Heels in 2014. Let's look back on Williams' top 5 plays for North Carolina as he looks to lead the Heels greater success in 2015.
UNC hopes offseason defensive overhaul means better resultsThe Tar Heels are coming off a year in which they gave up more points and yards than any other team in school history. That means Thursday's opener against South Carolina in Charlotte will provide the first look at whether the Tar Heels have improved at all. "I think they've absorbed a lot," first-year defensive coordinator Gene Chizik said. (Associated Press)
ICTV: Time to Measure UNC's DefenseUNC's defense was the biggest topic of the offseason and training camp. On Thursday, UNC will get to see how its revamped defense measures up against outside competition. Senior middle linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said the Tar Heel defense plans to test South Carolina's new quarterback, Connor Mitch, and at the same time test the abilities of its own squad. (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC Football: Coordinator Insight vs. South CarolinaUNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and assistant head coach for offense Seth Littrell breakdown the challenges of facing off against South Carolina in the Belk Bowl Kickoff.
2015 Position Breakdown - Defensive LineThe North Carolina defensive line is one of many question marks surrounding UNC's revamped defense. In the two-deep depth chart released Monday, there is an "OR" at every position on the front four, signifying that no one player has won that job outright. The conclusion is that either there is a lot of depth or that no players stood out enough in preseason practice. (Carolina Blue)
QB Kanler Coker Joins UNC BasketballAn injury ended UNC quarterback Kanler Coker's football career, but it has enabled him to realize his dream of becoming a Tar Heel basketball player. The school announced on Tuesday that Coker, a junior, had been added to the roster for the 2015-16 season. He played with the team throughout the summer and has been participating in preseason conditioning. (Inside Carolina)
Week 1 ACC Upset WatchNorth Carolina vs. South Carolina, Thursday, 6 p.m., ESPN. Line: South Carolina by 2.5. The last time these two teams met, South Carolina won easily. But headed into this game, all signs are pointing to UNC. The Tar Heels return 99.5 percent of their total offense from a year ago. That includes quarterback Marquise Williams, the only returning quarterback in the ACC with 35 total touchdowns last year. (ESPN.com)
UNC's Twist on Will LinebackerGene Chizik’s 4-3 scheme and his teaching philosophy have been praised by the Tar Heels throughout the offseason for the simplicity involved. One confusing positional element, at least for fans and media, took until the last week of training camp to figure out. Linebackers coach John Papuchis explained the terminology involved in an effort to eliminate the confusion. (Inside Carolina)
UNC Men's Basketball Roster MovesThe University of North Carolina men’s basketball team has placed senior guard Justin Coleman on an athletics grant-in-aid and added junior guard Kanler Coker to the roster for the 2015-16 season. Coleman, a native of Raleigh, played in 10 games last season and had three assists. He attended Broughton High School and played on the UNC junior varsity team in 2012-13 and 2013-14. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels’ Quinshad Davis has no hard feelings toward GamecocksFollowing his junior year of high school, Quinshad Davis thought he would play college football for South Carolina. Instead, the former Gaffney star is set to face the Gamecocks as a member of the North Carolina football team for the second time. Davis was set to commit to USC, but before he did the Gamecocks received commitments from wide receivers Jody Fuller, Kwinton Smith and Shaq Roland. (The State)
Gene Chizik forces Gamecocks to expect the unexpectedSouth Carolina coach Steve Spurrier can study film from Central Florida and Texas. He can dissect schemes from Iowa State and Auburn. He can analyze all the packages and formations from Gene Chizik’s previous stops. He will uncover some hints. He will decipher some tendencies. Yet, even the strongest threads weaving through Chizik’s career may not tie into his new strategy. (Greenville News)
Opponent Preview: South CarolinaThis season sees Carolina once more opens their season against an SEC team as the Heels will travel to Charlotte to play South Carolina in Bank of America Stadium. South Carolina had a disappointing season last year, going 7-6, including only 3-5 in the SEC. The Wild Chickens will look to start their season off with a win against the Heels. (Tar Heel Blog)
South Carolina Defense Knows It Has Something To ProveOn paper, it looks like a terrible matchup. Abu Lamin sees it as something else entirely. “This is an opportunity to make everybody know that South Carolina is ready to play,” the Gamecocks’ junior defensive tackle said of Thursday’s season opener against North Carolina in Charlotte. “This is a different team. We’re ready to show the world this is not the same Carolina.” (Orangeburg Times & Democrat)
UNC In The WNBA UpdateThe 2015 WNBA regular season has less than two weeks remaining. Let’s check in with UNC’s six former standouts in the league. Camille Little has started all 30 games in her first season with the Connecticut Sun, and is averaging 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Little scored a season-high 22 points against Atlanta on Aug. 23. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Quinshad Davis 1-on-1 with Jones Angell in Kenan StadiumSenior wide receiver Quinshad Davis takes to the field at Kenan Stadium to talk with GoHeels' Jones Angell about his offseason injury recovery, impending touchdown record and season expectations.
Every FBS quarterback ranked No. 1 to 128.13. Marquise Williams, North Carolina: North Carolina’s defense has been an issue in recent years, but the offense should be among the best in the ACC once again. Williams slightly averaged under 300 total yards (296.6) a game in 2014 and recorded 34 overall scores. (Athlon Sports)
New minister of defense: Chizik preaches physicality, schemes for Tar HeelsGene Chizik, former head coach of a national championship team at Auburn, is orchestrating an overhaul of one of the most porous defenses in college football. The alignments have changed. The attitude has been altered. And most importantly to the Tar Heels, the results must be upgraded. “I know we’re not there yet. We started at Square A and we’re trying to get to Z,” Chizik said. (Burlington Times News)
Elijah Hood: "This is the first game of the year. It's not going to define us. We have a lot of football left to play"
Thursday, September 03, 2015 10:43 PMJeff Schoettmer @schoettcalla
Heels, appreciate all the support in CLT... we will continue to improve & we know 1 game does not define our season.
Thursday, September 03, 2015 10:39 PMDavid Hale @DavidHaleESPN
Bug Howard: "They didn't stop us, we stop ourselves. We've just got to continue to work on the things we didn't get done." #UNC
Thursday, September 03, 2015 10:20 PMDavid Hale @DavidHaleESPN
To Marquise's credit, took full responsibility: "Mistakes are on me. I should know what to do and not try to force the football." #UNC
Thursday, September 03, 2015 10:13 PMRoss Martin @Boss_Martin247
UNC players seemed pretty positive in the interviews. A lot of good things to take away from the game.
Thursday, September 03, 2015 10:06 PM
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