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UNC’s Williams thriving on the competition...if it’s really a competition at all

Despite completing 58 percent of his passes for 1,765 yards and 15 touchdowns, along with leading his team in rushing, Marquise Williams still finds himself in a position of having to prove himself. Williams enters fall camp running neck-and-neck with Mitch Trubisky. The fact that he’s being asked to re-earn his position against a redshirt freshman might be construed as a vote of no-confidence to some. But not Williams. (Wilmington Star News)

Marquise Williams Aiming to Sack Reputation

Marquise Williams is not really sure how he came to be known as an inefficient passer. He intends to shred that myth, however, with accurate throws in his first full season as North Carolina’s starting quarterback. Williams bristled at times last fall when asked about his mechanics and any potential accuracy issues. (Inside Carolina)

Marquise ‘Competition’ Williams Fired Up For 2014

At the 2014 ACC Football Kickoff, held at the Grandover Resort down the road in Greensboro, UNC quarterback Marquise Williams shared his excitement for the season ahead, explaining how the Tar Heels are hungrier than ever to achieve big things on the football field this fall. “We’re excited about the guys we have returning. It’s going to be very special to see what we do this year." (Chapelboro.com)

Video: Norkeithus Otis Speaks with Media at ACC Kickoff

North Carolina bandit Norkeithus Otis discusses stepping into more of a leadership role, off-season workouts, and what he's hoping to improve on heading into the fall. (Inside Carolina)

Ryan Switzer’s right choice

Ryan Switzer is in a good mood. When I caught up with him on Metronews Talkline Monday, he had just finished a morning workout and was headed for an 11:30 class at the University of North Carolina. “I’m very happy down here in Chapel Hill,” said the West Virginia native and former George Washington High School standout football player. “The people are great, and it’s a great college town.” (West Virginia Metro News)

Video: Marquise Williams Addresses Media at ACC Kickoff

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams talks about the Tar Heels' team goals for the season, the competition at the quarterback spot and all the weapons he has on offense. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Football Striving for 9 (or More) Wins

It’s been 17 years since North Carolina won nine or more games and finished the season ranked in a Top-25 poll. Marquise Williams had just turned five years old when Carl Torbush took over for Mack Brown and led UNC to a 42-3 dismantling of Virginia Tech in the 1998 Gator Bowl. The Tar Heels finished that season with an 11-1 record and a No. 4 ranking in the final coaches poll (No. 6 AP). (Inside Carolina)

Williams, Otis ACC Media Q and A's

UNC veterans Marquise Williams and Norkeithus Otis were selected to represent North Carolina at the annual Atlantic Coast Conference Media Days, held this year at the Grandover Resort. Williams heads into the new season as the likely starting quarterback, while Otis has emerged the past two seasons as a mainstay for the Tar Heels at the defensive 'Bandit' position. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Connor Barth ready to resume record-setting NFL career after injury

Connor Barth tore his right Achilles' tendon last July and missed the 2013 season – one filled with turmoil for his Tampa Bay Buccaneers and personal frustration from having to rework his contract, losing millions of dollars in the process. His recovery complete, Barth heads to Bucs training camp this week refreshed and at the point where he now says he's better than ever. (Wilmington Star News)

Stuart Scott's ESPYs speech was his finest television moment

As Scott graced the stage at the Nokia Theatre, there was no need for his usual catchphrases and any sort of shtick. He spoke as a man constantly reminded of his own mortality, one who had just been through four surgeries in the past ten days and wasn’t even sure over the weekend if he would have the strength to be at the show. It was raw, it was honest and it was inspiring. (USA Today)

Former Tar Heel Jessica Breland basks in WNBA all-star aura

This is a pretty big year for Jessica Breland, not to make the biggest understatement of the year. The 6-foot-3 Chicago Sky forward, acquired during the off-season in free agency, is putting up the best numbers in her three WNBA seasons. By far. (Chicago Daily Herald)

Basketball manager Rich LaGrotta had a plan, stuck with it to get to Chapel Hill

Rick LaGrotta recently completed his third school year at UNC. He's been working as a manager for the basketball team all that time, going on the road with Roy Williams' teams and hanging with the pros-to-be around campus. It's been a pretty sweet deal for a sports buff. And he received another letter in recent weeks. "Full scholarship. We want you to be the head manager for the basketball team." (SILive.com)

Report: Bucks will claim Kendall Marshall off waivers

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Kendall Marshall's non-guaranteed contract on Friday, in order to utilize every bit of cap space they can squeeze out this summer. The plan was to wait for Marshall to clear waivers then sign him back for the minimum contract he was already getting. The Lakers wanted to retain Marshall's services, but the Milwaukee Bucks aren't going to let that happen. (CBS Sports)

Logan, Switzer add game-changing element for Tar Heels

At UNC, special teams is just as important as offense and defense -- and the unit embraces that role. Heading into a new season, sophomore return men Ryan Switzer and T.J. Logan hope their impact will be seen on the scoreboard every Saturday. Times are changing, and in Chapel Hill, the third phase of the game now favors the Tar Heels in most ACC match-ups. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Jeff Schoettmer expecting big things in 2014

Last year, UNC linebacker Jeff Schoettmer had a breakout season. As a sophomore in 2013, the Dallas (TX) native appeared in all 13 games and started 11 at middle linebacker. He recorded 85 tackles for the year. With a firm handle on the defensive side of the ball, Schoettmer has high hopes for the 2014 Tar Heels, expectations that include an ACC division championship. (Carolina Blue)

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