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Age question follows Julius Peppers

You might think Julius Peppers would bristle at the question by now. After all, he has heard it more than once since he signed with the Green Bay Packers in March. Still, the veteran pass-rusher appears to take it in stride every time he is asked how much he could possibly have left in the tank after 12 NFL seasons. "There's not a lot of 34-year-old defensive ends playing in the league," Peppers said. (ESPN.com)

Mysteries Abound as Carolina Football Reaches Game Week

Game week is upon Chapel Hill. After all the hard preparation in the long offseason, UNC head coach Larry Fedora says the Tar Heels are eager to suit it up and hit somebody in a different color uniform Saturday. But a number of unresolved questions are hovering around the team with the home opener just four days away. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC's Jack Tabb has big shoes to fill after departure of Eric Ebron

A life spent moving around the world has given Jack Tabb the ability to adapt to different situations. That skill should be especially helpful this fall as Tabb replaces one of the most personable and talented players to ever suit up for UNC. When tight end Eric Ebron decided last November to forego his final year at UNC to enter the NFL draft, Tabb knew his role for the Tar Heels was about to change. (Fayetteville Observer)

Fedora: No. 23 UNC still deciding on starting QB

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora isn't ready to name a starting quarterback for the No. 23 Tar Heels. Fedora said Monday the coaches haven't decided whether junior Marquise Williams or redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky will start against Liberty in Saturday's opener. Fedora says both have taken first-team reps during preseason camp, and he hasn't publicly committed to a deadline for naming a starter. (ABC 11)

UNC Line Play Remains a Concern

No. 23 North Carolina will take the Kenan Stadium field on Saturday with the most preseason hype surrounding the program since 2010. Whether the Tar Heels meet those expectations or not, however, will be largely dependent on their line play. “I said going into this, I’m concerned with our depth on both fronts, the offensive and defensive lines,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora told reporters on Monday. (Inside Carolina)

Rams’ Robert Quinn could be the next leader in NFL sack race

The NFL’s next great pass rusher can be found across the state from Pass Rush City. St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn came within a half-sack of leading the NFL last season with 19. And he’s just 24 years old. Quinn could get a jump in the sack race this year because Indianapolis’ Robert Mathis, who led the league with 19 1/2 last year, will be serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. (Kansas City Star)

The Obvious Choice in UNC's Quarterback Race

Only one player can take the first snap of the game. For now, it appears that player will be Marquise Williams. No, Larry Fedora hasn’t come out and said this, and likely won’t until 6 p.m. on Aug. 30 because as he said Monday morning, “it bothers everybody and that just gives me pleasure.” Even Ryan Switzer, Trubisky’s roommate, says he’ll likely find out the starting quarterback on Saturday. (Carolina Blue)

Video: UNC Football Weekly Press Conference Recap - Liberty

Larry Fedora and Ryan Switzer discuss the running backs, quarterback competition, improvements offensively and more as the Tar Heels prepare for Liberty this weekend. View Video...

Larry Fedora Press Conference Notes and This Week's Depth Chart

There is a lot of "OR" on UNC's depth chart. The focal point will be on the lack of decision at quarterback which shouldn't shock anyone who has been paying attention. It also matters very little since chances are both Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky will see a fair number of snaps in the opener. At running back, Romar Morris is listed with T.J. Logan and freshman Elijah Hood is paired off with Khris Francis. (Tar Heel Blog)

Chase Rice Takes Music To The Top

There was a time in Chase Rice's life when late August meant preparation for the Carolina season opener. Now, he's about to start a nationwide tour on the back of a new album that currently heads the iTunes country charts. Rice spent five years in Chapel Hill as a Tar Heel linebacker, going out in style with a career-high 10 tackles in his final home game--a victory over Duke--in 2008. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Linebacker Corps Adding Depth & Talent

UNC’s linebacking corps has transformed during the offseason into the anchor of a defense that could be improved in 2014. Just eight months ago, North Carolina was forced to start a free safety at linebacker in its 39-17 Belk Bowl victory over Cincinnati. Last August, tight end Jack Tabb switched sides to provide more depth at an already-thin linebacker spot. (Inside Carolina)

Turner's Take: Game Week Begins

“Well it’s finally here,” Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora said at his first game week press conference of the 2014 season. “I think it’s something like 245 days since we lined up against another opponent, so I think our team is extremely excited,” Fedora added. And his math checks out: Saturday, it will have been 245 days since the Tar Heels took the field against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. (GoHeels.com)

UNC women's soccer looks to stronger future

Why did former North Carolina women’s soccer team stars Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai get selected first and second overall in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League Draft in January? According to Coach Anson Dorrance, they were the best in the country at creating and scoring goals — a skill in the game he believes is the hardest to find. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Football's Top Five Critical Players

North Carolina kicks off the 2014 football season against Liberty University at 6:00 PM this Saturday August 30th in Kenan Stadium. CarolinaBlue looks at the top five most critical players on the North Carolina roster that are crucial for the team's success this season. Not necessarily the most talented or skilled players, this list includes guys whose role and impact is the most valuable. (Carolina Blue)

Duke, UNC field hockey prep for season with friendly exhibition

It’s not often when folks wearing Duke and North Carolina colors gather when nothing important is on the line. Sunday, though, offered a learning experience that’s become the norm for the field hockey squads from the rival schools. Duke and UNC held their annual preseason exhibition match in the sport, which UNC has excelled at on the national level for years and Duke made its big move with an NCAA Tournament runner-up finish last year. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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