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UNC could have the best corner duo in the nation
Overlooked in North Carolina’s 11-win season was the performance of the Tar Heels’ secondary. The corners, in particular, are incredibly talented. Senior Des Lawrence and...

Top 100 ACC Football Players
A list of the 100 best players in the ACC this coming season, according to the website Southern Pigskin. Players from UNC: 96. Mack Hollins,...

The ACC's 15 Most Underrated Football Players for 2016
Des Lawrence/M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina: Both Lawrence and Stewart earned a mention on the ACC’s all-conference team last season, but these two players deserve...

UNC secondary could be one of the best in the ACC
North Carolina junior cornerback M.J. Stewart tied for the ACC lead in passes defended with 18 last season, earning second-team all-conference honors. His four interceptions...

The 101 best players in college football
41. M.J. Stewart, CB, UNC: A PFF College First Team All-American last year as a slot corner, Stewart is coming off an outstanding 2015 season...

Tar Heels Help Kick Off Summer Reading Program
Student-athletes at the UNC dedicate their summer to more than just summer school and training. On June 10, nearly 20 Tar Heels participated in the...

M.J. Stewart Named to Lott Award Watch List
Forty-two of the top defensive players in the country have been nominated for the 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced Wednesday at a luncheon...

ACC post-spring position rankings: Secondary
5. North Carolina: The Tar Heels had the No. 3 pass defense in the ACC last season under first-year assistant Charlton Warren, another sign of...

UNC's Stewart, Hughes admit guilt in October assault
UNC junior cornerback M.J. Stewart and former cornerback Michael Hughes each admitted guilt Monday to an assault charge stemming from an incident at a Franklin...

UNC football continues to make recruiting inroads in Northern Virginia, Maryland under Larry Fedora
In Fedora’s four recruiting classes since he took over in Chapel Hill in 2012, North Carolina has signed 10 Washington, D.C. area players. Virginia and...

By the numbers: Debating the ACC's best cornerbacks
Des Lawrence is another interesting case. He was targeted 49 times and didn’t allow a touchdown. He also picked off two passes and broke up...

Turner Named First-Team All-America By Phil Steele
North Carolina senior guard Landon Turner was named a first-team All-America by Phil Steele and 10 Tar Heels were named to his All-ACC team. Earning...

UNC vs. Clemson Preview
UNC's defensive line will tasked with preventing Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson from scrambling. Cornerbacks M.J. Stewart and Des Lawrence will be essential in containing the...

Exit Sandman, enter a new Coastal champ
The Tar Heels’ defense took center stage in Saturday’s Coastal Division clinching win at Virginia Tech. LB Shakeel Rashad had 15 tackles, DT Nazair Jones...

Lawrence, Stewart form the swat team for UNC football
This season, only three defensive backs in college football have 10 or more pass break-ups against Power 5 opponents. Two of them reside in the...

M.J. Stewart returns to UNC football, leads secondary
In his first game back from suspension, UNC cornerback M.J. Stewart compiled six tackles, one sack and three pass breakups while matched up against arguably...

Best Moments of Brian Walker's Career as a Tar Heel
Walker had mostly been used as a nickel corner this season, having been overtaken on the depth chart by MJ Stewart, Des Lawrence, Malik Simmons...

Five Thoughts on UNC's 26-19 Win Over Pittsburgh
A year ago the UNC pass defense was much maligned. That's no longer the case thanks in part to the play of cornerbacks Des Lawrence...

Video: UNC Secondary Comes Up Big vs. Pitt
Des Lawrence (7 tackles, 4 PBU, TFL) and M.J. Stewart (3 PBU, sack) lead the Tar Heel secondary to a standout performance against Pittsburgh on...

UNC defense is "ready to roll"
Sitting at 6-1, UNC heads into the toughest stretch of their schedule, beginning against a stout Pittsburgh team. The Tar Heels are closer to full...

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