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Smiley returns at good time for Heels
Sam Smiley started out working with the third defensive rotation at strong safety upon his return to practice, but by the time the Spring Game...

Talent Building in UNC's Secondary
Jabari Price and Tre Boston graduated, while Tim Scott shifted to free safety from corner. Those significant changes, however, didn’t prevent other members of the...

2013 Season Preview: Linebackers and Secondary
UNCs secondary kept getting thinner and thinner as last season went on. The Heels are already off to a bad start in that regard this...

Tar Heels hope to stay healthy on defense
UNC finished training camp Monday relatively healthy, with the notable exception of the safeties, where three of the top four players at the position missed...

UNC defense 'not even close,' Koenning says
For a while it was a running joke among UNC coaches about how much depth the Tar Heels had on defense. The days of joking...

Football notebook: August 7
North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora has preached the necessity of depth for his Tar Heel team since practices began a week ago. But with...

Season-Ending Injuries For UNC Trio
After one week of training camp, three North Carolina players have been lost for the season due to injuries. Head coach Larry Fedora announced the...

UNC veteran DBs in and out of spring mix
Several Tar Heel defensive backs have taken advantage of extra repetitions in the first and second rotations, while others have been shelved with various injuries...

2013 Comeback Stories?
Defensive back Sam Smiley, linebacker Phillip Williamson and wide receiver T.J. Thorpe are expected to be back on field when spring drills begin. The recovering...

New trio joins long list of Tar Heel injured
Starting safety Sam Smiley, who is second on the team with 23 tackles, and backup tight end Jack Tabb were both held out of practice...

Free Safety Free-for-All
While much of the defense is currently working on repetitions leading up to the season opener on Sept. 1, Sam Smiley and Darien Rankin are...

Sam Smiley fighting for starting job
UNC redshirt freshman Sam Smiley is in the midst of a heated position battle with fellow redshirt freshman Darien Rankin this summer for UNC's open...

Smiley Undergoes Successful Surgery; Hunter To Transfer; Walk-on Additions
North Carolina freshman cornerback Sam Smiley had successful surgery Friday morning to repair a fracture of his right middle finger. The injury occurred in Monday's...

Jabari Price Locked In
Even though Jabari Price has only been campus for a little more than 12 months, he’s now considered an elder statesman at corner since Mywan...

ATH Sam Smiley still weighing options
Sam Smiley has three schools left on his list of choices. Each likes him at a different position. With signing day nearing, the 6-foot, 170-pound...

CB Sam Smiley has UNC in top 3
The 6-foot, 170-pound Sam Smiley is down to North Carolina, Purdue and Middle Tennessee. The Times-Union Super 24 selection played quarterback this past season for...