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Cleveland Browns facing ghost of Bernie Kosar with Mitch Trubisky?

What if he's another Bernie Kosar?" That's what someone mentioned to me when we were talking about Mitch Trubisky. The former Mentor High School quarterback announced Monday that he has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns have the first pick. (Cleveland.com)

Video: Meet the 2017 UNC Football Early Enrollees

The Tar Heels welcomed eight new football student-athletes to campus on Wednesday. All eight graduated early from high school and enrolled at UNC for the 2017 spring semester. View Video...

Rams DE Robert Quinn trying to rebound from 'frustrating' two years

There was a point early in the 2016 season when Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn felt like himself again, like the menacing edge rusher who went to back-to-back Pro Bowls and compiled 40 sacks over a three-year stretch. Then the injuries crept up, and Quinn has now been limited to 15 starts over the last two years. (ESPN.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Rough Ride Coming For UNC Football?

This could be an unprecedented plummet – from favorites in the Coastal to dropping toward the bottom of the division in 2017. Among bowl teams Miami, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Virginia Tech, which will be picked to finish lower than UNC next fall? None, methinks. And with Duke and Virginia already rebuilding, will the Tar Heels fall below the Blue Devils and Cavaliers? (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Football Lettermen Pay Respects To Norcross, Stringer

The UNC Football Lettermen’s Association was saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two of its members. Merl Norcross (Letterman 1945) passed away Jan. 7 at his home in Brant Lake, N.Y., at the age of 89, and Ed Stringer (1963-65), died at the age of 72 at his home in Oklahoma City, Okla., on the day after Christmas. (UNC Lettermen)

UNC Football Welcomes Eight Newcomers

UNC welcomed eight new football student-athletes to campus on Wednesday. All eight graduated early from high school and enrolled at UNC for the 2017 spring semester. The newcomers include RB Michael Carter, WR J.T. Cauthen, DL Xach Gill, OL Quiron Johnson, DL Jake Lawler, OL Jonah Melton, DL Jordon Riley and DB Tre Shaw. (GoHeels.com)

UNC football departures leave Fedora with his toughest test

If the North Carolina football team’s head coach, Larry Fedora, coached your intramural flag football team, would you automatically win the championship? Your team isn’t starting from scratch. You’ve got plenty of talent, but not much in the way of experience. Fedora would install plays and provide structure to your offense. (Daily Tar Heel)

Positions of need: North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina area of need: Quarterback - Mitch Trubisky was terrific in 2016, but he may have been a little too good. His work earned him raves from scouts, and that has him headed to the NFL a year earlier than UNC might’ve expected. There’s not much behind him on the depth chart either, which makes UNC a likely landing spot for a transfer quarterback. (ESPN.com)

'36-year-old Julius Peppers' still going strong as Packers head to Dallas

His full name is Julius Frazier Peppers, but the way people talk about the 15-year NFL veteran, you'd think it's actually "36-year-old Julius Peppers." That it's necessary to say Peppers' age whenever he's referenced speaks to the surprise that most have when they discuss his performance this season, especially of late. (ESPN.com)

ESPN's Way-Too-Early 2017 ACC Football Power Rankings

11. North Carolina Tar Heels: Maybe we’re too pessimistic and coach Larry Fedora will find pieces to plug in on offense, but the loss of so many critical players at the skill positions certainly looks troubling, while the defense continues to be a concern. Chalk up North Carolina as the team that has a high ceiling and low floor. (ESPN.com)

Tom Sheldon Named FWAA Freshman All-America

North Carolina punter Tom Sheldon has been selected to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. A native of Echuca, Victoria, Australia, Sheldon punted 50 times for an average of 42.7 yards and had a long of 63. Sheldon played a major role in helping the Tar Heels finish first in the country in punt return defense. (GoHeels.com)

Julius Peppers continues to amaze in 15th NFL season

Yet, Peppers continues to produce in his third season in the Packers’ defense. This season, the nine-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher’s 8½ sacks (including playoffs) trail only Nick Perry (11) for the team lead. That production helped propel Peppers into sole possession of fifth-place all-time in career sacks earlier this season with 25 of his 143½ regular-season sacks coming with the Packers. (Green Bay Packers)

Cowboys' call led to 'big-eye' moment for Jonathan Cooper

When offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper was released by the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 27, he figured his season was over. But then he got word the Dallas Cowboys were interested in signing him. "That was one of those big-eye moments," Cooper said. "I was like, 'Wow, they're on track to do something special, and they want to include me in it.' So that was pretty exciting." (ESPN.com)

How Mitch Trubisky went from a first-year starter to certain 2017 NFL Draft first-rounder

It took Mitch Trubisky until his fourth year at North Carolina to earn the starting job. It took him one year of playing college football to make himself a possible top-10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. That's who he is and how he got to this point. The Mentor grad declared for the draft on Monday and is projected by many analysts to be the first quarterback taken. (Cleveland.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast: NCSU Blowout Win, Trubisky Departure

Recap UNC's blowout win over NC State and preview this week's games against Wake Forest and Florida State with the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas also discuss Mitch Trubisky's departure for the NFL. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2, TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6

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