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Coach Brewer on WRs growth, NFL, and special senior class

UNC's offense this season was defined by a group of talented receivers. While an injury to Mack Hollins did not allow him to finish the season, Ryan Switzer and Bug Howard had huge games. CarolinaBlue spoke with UNC receivers coach Gunter Brewer to discuss the growth of his receivers, NFL options, and the the emotions surrounding this special group. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Larry Fedora, Stanford's David Shaw talk Sun Bowl Preps

The Hyundai Sun Bowl media relations staff held a press conference with North Carolina Head Coach Larry Fedora and Stanford Head Coach David Shaw on Thursday, Dec. 29 at the El Paso Convention Center. (El Paso Herald-Post)

Lucas Crowley to play in last game at North Carolina, pursue NFL

When the Nease football program won the state championship in 2005, an enamored fifth grade boy sitting in the stands set a plan in motion. As he watched his older brother Travis – the team’s starting left tackle – protect quarterback Tim Tebow’s blind side and play with other Nease greats, he decided to follow in his footsteps. (Ponte Vedra Recorder)

All eyes on Sun Bowl as Mitch Trubisky's NFL stock continues to rise

Football fans and media outlets in the Bay Area and Cleveland are looking forward to this year's Hyundai Sun Bowl. North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky is projected by many football experts to be first quarterback drafted in next year's NFL draft - if he declares. (KVIA.com)

Sun Bowl Presents UNC Football A Chance to Change Recent Postseason History

In each of the last two years, the UNC football team has allowed late-season losses to bleed over into postseason play. After November losses to Duke and NC State derailed the Tar Heels’ ACC Championship hopes, quarterback Mitch Trubisky and company are hoping to rewrite the team’s recent history in Friday’s Sun Bowl against No. 18 Stanford. (Chapelboro.com)

Coach Kap and Coach Fedora on the Stanford defense

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora and offensive coordinator Coach Kapilovic spoke with the media last week before the team headed out to El Paso for the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The two coaches have a huge role in UNC's offense and have been looking at Stanford's defense for weeks now. They broke down what they see from the Stanford D. (CBS Sports)

Stanford foe UNC has prolific punt returner, receiver in Switzer

Like Christian McCaffrey, the Tar Heels’ Ryan Switzer knows what it feels like to have punting teams deathly afraid of him. The punters aim the ball for the sideline or put extra hang time on their kicks, at the expense of distance. Opponents have been wary of him since his freshman season, when he tied an NCAA record with five punt returns for touchdowns. (San Francisco Gate)

Pair of RBs from North Carolina ready to shine for Stanford, UNC in Sun Bowl

T.J. Logan, from Greensboro, will take over for Elijah Hood, who led the Tar Heels with 858 yards rushing this season. Hood announced last week he won't play in the Sun Bowl due to medical reasons, opening the door for Logan to start the final game of his college career. Stanford's lead runner will be Bryce Love, a sophomore from Wake Forest. (Fayetteville Observer)

Trubisky hopes to finish season, and possibly collegiate career, strong against Stanford

As he gazes over to his sideline and back to the field, junior standout quarterback Mitch Trubisky calls the play to his offense in a practice drill to prepare his Tar Heels for the Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 30. He does it with poise, energy and a spark. The same spark that once stood on the sideline, like a firework ready to be lit, last season as he watched senior captain Marquise Williams take the snaps at quarterback. (The Prospector)

UNC had Love for Stanford back; plus other Sun Bowl notes and quotes

Both UNC and Stanford pursued the Cardinal running back starter for Friday's Sun Bowl, Bryce Love. Love was one of the nation's top running back recruits as a senior at Wake Forest-Rolesville High in 2014. The Fayetteville Observer rated him No. 5 in its preseason list of the state's Top 50 college prospects that year. But Love opted in the end to head West. (Fayetteville Observer)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Stanford

UNC closes the 2016 season against No. 16 Stanford in the Sun Bowl on Friday (CBS, 2 p.m. ET). Stanford’s philosophy is built upon physicality. The Cardinal rank 34th nationally in rushing offense and 23rd in rushing yards per carry. Christian McCaffrey’s backup, Wake Forest, N.C. native Bryce Love, has rushed for 664 yards and three touchdowns this season. (Inside Carolina)

Story in Many Pics: UNC, Stanford visit Fort Bliss

It was team day with the troops at Fort Bliss. The Tar Heel and Cardinal football teams made a trip to Fort Bliss Tuesday afternoon to tour the base and interact with the troops. Andres Acosta was at the post as well, and brings you his view of the visit via this gallery. (El Paso Herald-Post)

Lou Hernandez Bringing Texas Toughness And Influence To North Carolina

Lou Hernandez loves Texas. It’s his home state and you can see the pride he has when talking about Texas and his hometown of Alice. But, like most of the Tar Heels in town for the Sun Bowl, coming to a city that’s a 10-hour drive away is a new adventure for him. Hernandez is UNC’s strength and conditioning coach and was brought on to Larry Fedora’s staff in 2012. (Texas HS Football)

The benefit of bowl month for program development

The extra practices are huge for the development of players and planning for next season. It's all about the reps, learning the system, and perfecting aspects of the game. It is a chance for the staff to evaluate younger players who will play a big role next season. As UNC head coach Larry Fedora called it, they try to "steal reps for spring practice." (Carolina Blue)

UNC QB is new challenge for Cardinal

The Pac-12 is a quarterback-oriented league, so Stanford has seen a bunch of elite players at the position. That helps in preparation for UNC's Mitch Trubisky in Friday's Sun Bowl, though the Cardinal stressed that Trubisky is unique. "I don't know if it's an advantage to be able to play against good quarterbacks because this guy is different," coach David Shaw said. (El Paso Times)

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

Full UNC Football Schedule

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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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