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UNC Football's Impact Freshmen

UNC is reloading this year thanks to capable veterans and its 2016 recruiting class. The Tar Heels are No. 18 in ESPN's "Way-Too-Early Top 25" ranking and will likely be included in the top 20 of the AP and Coaches Poll when week one comes around. Let's take a look at some of the freshman who will have a huge impact for the Tar Heels this fall. (Carolina Blue)

Shakeel Rashad: Expectations for the 2016 UNC defense

Shakeel Rashad, Jeff Schoettmer, Sam Smiley, and Justin Thomason were all big parts of North Carolina's 2015 defense which helped the Heels to a 11-3 record and the ACC Coastal Division Championship. But Rashad, who spoke recently with CarolinaBlue, thinks that UNC will be even better this season despite the losses in the middle. (Carolina Blue)

Defense will determine the ceiling for UNC football in 2016

Coming off its most successful season since 1997, North Carolina is looking to build off its accomplishments from 2015 and take another step forward this fall. The Tar Heels worked their way onto the national radar last year, posting 11 wins, claiming the ACC’s Coastal Division crown and finishing No. 15 in the AP poll. Going into their 2016 campaign, they won’t be catching anyone off guard. (Today's U)

UNC's Top 30 Football Players Ever: No. 13 Greg Ellis

Greg Ellis was one of the key players on perhaps UNC’s best defense in the modern era. Ellis’ consistent reliability as one of the nation’s top pass rushers was key, but he also made the rest of the Tar Heels' talented line even better. Those two Carolina clubs combined to go 21-3 and finished ranked in the top 10 of the national polls. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC's Chances of Reaching the College Football Playoff

Last season, the North Carolina went on a historic tear, finishing the regular season 11-1. They miraculously ascended from an ugly loss to South Carolina to a place in the Playoff conversation. And this year they could find themselves right in the crossfire of the Playoff debate again. (Carolina Blue)

Shakeel Rashad on UNC: "I love Chapel Hill so much"

When you talk to former UNC linebacker Shakeel Rashad, you can't help but feel his love and enthusiasm for North Carolina. It's even more apparent when you know the story of how he ended up in Chapel Hill. Former UNC head coach Butch Davis started the recruitment of the then 6-2, 215-pound linebacker from Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Fla. (Carolina Blue)

Report: Connor Barth will sign with New Orleans Saints

Connor Barth lost his job when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted a kicker in the second round. Now, he has found a new gig. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that Barth is on his way to New Orleans to sign with the Saints. Barth most likely will compete with Kai Forbath for kicking duties in the Crescent City. (NFL.com)

Elijah Hood is a beast in the weight room

After an All-ACC breakout season in 2015 where UNC running back Elijah Hood rushed for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns, you would think the junior from Charlotte would be taking it easy in the offseason. Think again. The 6-0, 220-pound Hood is known for his hard work in the weight room. He can put up some serious weight. (Carolina Blue)

2016's 25 best non-conference college football games

Week 1 is stocked with wonderful matchups, but the whole month of September has some great non-conference games. Here are the best ones. No. 7. Georgia vs. North Carolina (Atlanta), Week 1: Kirby Smart's first game coaching the Dawgs comes on a not-particularly-neutral site in the Georgia Dome against a team with a new starting quarterback. (SB Nation)

ACC Announces 2016 Early Season Football Game Times and TV Schedule

The ACC will compete in three games featuring ACC-SEC teams on the opening weekend of the season, beginning with North Carolina facing Georgia in the Annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome which will be nationally televised by ESPN (5:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Tar Heels are ranked 19th, while Georgia is ranked 13th. (The ACC)

Warrant: Former NCSU booster gave improper benefits to UNC student-athlete

A former N.C. State football player currently under investigation for allegedly providing benefits to N.C. State student-athletes also provided impermissible benefits to a student-athlete at UNC, according to an application for a search warrant. The warrant, taken out by state agents to search Eric Leak's Raleigh home, doesn't identify the UNC athlete. (WRAL.com)

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 in Newport Beach, California. M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina (5-11, 200, Arlington, VA): His 18 passes defended tied for most in the ACC; 62 tackles on the season; 4 interceptions, Second team All-ACC. (Lott IMPACT Trophy)

Tar Heels LB Jeff Schoettmer is Easy to Root For

Undrafted free agency gave the New Orleans Saints a bounty of young talent, ranging from offensive linemen Landon Turner and Jack Allen to defensive backs Trae Elston and De’Vante Harris. But another possible contributor signed on after the 2016 NFL Draft: North Carolina linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. (Who Dat Dish)

Shakeel Rashad details NFL prep and free agent process

Shakeel Rashad's UNC career ended with a loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but after the game it was on to the next challenge --- a chance for an NFL career. Rashad, who finished the season with 126 tackles and was a key part of the 11-3 ACC Coastal Champion Tar Heels, wasted no time getting started on what would become a busy next few months. (Carolina Blue)

Bryn Renner Released by San Diego Chargers

San Diego added former Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger. He reunites with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who coached him the past two seasons in Tennessee. Mettenberger will compete with Kellen Clemens to be the primary reserve behind Philip Rivers. Quarterback Bryn Renner was waived in a corresponding move. (San Diego Union Tribune)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, 5:30 ET ESPN

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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