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Des Lawrence to Play in 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

The NFL Players Association is proud to announce the next set of player commitments to the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Joining the roster is North Carolina defensive back Des Lawrence, among several others. Lawrence tallied 33 tackles, adding one sack and nine pass breakups for the Tar Heels through 12 games this season. (NFLPA.com)

Video: North Carolina arrives in El Paso

The UNC football team arrives in El Paso for the Sun Bowl and sings 'Feliz Navidad' with a mariachi band at the airport, Larry Fedora speaks to media, and kicker Nick Weiler shares a line from the Marty Robbins song 'El Paso.' (El Paso Times)

Story in Many Pics: Tar Heels Touch Down for Sun Bowl

With the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl set for this Friday, the University of North Carolina arrived Sunday. Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings your all the fun via this Story in Many Pics. (El Paso Herald-Post)

North Carolina team arrives in El Paso for Sun Bowl; greeted by mariachis and folklorica dancers

The first team to arrive in El Paso for Friday's Sun Bowl game was greeted in true Borderland style. A crowd surrounded the North Carolina football team as it landed at El Paso International airport this Sunday afternoon. As the Tar Heels walked through the airport, they were greeted with Mariachi musicians and folklorica dancers. (KVIA.com)

UNC Seeking Explosive Plays vs. Stanford

UNC's explosive offense will have to solve Stanford’s defensive approach of stopping the run and limiting big plays in the Sun Bowl on Friday. The Cardinal ranks 36th in total defense and 42nd in yards per play allowed. Coach David Shaw’s defense is sound against both the run and the pass, holding opponents to 4.2 yards per carry and 6.6 yards per attempt. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels arrive first for Hyundai Sun Bowl

The North Carolina Tar Heels were the first team to arrive for the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl on Sunday afternoon. The team arrived shortly after 5 p.m. with mariachi music and folklorico dancers greeting the players, coaches and other team personnel. Players danced with the folklorico dancers and Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora was given a sombrero to wear. (El Paso Times)

Holcomb, Stewart help lead UNC defense

If the Tar Heels are going to be successful against Stanford in this year's Sun Bowl on Friday, the play of linebacker Cole Holcomb and cornerback M.J. Stewart will likely be key. Both players have been key playmakers for the 8-4 Tar Heels. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Holcomb, who hails from New Smyrna Beach, Fla, is second on the team in tackles with 105. (El Paso Times)

UNC's Nazair Jones overcomes huge odds, keeps playing

It is Christmas Day, and Nazair Jones will be arriving at El Paso International Airport with the rest of his UNC teammates — filled excitement for a future that is as bright as the Texas desert sky. Five years ago on Christmas Day Jones was in a different place, not knowing which was worse — the searing, debilitating pain in his legs or the fear of the unknown. (El Paso Times)

Sun Bowl ticket sales low, but expected to rise after Christmas

If you take a look at Ticketmaster, you may notice there are thousands of tickets available for the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl less than a week out from the big game. As of Friday, the Sun Bowl had sold around 35,000 tickets out of the available 50,426 seats. But Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association, said he expects the ticket sales to rise in the final week. (KVIA.com)

11 storylines for 11 ACC bowl games

Sun Bowl: Is this Mitch Trubisky's last game? Trubisky might be the first QB off the board in next year's NFL draft. He hasn't made anything official, which adds plenty of intrigue to a game that already has plenty of it, from UNCs quest to erase last year's bowl debacle to Christian McCaffrey's decision to skip the game altogether. (ESPN.com)

Christmas Q&A with Greg Warren

Times NFL Correspondent Chris Mueller talks with long-time Steelers long snapper Greg Warren about playing on Christmas and how he adjusts his personal life to playing on a holiday. Warren: I think it’s a huge honor to play on Christmas. It’s kind of difficult on the personal side to be able to enjoy the holiday with your family when you’ve got a game like that. (TimesOnline.com)

Pros vs. Cons: Should UNC’s Mitch Trubisky declare for the NFL Draft?

Mitch Trubisky has a life-changing decision to make. Does he leave UNC after the Sun Bowl on Dec. 30? Or does he return to Chapel Hill for his senior season? Trubisky has demonstrated the pinpoint accuracy and field maturity that has some NFL scouts drooling. For several franchises throughout the league, Trubisky is being hailed as a potential savior. (ACC Sports Journal)

Elijah Hood out for bowl game, back for 2017- What it means

Big news dropped late on Thursday afternoon when it was announced that North Carolina's starting junior running back Elijah Hood would miss the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 30 due to medical issues. It was also announced that Hood would return for the 2017 season. (Carolina Blue)

Chazz Surratt: First year at UNC both challenging and rewarding

Chazz Surratt said no matter how much he mentally prepared for the challenge of college football, it’s still been an adjustment to go from playing every Friday last year to watching and learning every Saturday this season. “It’s definitely been a learning experience,” Surratt said. It helps that he’s learning from is one of the top quarterbacks in the country. (Gaston Gazette)

No Love lost: How can UNC stop the one who got away?

Christian McCaffrey’s decision to sit out the Sun Bowl might be seen as a good thing for UNC’s defense. UNC, though, must now to find a way to stop North Carolina native Bryce Love. Love, one of UNC’s top targets two years ago, would have started for several programs in the Pac-12 or the ACC. But Love made the most of his role as McCaffrey’s backup. (ACC Sports Journal)

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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