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Ronald Brewer's rookie transition program keeps Browns players on their toes

Ron Brewer (UNC 2002) watched from an undisclosed location. The plan he implemented months ago unfolded before his eyes on the monitor in front of him. Brewer, Cleveland's manager of player engagement, could smile and take solace in the fact this wrinkle to the team's rookie transition program brought all 24 players closer together outside of the football field. (Cleveland Browns)

What the Tar Heels can expect from Gene Chizik in Year 2

From Year 1 to Year 2 in a system, is said to be where the most improvement is made. Conventional wisdom says that a defense that returns seven starters should follow suit with this methodology. By far, the biggest improvement that needs to be made in 2016 is with how the Tar Heels defend the run. (Tar Heel Blog)

All eyes are on Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant once again

Precisely a year ago Monday, Darian Durant was playing at a level that reminded people of why he is Saskatchewan Roughriders royalty. It was June 27, 2015. Nearing halftime of the Roughriders’ regular-season opener, Durant had dissected the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for 13 completions in 18 attempts for 165 yards. (Regina Leader-Post)

Phil Steele releases college football preseason top 25

We are still weeks away from the Associated Press releasing its Top 25 preseason poll for college football, but expert Phil Steele is here to provide his. Steele has the Tar Heels just off the list at No. 26 in his preseason Top 25, just behind USC who came in at 25. In his preview, he picks the Tar Heels to finish second in the Coastal Division behind Miami. (Keeping It Heel)

ACC Football Wild Card Players in 2016

North Carolina Offense: Mack Hollins, Wide Receiver - During the spring game, Hollins was Mitch Trubisky’s favorite target, grabbing seven passes for 111 yards. Defense: Andre Smith, Linebacker - Smith will have to anchor a run defense that lost linebacker Shakeel Rashad, who made 126 tackles in 2015. (Athlon Sports)

Georgia star running back Nick Chubb says he'll be ready for Tar Heels in opener

It was encouraging news for the Georgia Bulldogs when standout running back Nick Chubb pronounced himself fully recovered from knee surgery and again fit for action last week in Athens. The schedule puts North Carolina’s defense first in line for Chubb’s possible return when the Heels and Dawgs open the season Sept. 3. in Atlanta. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Barth brothers kicking clinic coming in July

Hoggard High School graduates Connor and Casey Barth will hold their annual free summer kicking clinic 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Scott Braswell Stadium. Kickin' it with the Barth Brothers is open to kickers of all ages. (Wilmington Star News)

Brandon Tate keeps giving back

Brandon Tate has been in the NFL long enough that the Cummings High School graduate is a veteran in the league. But for a few hours Saturday back on his high school campus, it was about the kids again. Tate’s free clinic for youngsters drew about 200 participants. Tate is preparing to enter his eighth NFL season after a record-setting kick return career at UNC. (Burlington Times News)

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron seeks bigger role on offense

Eric Ebron had the biggest game of his life — eight catches for 199 yards and a touchdown — three years ago as a junior at North Carolina. Ebron’s Tar Heels lost to Miami that day, but he gave his new position coach, then Hurricanes head coach Al Golden, a glimpse of what he could be as a player. (Detroit Free Press)

Mike McCarthy: Julius Peppers is 'ageless'

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is well aware that outside linebacker Julius Peppers is 36 years old, but it just doesn't seem that way. "Julius Peppers is ageless," McCarthy told Packersnews.com this week. Peppers knows that doesn't come by accident, though. Amid a story detailing his lengthy career, he shared a few secrets to his success. (NFL.com)

QBs and matchups make UNC-Georgia most compelling Week 1 game

Offensively for UNC, there is a new quarterback but Mitch Trubisky is billed as a player of the year candidate. The offense is loaded around Trubisky, who was stellar in a reserve role. The Dawgs are experienced in the secondary and were a highly rated group last season, but opposing SEC quarterbacks were a forgiving bunch, collectively. (ESPN.com)

Darian Durant’s health key to Saskatchewan Roughriders resurgence in 2016

The last two years have taught Darian Durant to take nothing for granted. The veteran quarterback enters his 10th CFL season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who’ll open the campaign June 30 hosting the Toronto Argonauts. But the 2016 season is an important one for Durant after suffering season-ending injuries the last two years. (Canadian Press)

NFL will interview Julius Peppers, other players tied to Al-Jazeera America report on PEDs

Adolpho Birch, the NFL's senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, wrote in a strongly worded letter to NFL Players Association counsel Heather McPhee – obtained Friday by USA TODAY Sports – that Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison all will be scheduled for interviews the day their respective camps open. (USA Today)

Broncos nose tackle Sylvester Williams sees opportunity to expand his role

When Sylvester Williams was told that the Broncos would not pick up his fifth-year option, the fourth-year veteran was not disheartened. Conversely, he took their reasoning constructively, and devoted himself to improving further and proving that he could become more dependable during the 2016 season. "I have to go out there and prove myself again," he said. (Denver Broncos)

Will Bengals center Russell Bodine have breakout season in year three?

The Bengals have had a loaded roster for years now but one of the few positions where media and fans agree they're weak is center. Russell Bodine, entering his third year in the NFL, has been a below average starter at best for Cincinnati since he was handed the job by default after the team traded up in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft to select him. (Cincy Jungle)

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 Tickets

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

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

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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