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UNC Spring Football Preview - Storylines Part 1

UNC loses their senior leaders from the 2015 season, a big reason why the Tar Heels were able to go 11-3 last year. Gone are Landon Turner, Marquise William, Jeff Schoettmer, and Shakeel Rashad, players Coach Fedora repeatedly cited as crucial for locker room and team chemistry. But, there are plenty of players ready to step into leadership roles. (Carolina Blue)

Gene Chizik Moving UNC's Defense Forward in 2016

With a year as UNC’s defensive coordinator under his belt – a year in which the defense made significant progress and helped the Tar Heels to an 11-2 record - Gene Chizik aims to take the next step in Year 2. How is this spring different for you and the team? Chizik: It is totally different your second year. There are so many variables you don’t know. (Inside Carolina)

ACC 2016 Spring Football Preview and Power Rankings

There’s a glaring concern up front for the Tar Heels after surrendering 247.4 rushing yards a game last season. The defensive line loses tackle Justin Thomason, and the linebacking corps must replace Jeff Schoettmer and Shakeel Rashad. Junior Dajaun Drennon and sophomore Jalen Dalton are two names to watch in the trenches. (Athlon Sports)

Extra Points: Trubisky Time

Larry Fedora was posed a question Thursday that assumed Mitch Trubisky would be the starting quarterback for the 2016 Tar Heels. “I don't know who told you Mitch is our starter,” Fedora answered. “He may be. He has to earn it.” Told of the exchange, Trubisky smiled and shrugged. “That’s Coach, he’ll keep you grounded.” (GoHeels.com)

Buccaneers expected to release Bruce Carter

A few days before NFL free agency opens, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly planning to part ways with one of the free agents they signed last year. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the team is expected to release linebacker Bruce Carter on Monday. The Bucs signed Carter to a four-year deal worth up to $17 million last year. (NBC Sports)

Cincinnati Bengals re-sign Brandon Tate

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed the first of 14 unrestricted free agents by bringing back veteran wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate. Contract details were not disclosed. Tate, 28, has been with the Bengals since 2011. Last year, he became the Bengals' career leader in punt returns (153) and punt return yards (1411). (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Eric Ebron Named to NFL's All-Under 25 Team

After struggling to work himself into the offense as a rookie in 2014, Ebron improved in 2015, catching 47 of 70 targets for 537 yards in what was a tough season overall in Detroit. That said, with Calvin Johnson's impending retirement (we think), coach Jim Caldwell will have to lean on his young tight end. Ebron doesn't turn 23 until April. (NFL.com)

North Carolina set to open spring practice with an eye on QBs, LBs

North Carolina opens spring practice Sunday, eyeing a return to the ACC championship game. Here are three questions facing the Tar Heels. Quarterback. Marquise Williams is gone, and the heir apparent is Mitch Trubisky. But coach Larry Fedora told the Raleigh Sports Club earlier this week that Trubisky was not quite a lock. (ESPN.com)

Chris Kapilovic Up Close: The 2016 UNC Offense

The final installment in a four-part interview series with newly promoted UNC offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic takes a closer look at potential growth for the Tar Heel offense this coming season. " We’ve got some big shoes to fill in certain spots, but have enough pieces that it will just continue to develop and improve. We can be very good, there’s no question." (Inside Carolina)

ACC football's most iconic plays of the past decade: Nos. 6-10

9. Giovani Bernard's punt return beats NC State, 2012: The problem for the Wolfpack was the man standing at the other end of the field. Bernard, who had already returned a punt for a touchdown in Week 1, hauled in the kick at the UNC 27 and proceeded to dart 73 yards for the score. The Tar Heels upended their rival for the first time since 2006. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina Tar Heels 2016 Spring Football Preview

The succession plan that is in place in Chapel Hill is perfect. Marquise Williams departs; Mitch Trubisky steps in. The junior-to-be from Mentor, Ohio, was outstanding during his opportunities in 2015, completing a stunning 85 percent of his passes for six touchdowns against no interceptions. This spring, the team is his and everyone will be watching to see how he responds. (Athlon Sports)

Extra Points: Chizik One Year In

North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has now been through the entire cycle of the football calendar year since joining Larry Fedora’s staff in January 2015. Now on the cusp of spring practice, which begins Sunday, Chizik ruminates on a variety of subjects with longtime GoHeels.com football writer Lee Pace. (GoHeels.com)

Julius Peppers plans to stick with Green Bay Packers

Future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers isn't ready to call it a career yet. Peppers, who said in January that he was not sure whether he'd return for a 15th NFL season, said Wednesday that he does plan to play for the Packers this fall. "Oh, yeah. Yes," Peppers said. "I’m 36, so, in the next four years, somewhere in there, I should be done," Peppers said. (Detroit Free Press)

Arizona Cardinals moving Jonathan Cooper to center

The Arizona Cardinals are making a big move with a former first-round pick. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday the Cardinals have decided to move Jonathan Cooper, the former No. 7 overall pick out of the University of North Carolina, to center, according to a source informed of the team's plans. Cooper originally was drafted as a guard in 2013. (NFL.com)

Chase Rice Heads ‘Back to College’ for 2016 Tour

Chase Rice is going back to college — er, sort of. The singer has announced a series of concerts at U.S. colleges, set for this spring. Rice’s Back to College Tour is scheduled to begin on April 14 in Fort Myers, Fla. Seven shows have been announced so far, including one at the country artist’s alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (The Boot)

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, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, TBD

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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