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Larry Fedora, B.J. Surhoff Earn $20k For Charity

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora and UNC baseball great B.J. Surhoff teamed to post a three-under-par total to earn $20,000 for charity at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge. Team winnings will be split evenly between endowed scholarships at the universities and foundations or charities of the coach’s choice. (GoHeels.com)

ACC football post-spring position rankings: Front seven

9. North Carolina. There is no question last season ended with a disastrous performance against Baylor, and most of the blame went to the front seven. Three starters return on the line, including tackle Nazair Jones. But the bigger question is at linebacker, where two of its best players -- Jeff Schoettmer and Shakeel Rashad -- are gone. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina football faces different set of expectations this offseason

North Carolina is no longer being asked about failing to live up to expectations. Rather, North Carolina is being asked what it will take to exceed the high expectations that already have the Tar Heels pinned as a favorite to repeat in the Coastal. “I think the thing that you can see in all of their eyes is that they've tasted it,” coach Larry Fedora said. (ESPN.com)

Landon Turner brings unmeasured element to New Orleans Saints

One unmeasured element to what Landon Turner believes he can bring to the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent came early in his senior season at North Carolina. That was when the first-team All-American guard began a rallying cry his college line coach said helped carry the Tar Heels to an 11-game win streak. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

North Carolina LB Shakeel Rashad excited to join Texans

Houston Texans' undrafted rookie Shakeel Rashad was a third-team All-ACC selection, starting every game and recording a career-high 126 tackles, 8 1/2 for losses and three forced fumbles with one interception. The Texans hold an undrafted rookie minicamp this week. "I'm excited to be with the Texans," Rashad said. "I just want to contribute and help the team win." (Houston Chronicle)

Former Tar Heel Safety Jeff Battle Earns A Degree — and more

Former Tar Heel safety Jeff Battle won’t be going to the NFL, but his future still includes football. Battle, who graduates Sunday, used his experiences on the field and his lessons in the classroom at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to start a new company. Battle Soles makes heat-resistant inserts for athletes to put inside their cleats to help avoid blisters. (UNC.edu)

Buccaneers release Connor Barth after picking rookie kicker in draft

Veteran place-kicker Connor Barth was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, two days after the team drafted his replacement in the 2016 NFL draft. The Buccaneers traded up into the second round Friday night to select former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo at No. 59 overall. (ESPN.com)

ACC post-spring position rankings: Quarterback

5. North Carolina. Mitch Trubisky earned raves during spring practice, and now he has to fill the big shoes Marquise Williams leaves behind. He has every opportunity to elevate the deep passing game. Behind him, the Tar Heels are completely inexperienced. (ESPN.com)

UGA presents ‘a lot of unknowns’ for UNC

When UNC decided to open its 2016 season in the Georgia Dome against Georgia, the Tar Heels knew they’d be in for a challenge. However, an offseason change for the Bulldogs has made this particular nonconference matchup even tougher for UNC. “It’s a lot of unknown,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said Monday at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. (Dawg Nation)

Robert Dinkins knows UNC's defense has a lot to learn

Robert Dinkins and UNC's returning players are not the only ones getting lesson plans on the field. Four defensive players enrolled early this spring and had to pick up Coach Gene Chizik's system quickly. But Dinkins knows once they know where to be, watch out. "They have a whole lot of talent, those guys are so athletic" said Dinkins. (Carolina Blue)

Schoettmer, Rashad ink NFL deals, will compete for spots

The Saints offered Jeff Schoettmer a three-year deal and a $5,600 signing bonus, but told him they plan to bring in another undrafted linebacker to compete with him. The former UNC walk-on from the Dallas-area will have to compete for spot. The Texans offered former UNC linebacker Shakeel Rashad a three-year deal with a $10,000 signing bonus. (Carolina Blue)

Romar Morris gets chance with Jets

Speed kills and speed also unlocks doors that appeared to be closed. Salisbury High graduate and former North Carolina running back Romar Morris can travel 40 yards in 4.3 seconds, a rare ability that sets him apart from most humans. That’s why Morris signed with the New York Jets after the NFL draft concluded on Saturday. (Salisbury Post)

'Meant to be': Saints sign G Landon Turner, make high school dream reality

They didn’t realize it at the time, but the New Orleans Saints began recruiting guard Landon Turner when he was 14 years old. Eight years later, the first-team All-American from UNC might be the biggest prize in the Saints’ 2016 class of undrafted free agents. “I feel like it was meant to be,” said Turner, who visited the Saints' practice facility as a freshman in high school. (ESPN.com)

UNC's depth proved vital in spring practice

The Tar Heels have dealt with a handful of injuries on the defensive line, including junior Dajaun Drennon and senior Mikey Bart. This has forced young players into expanded roles and Nazair Jones says they helped make this spring successful. "Without those guys we probably wouldn't have been able to practice," Jones explained. "Everybody stepped up." (Carolina Blue)

Jon Heck talks UNC's offensive line

Much of the success of North Carolina's 2015 football season can be attributed to the offensive line, which paved the way for Elijah Hood alone to rush for more than 1,300 yards during the Tar Heels' incredible season. Senior Jon Heck started at right tackle in all 13 games, establishing himself as a highly contributive member of the 2015 offense with an average of 59 plays per game. (Carolina Blue)

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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