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UNC's Jalen Dalton Growing Into Defensive Tackle Role

Quarterback sacks aren’t the only way to quantify performance as a defensive lineman, but they’re one aspect of his resume Jalen Dalton is eager to fix. Eight games into his collegiate career, Dalton, who earned his reputation as one of the top high school linemen in the country by pressuring quarterbacks, is still looking for his first sack as a Tar Heel. (Inside Carolina)

Darian Durant and Saskatchewan Roughriders gunning for another banner season

Darian Durant already has a banner on the side Mosaic Stadium recognizing his contributions to the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ 2013 championship season. Whether the Riders’ franchise quarterback has another banner season in 2016 remains to be seen. (Regina Leader-Post)

The ACC's most crucial position battles for 2016

North Carolina - Linebacker: Sophomore Andre Smith and junior Cayson Collins are the only returning linebackers with at least 20 tackles in 2015 -- they combined for 91. Smith can play strong or inside linebacker, which gives the Heels flexibility as they fill out the unit with a number of younger players, led by early enrollee Jonathan Smith. (ESPN.com)

The 7 trades we wish college football teams could make

North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky for Alabama LB Tim Williams and QB David Cornwell: Why it makes sense for UNC - There are talented players at receiver, running back and along the offensive line to ease the transition. Tim Williams is an absolute difference-maker, something the UNC defense needs with its most dynamic linebackers gone. (ESPN.com)

Video: Ryan Switzer Interview (Pt.1)

Two-time All-America return man Ryan Switzer finished the 2015 season with 55 catches for 697 yards and six receiving touchdowns and returned 22 punts for 302 yards and stands one short of Wes Welker's (Texas Tech) NCAA record of eight punt returns for touchdown. In segment one, Switzer discusses returning for his senior season and finding offensive consistency. (Inside Carolina)

Q&A with former UNC offensive lineman Russell Bodine

Russell Bodine was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and has played every offensive snap for his team over the past two seasons. Sports Editor Jeremy Vernon spoke to Bodine about his transition from UNC to the NFL, his thoughts on former teammate Giovani Bernard and his decision to leave school early. (Daily Tar Heel)

Saskatchewan QB Darian Durant ready to get back on top

As for Durant, this will be his first regular-season game in a year after he tore an Achilles tendon in last season’s opening game. He also missed the final nine games of 2014 with a torn tendon in his right elbow, meaning he has played only 11 regular-season games in two years. “It’s been a grind,” the 33-year-old Durant said this week. (Toronto Star)

Know your nonconference opponent: North Carolina

What’s at stake for Illinois? This will only be Lovie Smith's second game as the Illini head coach, and given that his debut will come against Murray State, North Carolina will present his first major challenge. Even a defensive whiz like him will have a tough time stopping a UNC offense that averaged 7.3 yards per play and over 40 points per game last season. (ESPN.com)

The 101 best players in college football

41. M.J. Stewart, CB, UNC: A PFF College First Team All-American last year as a slot corner, Stewart is coming off an outstanding 2015 season that saw him post the sixth-best coverage grade at +15.1; 79. Nazair Jones, DT, UNC: There’s a good chance that Jones is going to have a monster season. 91. Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina. (Pro Football Focus)

What Greg Little did to get a jump start on Buffalo Bills' WR competiton

Greg Little doesn't want this opportunity to go to waste. In the last two years, Little has bounced around the NFL. Once a promising second round pick of the Cleveland Browns, Little was cut after three seasons with the team. He briefly latched on with the Raiders prior to the 2014 season but was cut a few months later. The Bengals gave him another shot but he lasted only a year. (New York Upstate)

UNC RB transfer leaves depth chart questions in 2017

North Carolina running back Ty'Son Williams surprised many on June 16th when his decision to transfer from North Carolina was made public knowledge. While Williams' decision likely will not have a huge impact on the UNC's offense for the 2016 season, it does significantly affect the depth of the group for the future. Let's break it down: (Carolina Blue)

Saskatchewan Riders quarterback Darian Durant 'ecstatic' to play again

Monday marked one year to the day that quarterback Darian Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon. It's an injury he's trying to forget, he said. "I'm over the hurdle, I feel good and I'm ready to roll." Durant will play his first official game in the Roughriders' season-opener since he was sidelined for all of 2015. "I'm ecstatic," he said. "It's been a long time coming, so I can't wait to get out here." (CBC News)

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)

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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