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Petrino: With North Carolina QB unknown, Louisville football prepared for multiple options

North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday he still has not picked a starting quarterback for Saturday's ACC opener against Louisville, meaning the Cardinals will need to prepare for multiple options in Chapel Hill. UNC's starting job could go to either LSU transfer Brandon Harris or freshman Chazz Surratt. A little mystery is always fun, right? (Louisville Courier-Journal)

A new spin on UNC's quarterback battle

With the (right and left) handedness changing each time a new QB lines up behind center, UNC's offense changes with it. Most obviously, the strong side of the formation changes, but so too does the primary direction for handoffs and the spin of the ball off the quarterback's hand. “You kind of notice (the spin) once the ball’s in the air,” said senior Jordan Cunningham. (Argyle Report)

Coach Kapilovic Evaluates UNC's Offensive Line Performance

Coach Kapilovic on his assessment of UNC's offensive line: "There were some positives. I think at times we ran the ball well. At times we protected well. The first sack was a combination of our left guard and back on a blitz. It was an average performance. As far as the assignments, we were good. I thought there were some good things but we need to be more physical." (Inside Carolina)

Analysis: Chazz Surratt appears to be Carolina's best QB option – for now

Despite what the box score and game film might have had to say about UNC’s quarterbacks in the loss to California, Larry Fedora isn't ready to commit to Chazz Surratt as the full-time starter, leaving open the possibility that both he and Brandon Harris will play Saturday when the Tar Heels host Louisville. Based on what the world saw Saturday, Surratt outperformed Harris. (Greensboro News & Record)

Ryan Switzer listed as Dallas Cowboys' top return man

Ryan Switzer is listed as the top kick and punt returner on the Cowboys' initial regular-season depth chart. Switzer dealt with a hamstring injury during training camp, but he was expected to return for the Cowboys' final preseason game until it was cancelled. He figures to get most of his playing time on special teams and is listed as the backup to No. 3 receiver Cole Beasley. (CBS Sports)

UNC to alternate QBs? Fedora won't say

Brandon Harris said he has not spoken to Larry Fedora about Saturday's game. Harris added, "if Coach Fedora thinks this helps the team to win, I'm all for it." Chazz Surratt went 18-for-28, with 161 yards passing and a touchdown. Harris completed 7-of-16 for 60 yards and two interceptions. We could see the Tar Heels alternating quarterbacks again this week in Chapel Hill. (ABC 11)

Larry Fedora Live: Instant Replay

After a controversial touchdown call in North Carolina’s 35-30 loss to California on Saturday -- Golden Bears receiver Jordan Veasy and Tar Heels cornerback K.J. Sails wrestled for a ball in the end zone, resulting in both men falling out of bounds without clear possession -- Fedora took to his radio show on Tuesday to offer his thoughts about the instant replay rules. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Coach Heckendorf Discusses Brandon Harris & Chazz Surratt

THI caught up with UNC quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf after Tuesday’s practice to discuss the performances of Brandon Harris and Chazz Surratt in last Saturday’s loss to California. Focusing mostly on Surratt, Heckendorf discussed what the redshirt freshman learned in the film room, his maturity and some elements moving forward. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Why Mitch Trubisky's preseason dominance might mean nothing

Mitch Trubisky is That Guy for the 2017 preseason. You know, the one whose performance in exhibition games -- often against opponents' second- and third-team players -- generates buzz and gets everyone all excited about what might be in store sooner rather than later. Trubisky mounted an unexpected challenge to the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback spot. (ESPN.com)

Elijah Hood signed to Oakland Raiders practice squad. Here’s what that means

Elijah Hood was drafted in the seventh round in April’s NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, only to be waived on Saturday as part of cutdowns. Then a day later, Oakland announced it had signed Hood to a spot on its practice squad. So what does that really mean for him? Here’s the five things to know about life on an NFL practice squad: They get paid, and well. (Charlotte Observer)

NFL Alum Recap: Which former Tar Heels made their roster?

Dallas Cowboys: The first time Ryan Switzer (2013-16) gets his hands on the ball for the Cowboys will be a great moment for both Cowboys fans and Tar Heel fans alike. An under-the-radar story, however, is how offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper (2008-12) has found a home in Dallas after an injury derailed his time in Arizona, where he had been taken with the 7th overall pick. (Tar Heel Blog)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Cal Game Review

Review UNC's season-opening football game versus California in the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas review what went right and wrong in last Saturday's loss to the Golden Bears, while also debating the proper seating capacity for Kenan Stadium. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

Opponent Preview: Lamar Jackson Driving Louisville's ACC Hopes

No. 16 Louisville enters Kenan Stadium Saturday following a 35-28 season-opening win over Purdue. The Cardinals’ offense was productive despite glaring miscues as they put up 524 yards, including 485 total yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Cardinals fumbled three times, twice inside their own five-yard line, and committed 10 false start penalties. (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: No Way to Start

It was a bad loss at a bad time for the Tar Heels. In Larry Fedora’s previous five years at UNC, he has never lost the first two games of the season. That is a distinct possibility after losing his home opener for the first time in Chapel Hill. UNC’s young team, untested on offense and perhaps overrated on defense, faces 16th ranked Louisville Saturday at noon in Kenan. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC's Michael Carter started his own road to glory on Saturday

Well before he received his first Division I football offer, first-year Michael Carter was already on a virtual road to glory. He was a 6-foot-6, 220-pound quarterback, equipped with the speed to finish a 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and placed in a triple-option system so he’d always be responsible for making in-action reads. (Daily Tar Heel)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 53
Old Dominion: 23
Sat, Sep 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Sep 23, 3:30 ET ESPNU Tickets

UNC @ Georgia Tech
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UNC vs. Notre Dame
Sat, Oct 7, TBD Tickets

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Virginia0
at Boise State0
Friday 8:00 PM

NC State0
at #11 Florida State0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Kent State0
at #20 Louisville0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Pittsburgh0
at Georgia Tech0
Saturday 12:20 PM

Old Dominion0
at #13 Virginia Tech0
Saturday 2:00 PM

Boston College0
at #2 Clemson0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Toledo0
at #14 Miami0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Wake Forest0
at Appalachian State0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Duke0
at North Carolina0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Syracuse0
at #23 LSU0
Saturday 7:00 PM

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Virginia Tech0-03-0
Duke0-03-0
Virginia0-02-1
(14) Miami0-01-0
Georgia Tech0-01-1
Pittsburgh0-01-2
North Carolina0-11-2

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson1-03-0
Wake Forest1-03-0
(19) Louisville1-12-1
Syracuse0-02-1
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-00-1
Boston College0-11-2


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