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UNC football’s tough road

Unlike its slate a season ago, UNC’s schedule for the upcoming season features multiple tests that will show if the Tar Heels are national contenders or just average. For the second year in a row, North Carolina will begin its season against an SEC opponent. This time, the Tar Heels will take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. (Daily Tar Heel)

Giovani Bernard's extension a product of friendships, 'unfinished business'

Giovani Bernard wants to be part of history. It's one of the reasons the running back was compelled last week to finalize a contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals that will keep him in stripes through the 2019 season. "We still have a lot to do," Bernard said. "There's a little bit of unfinished business that we want to -- not address, but -- get past." (ESPN.com)

Best case/worst case for UNC Football

Best Case: You thought last season was special? Just wait until this fall arrives. UNC, coming off a program-best 11-win campaign, opens with a bang in a win over Georgia. The Tar Heels drop just one game, at Florida State on Oct. 1, and avenge that loss against the Seminoles in the ACC title game, clinching an improbable berth in the College Football Playoff. (ESPN.com)

UNC's Mikey Bart can’t wait to meet Dogs in Dome

Some players shy away from sharing their true feelings about an upcoming opponent for fear of providing bulletin board material. But not UNC’s Mike Bart. He doesn’t mind admitting that the Tar Heels’ opener against Georgia in the Georgia Dome means a lot of him personally. “Obviously I can’t wait,” said the senior defensive end from Buford, Georgia. (Dawg Nation)

North Carolina Football: Ryan Switzer can be playmaker for Mitch Trubisky

Ryan Switzer has been the definition of a playmaker for his three years at North Carolina. Switzer’s freshman year saw him return five punts for touchdowns and score three touchdowns as a receiver. In Switzer’s last two seasons as a starting wide receiver, he caught 115 passes for 1,450 yards and 10 scores. (Saturday Blitz)

North Carolina Football Preview 2016: Keys To Success, Prediction

How effective will QB Mitch Trubisky be as the successor to Marquise Williams? It’s the only serious question mark for an offense that led the country at 7.3 yards per play a season ago. Carolina went airborne in 2015, averaging over 40 points per game. And not only is the system old hat now in Chapel Hill, but all of the running backs, five of the top six receivers and four starting O-linemen return. (Campus Insiders)

Video: UNC linemen crush big weight

Friday was big weight day for the Tar Heels. Check out footage of some of UNC's offensive and defensive lineman getting after it in the gym early on Friday morning. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Football: 17 new freshmen enroll

Members of UNC's 2016 football recruiting class will arrive in Chapel Hill on Tuesday. Seven players, including junior college transfer linebacker J.B. Copeland, enrolled in January. The remaining 17 signees will enroll and move in today. The class is headlined by quarterbacks Logan Byrd and Chazz Surratt and a plethora of defensive backs. (Carolina Blue)

ACC offensive lines will have plenty of experience in 2016

The ACC’s offensive lines should be strong in 2016. Phil Steele posted his annual report on returning starts for offensive lines, and the ACC has plenty of experienced units by that metric. North Carolina returns the second most experience in FBS but loses its top blocker in guard Landon Turner. He had been the glue that brought the line together. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels Honored With ACC Awards For Outstanding Service

Austin Proehl, Football - Proehl is an eager and enthusiastic volunteer and makes frequent trips to read with local elementary school students. Members of the football team visit UNC Hospitals before each home game, and he is always among the group. No matter the opportunity or audience, Proehl brings energy and a positive spirit to the task. (GoHeels.com)

Quincy Monk to be Inducted into Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission Hall of Fame

Robert Monk said he hadn’t really thought about what it would have meant for his late son being named a local hall of famer, but he knows how he feels. On Thursday, Robert and his family will accept on Quincy Monk’s behalf his induction into the Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Jacksonville Courtyard Marriott. (Jacksonville Daily News)

UNC Football: Tar Heels claim spot in ESPN early top 25

Head coach Larry Fedora has opened up the first day of camps for the summer, meaning football is soon. As teams gear up for what should be another thrilling college football season, ESPN has updated its way too early rankings for the 2016-17 season. (Keeping It Heel)

Darian Durant ready to return

Darian Durant is itching to see the field Saturday against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium. It's been almost a full year since the Riders' quarterback has played in a CFL game, after going down with a season-ending injury on June 27,2015. Durant said he is looking forward to getting some playing time in the Riders' second exhibition game of 2016. (News Talk 650 CKOM)

Athlon's ACC Football 2016 Pre-Season All-Conference Team

The ACC featured four teams – Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and North Carolina – in Athlon's projected top 25 for 2016, and those four teams are home to a good chunk of the league’s talent this fall. The Tigers lead the way with 14 overall selections on Athlon’s 2016 All-ACC team, while North Carolina and Louisville are tied for second with 12. (Athlon Sports)

Extra Points: Freak Out

Someone picked up on the moniker used by the wide receivers position group, “Freaks.” Someone added, “Freak Show.” Someone else added, “Fedora’s Freak Show.” And thus a brand was born. Over the next several months, staff graphic designer Tony Tucker fashioned a “Fedora’s Freak Show” logo around an idea from a 1974 poster for a horror flick called Freakmaker. (GoHeels.com)

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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