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John Papuchis On UNC's Defensive Growth, Big Plays, Attitude & More

UNC defensive coordinator John Papuchis met with the media after practice Wednesday to discuss his defensive unit’s growth over the last month, why it’s still allowing a catastrophic play for a score each week, and about the unit’s overall attitude. "Our challenge is to be able focused and play with the type of effort that eliminates (errors) for four quarters." (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Chase Rice Gives Young Boy the Gift of Music in New Video

The importance of music education and fostering a love for the arts has never been lost on Chase Rice. With hopes to pass along an appreciation of music to the next generation, Rice set out to give a child the gift of music and he documented their heartwarming meeting for his “Three Chords and the Truth” music video. (Sounds Like Nashville)

Hang time from Down Under: Virginia Tech, UNC both using punters from Australia

Fans wanting to see a high-scoring affair between the Hokies and Tar Heels might not agree, but Chapman’s interest in the matchup lies strictly on the special teams. North Carolina sophomore Tom Sheldon and Virginia Tech freshman Oscar Bradburn trained together at Prokick Australia, the first time two products of the kicking academy will square off in ACC play. (Roanoke Times)

Maturity? Mitch Trubisky shows it through flexibility, good decisions

The Ravens tried to trick Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky through change. As offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains explained Wednesday, the Ravens played cover-2 — two safeties over the top — on 41 plays after only showing that look once in the first five weeks. Trubisky was surprised by it. And he handled it well. That’s the part that no one talks about. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Video: Matt Merletti - Surratt should start at QB, not Harris

Former North Carolina safety Matt Merletti assesses the Tar Heels' quarterback situation after Larry Fedora started Brandon Harris over Chazz Surratt against Virginia last week. Plus, Merletti and Marilyn Payne preview UNC's game at No. 14 Virginia Tech. View Video...

UNC Defense Looking to Limit Big Plays Against No. 14 Virginia Tech

The offensive struggles for the UNC football team have been well-documented, but it’s the defense’s biggest problem area that could doom the Tar Heels this week in Blacksburg against No. 14 Virginia Tech. While UNC will have to find a way to score points no matter who the quarterback is, the Hokies have the ability to pressure the Tar Heels from the get-go. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Shows Defensive Growth Despite Catastrophic Plays

Much has been made of North Carolina’s defense and its preseason expectations to carry Larry Fedora’s sixth team in Chapel Hill. After failing to live up to that hype with a comedy of errors in early losses to California and Louisville, the Tar Heel defense has been plodding along each week, showing both improvement and a knack for giving up a catastrophic play every Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

Four things to know ahead of North Carolina's game at Virginia Tech on Saturday

Through six games, the Virginia Tech Hokies are only allowing 13.7 points on average, the seventh best mark in the country. SB Nation’s Bill Connelly’s S&P+ rankings, a statistic that takes into account strength of opponent and garbage time, say the Hokies’ defense is the 11th best nationally. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds might be the star of the group. (Daily Tar Heel)

North Carolina’s offense faces its toughest task to date

A deafening crowd and a physical defense await the Tar Heels this weekend. With a trip to Virginia Tech coming Saturday, UNC’s sputtering offense might be on the verge of slipping deeper into its funk. Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster has assembled another stout group. On the way to its 5-1 record, Virginia Tech has been superb at limiting opposing offenses. (FanRag Sports)

Patience gives UNC's Michael Carter an extra burst

The truth is that there aren't a lot of bright spots to speak of in North Carolina’s 1-6 season. But Michael Carter is one of them. On a team that lost many offensive playmakers to the NFL last April and even more to season-ending injuries, Carter has teamed with Jordon Brown in the Tar Heel backfield to give the team some semblance of a running game. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Virginia Tech-North Carolina Preview

After a much-needed bye week, No. 14 Virginia Tech returns to action against North Carolina in Lane Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It’s Homecoming in Lane Stadium, and the Hokies will be facing a struggling Tar Heel team that is 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the ACC. UNC beat Old Dominion 53-23 back in September, but the rest of their schedule has been a major struggle. (Tech Sideline)

Larry Fedora On Attitude, Learning, Morning Ritual & More

Larry Fedora: “Just adversity, that’s all it is. You attack it every day. I wake up in the morning and I say ‘It’s going to be a great day, I cannot fail I can only learn and grow.' I set my attitude and then I attack the day. Whatever happens happens. It doesn’t mean everything good is going to happen, but I can control my attitude about how I’m going to address it and how I’m going to act.” (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Kapilovic Clarifies UNC QB Situation

Redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt appeared to have solidified his starting job at quarterback until it appeared as though he had not when LSU grad transfer Brandon Harris earned his second start of the season in the loss to Virginia last weekend. The decision was kept under wraps and promptly spurred speculation as to why Harris played the entire game. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora worried he was ‘being catfished’ when recruiting punter Tom Sheldon

In recent years, Australia has emerged as a breeding ground for punters. This week, when North Carolina and Virginia Tech square off, both teams will feature punters from Down Under. In his teleconference Wednesday, Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora discussed the unique challenge of recruiting his punter, Tom Sheldon, from more than 10,000 miles away. (DieHards.com)

UNC-Virginia Tech: Matchup to Watch

It will be a battle of programs headed in different directions when North Carolina (1-6, 0-4 ACC) travels to Blacksburg to play No. 14 Virginia Tech (5-1, 1-1 ACC) on Saturday. Larry Fedora’s squad has been the struck viciously by the injury bug all year, resulting in an offense that has failed to find any sort of rhythm, especially over the last four weeks. (Inside Carolina)

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 34
Pittsburgh: 31
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Virginia0
at #2 Miami0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Delaware State0
at Florida State0
Saturday 12:00 PM

The Citadel0
at #3 Clemson0
Saturday 12:20 PM

Pittsburgh0
at Virginia Tech0
Saturday 12:20 PM

Western Carolina0
at North Carolina0
Saturday 3:00 PM

Syracuse0
at Louisville0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Georgia Tech0
at Duke0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Boston College0
at Connecticut0
Saturday 7:00 PM

#22 NC State0
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(2) Miami6-09-0
Georgia Tech4-35-4
Virginia Tech3-37-3
Virginia3-36-4
Pittsburgh2-44-6
Duke1-54-6
North Carolina1-62-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson7-19-1
(25) NC State5-17-3
Wake Forest3-36-4
Louisville3-46-4
Boston College3-45-5
Florida State3-53-6
Syracuse2-44-6


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