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Georgia star running back Nick Chubb says he'll be ready for Tar Heels in opener

It was encouraging news for the Georgia Bulldogs when standout running back Nick Chubb pronounced himself fully recovered from knee surgery and again fit for action last week in Athens. The schedule puts North Carolina’s defense first in line for Chubb’s possible return when the Heels and Dawgs open the season Sept. 3. in Atlanta. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Barth brothers kicking clinic coming in July

Hoggard High School graduates Connor and Casey Barth will hold their annual free summer kicking clinic 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Scott Braswell Stadium. Kickin' it with the Barth Brothers is open to kickers of all ages. (Wilmington Star News)

Brandon Tate keeps giving back

Brandon Tate has been in the NFL long enough that the Cummings High School graduate is a veteran in the league. But for a few hours Saturday back on his high school campus, it was about the kids again. Tate’s free clinic for youngsters drew about 200 participants. Tate is preparing to enter his eighth NFL season after a record-setting kick return career at UNC. (Burlington Times News)

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron seeks bigger role on offense

Eric Ebron had the biggest game of his life — eight catches for 199 yards and a touchdown — three years ago as a junior at North Carolina. Ebron’s Tar Heels lost to Miami that day, but he gave his new position coach, then Hurricanes head coach Al Golden, a glimpse of what he could be as a player. (Detroit Free Press)

Mike McCarthy: Julius Peppers is 'ageless'

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is well aware that outside linebacker Julius Peppers is 36 years old, but it just doesn't seem that way. "Julius Peppers is ageless," McCarthy told Packersnews.com this week. Peppers knows that doesn't come by accident, though. Amid a story detailing his lengthy career, he shared a few secrets to his success. (NFL.com)

QBs and matchups make UNC-Georgia most compelling Week 1 game

Offensively for UNC, there is a new quarterback but Mitch Trubisky is billed as a player of the year candidate. The offense is loaded around Trubisky, who was stellar in a reserve role. The Dawgs are experienced in the secondary and were a highly rated group last season, but opposing SEC quarterbacks were a forgiving bunch, collectively. (ESPN.com)

Darian Durant’s health key to Saskatchewan Roughriders resurgence in 2016

The last two years have taught Darian Durant to take nothing for granted. The veteran quarterback enters his 10th CFL season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who’ll open the campaign June 30 hosting the Toronto Argonauts. But the 2016 season is an important one for Durant after suffering season-ending injuries the last two years. (Canadian Press)

NFL will interview Julius Peppers, other players tied to Al-Jazeera America report on PEDs

Adolpho Birch, the NFL's senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, wrote in a strongly worded letter to NFL Players Association counsel Heather McPhee – obtained Friday by USA TODAY Sports – that Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison all will be scheduled for interviews the day their respective camps open. (USA Today)

Broncos nose tackle Sylvester Williams sees opportunity to expand his role

When Sylvester Williams was told that the Broncos would not pick up his fifth-year option, the fourth-year veteran was not disheartened. Conversely, he took their reasoning constructively, and devoted himself to improving further and proving that he could become more dependable during the 2016 season. "I have to go out there and prove myself again," he said. (Denver Broncos)

Will Bengals center Russell Bodine have breakout season in year three?

The Bengals have had a loaded roster for years now but one of the few positions where media and fans agree they're weak is center. Russell Bodine, entering his third year in the NFL, has been a below average starter at best for Cincinnati since he was handed the job by default after the team traded up in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft to select him. (Cincy Jungle)

Criticisms of Bengals center Russell Bodine has his coach really peeved

If you see Cincinnati Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander around town, do him a favor, OK? Don't ask him about Russell Bodine. Alexander was trying to get his haircut recently at a popular downtown Cincinnati barber shop when he was jokingly harassed about starting Bodine at center. (ESPN.com)

Hendersonville's Eric Gash moves from field to front office

When Eric Gash (UNC '92) met members of the Hendersonville High football team Wednesday, he used a sports analogy to explain why he stepped down as coach on Tuesday to become the school’s athletic director and an assistant principal. “I told them my head coach, the principal, gave me another position,” said Gash. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Expert Poll: Ranking the Best Towns in College Football

9. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Sure, the rolling North Carolina hills are gorgeous and the campus is exemplary, but the food! Chapel Hill prides itself on its farmers, chefs and Southern flavor. This town has a taste for everyone. Just stroll up and down Franklin Street for all of the above, music, movies and much more. It’s beautiful, it’s cultural and it’s uniquely American. (Athlon Sports)

UNC Football’s 10-Win Repeat Chances

In attempting to reconcile UNC’s 11-win season in 2015 with projections in the 8-win range for 2016, it’s important to understand the difficulty in winning 10 games in a season. Only seven elite programs have managed to average 10 wins over the past decade – Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, LSU, TCU and Boise State. Twenty-nine teams won 10 or more games in 2015. (Inside Carolina)

UNC boasts one of the top WR corps in college football

When UNC kicks off its 2016 campaign, there’s going to be a lot of “he’s still there?” commentary when it comes to the team’s receiving corps. The Tar Heels enter this fall with a veteran group of receivers made up of players who made their presence felt often over the last four years. Ryan Switzer, Mack Hollins and Bug Howard fill out the starting spots. (Today's U)

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
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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