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Is Mitch Trubisky Ready for the NFL?

According to most NFL draft boards, former UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky is the clear No. 1 signal caller in April's NFL Draft. Is Trubisky ready, though? When a quarterback is taken in the first round, he's almost always expected to start immediately. He's usually thrown into the fire on a bad team with little help around him, and expected to revitalize a franchise. (Hero Sports)

Tennessee announces hiring of UNC DB coach Charlton Warren

The Tennessee Volunteers football program announced Monday that Charlton Warren has agreed to terms to become the defensive backs coach for the Vols. Warren served as defensive backs coach at North Carolina the last two seasons and also has spent time on the Nebraska and Air Force coaching staffs. (Tennessee Athletics)

UNC's Ryan Switzer confident in abilities

You said you believe you're a first round talent. I'm guessing you still feel that way, right? Ryan Switzer: Yeah, first round talent doesn't always equate to being drafted in the first round. I stack my talents and abilities up against anybody in this draft class. But, sometimes a slot receiver and punt returner, especially of my stature, doesn't get the first round love. (Senior Bowl)

Eric Ebron's next goal is big: 1,000-yard season

Eric Ebron sat in front of his locker last month, surrounded by the custom cleats he has worn all season long and the reality of another season coming to a close. This, though, was different for the Detroit Lions tight end. After three years in the NFL, the team’s first-round pick in the 2014 draft seems to have finally found his place in the Detroit offense and the NFL. (ESPN.com)

From UNC to eight NFL stops: Shaun Draughn keeps the faith

Released by seven different teams since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Shaun Draughn even went back to North Carolina one summer and opened his own real estate investment company. But after stints with the Redskins, Chiefs, Ravens, Colts, Bears, Chargers, Browns and 49ers, Draughn is still an NFL running back. (Durham Herald-Sun)

2017 UNC football opponent California announces Justin Wilcox as head coach

The 40-year-old was officially named Cal’s head coach on Saturday, with the university announcing a five-year contract. Terms were not disclosed, but he is expected to earn between $1.5 – $2 million per season. Wilcox has never been a head coach, but he served as a defensive coordinator at five schools (Boise State, Tennessee, Washington, USC and Wisconsin). (San Jose Mercury News)

Packers Want to Win One for Julius Peppers

There probably will not be impassioned speeches before Sunday’s playoff game about winning a Super Bowl for Julius Peppers. And “#WinOneForJulius” won’t be trending on Twitter. But you don’t have to dig too deep to see that the Packers would love to get Peppers a Super Bowl ring. (Packer Report)

Julius Peppers has no issues making plays at 36

Julius Peppers has been on a roll lately. On Sunday vs. the New York Giants, Peppers notched a sack, a quarterback hit and two passes defended. He now has 8.5 sacks on the year, which ranks second on the team. Peppers, who is 36 and turns 37 next week, has recorded five sacks in the last eight games and head coach Mike McCarthy is impressed how Peppers continues to succeed as he gets older. (CBS Sports)

Baylor RB Johnny Jefferson says he was dealing with drug withdrawal when he had 299 yards versus UNC

Baylor redshirt senior running back Johnny Jefferson admitted in a radio interview that he was suffering from heroin withdrawals when he ran for 299 yards against North Carolina in last year's Russell Athletic Bowl. Jefferson, who ran for 1,000 yards in 2015, sat out this past season. He currently does not plan to return to football. (Rotoworld)

Julius Peppers' teammates would love to give him another shot at Super Bowl

There will be no win-one-for-Julius speech before kickoff. Aaron Rodgers is sure of that. But that doesn’t mean that Julius Peppers’ Green Bay Packers teammates aren’t aware that time is running out on the ageless pass rusher’s career, that he may not have many — or any — more chances at getting the Super Bowl ring that has eluded him during his 15 NFL seasons. (Wisconsin State Journal)

The 25 highest-paid players in NFL history: No. 8 Julius Peppers

8. Julius Peppers, LB — $156.0 million Seasons: 15 Highest single-season earnings: $20.2 million (2010; includes $6.5 million signing bonus) Championships: Pro Bowls: 9 First-team All-Pro: 3 One thing to know: Peppers will be an unrestricted contract after the season. (Business Insider)

Darian Durant Traded to Montreal Alouettes

The bottom line ruled when it came to the Saskatchewan Roughriders trading Darian Durant’s rights to the Montreal Alouettes on Friday. The trade ended nearly 2½ months of negotiations between the Riders and Durant regarding a contract extension. Durant, 34, is still eligible to file for free agency on Feb. 14 if he doesn’t sign with the Alouettes. (Regina Leader-Post)

Video: Elijah Hood UNC Career Highlights

Elijah Hood has been a huge part of UNC's record-setting offense the past two seasons. Hood amassed 2,580 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns in his Tar Heel career. The Charlotte native was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2015 and a third-team choice in 2016. View Video...

Podcast: Taylor Vippolis Special

On this week’s podcast, former UNC football player and current GoHeelsTV analyst, Taylor Vippolis, joins us to discuss UNC football and basketball as well as his role with GoHeelsTV. With so many departures for the NFL Draft, we discuss which players might play big roles next season. We also take a look back at this past week’s basketball games. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC turning to new faces on the offensive line

The Tar Heels return three offensive line starters from the Sun Bowl — rising seniors Bentley Spain and R.J. Prince, as well as rising sophomore Tommy Hatton. Spain will return to left tackle, while Prince heads into spring as the favorite at right guard. A couple of UNC’s 2016 signees — Luke Elder and Tyler Pritchett — are primed to enter the two-deep. (ACC Sports Journal)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2, TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Boston College2-67-6

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