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Holcomb, Stewart help lead UNC defense

If the Tar Heels are going to be successful against Stanford in this year's Sun Bowl on Friday, the play of linebacker Cole Holcomb and cornerback M.J. Stewart will likely be key. Both players have been key playmakers for the 8-4 Tar Heels. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Holcomb, who hails from New Smyrna Beach, Fla, is second on the team in tackles with 105. (El Paso Times)

UNC's Nazair Jones overcomes huge odds, keeps playing

It is Christmas Day, and Nazair Jones will be arriving at El Paso International Airport with the rest of his UNC teammates — filled excitement for a future that is as bright as the Texas desert sky. Five years ago on Christmas Day Jones was in a different place, not knowing which was worse — the searing, debilitating pain in his legs or the fear of the unknown. (El Paso Times)

Sun Bowl ticket sales low, but expected to rise after Christmas

If you take a look at Ticketmaster, you may notice there are thousands of tickets available for the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl less than a week out from the big game. As of Friday, the Sun Bowl had sold around 35,000 tickets out of the available 50,426 seats. But Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association, said he expects the ticket sales to rise in the final week. (KVIA.com)

11 storylines for 11 ACC bowl games

Sun Bowl: Is this Mitch Trubisky's last game? Trubisky might be the first QB off the board in next year's NFL draft. He hasn't made anything official, which adds plenty of intrigue to a game that already has plenty of it, from UNCs quest to erase last year's bowl debacle to Christian McCaffrey's decision to skip the game altogether. (ESPN.com)

Christmas Q&A with Greg Warren

Times NFL Correspondent Chris Mueller talks with long-time Steelers long snapper Greg Warren about playing on Christmas and how he adjusts his personal life to playing on a holiday. Warren: I think it’s a huge honor to play on Christmas. It’s kind of difficult on the personal side to be able to enjoy the holiday with your family when you’ve got a game like that. (TimesOnline.com)

Pros vs. Cons: Should UNC’s Mitch Trubisky declare for the NFL Draft?

Mitch Trubisky has a life-changing decision to make. Does he leave UNC after the Sun Bowl on Dec. 30? Or does he return to Chapel Hill for his senior season? Trubisky has demonstrated the pinpoint accuracy and field maturity that has some NFL scouts drooling. For several franchises throughout the league, Trubisky is being hailed as a potential savior. (ACC Sports Journal)

Elijah Hood out for bowl game, back for 2017- What it means

Big news dropped late on Thursday afternoon when it was announced that North Carolina's starting junior running back Elijah Hood would miss the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 30 due to medical issues. It was also announced that Hood would return for the 2017 season. (Carolina Blue)

Chazz Surratt: First year at UNC both challenging and rewarding

Chazz Surratt said no matter how much he mentally prepared for the challenge of college football, it’s still been an adjustment to go from playing every Friday last year to watching and learning every Saturday this season. “It’s definitely been a learning experience,” Surratt said. It helps that he’s learning from is one of the top quarterbacks in the country. (Gaston Gazette)

No Love lost: How can UNC stop the one who got away?

Christian McCaffrey’s decision to sit out the Sun Bowl might be seen as a good thing for UNC’s defense. UNC, though, must now to find a way to stop North Carolina native Bryce Love. Love, one of UNC’s top targets two years ago, would have started for several programs in the Pac-12 or the ACC. But Love made the most of his role as McCaffrey’s backup. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC's Nazair Jones: Six Years Later

A 16-year-old boy was admitted to UNC Children's Hospital on December 13, 2010 - his birthday - unsure of his ability to walk again. Six years later, on his 22nd birthday, Nazair Jones celebrated the confident, powerful man he'd become, having made a major impact on the UNC football program -- as a talented defensive tackle, leader and role model -- and the Chapel Hill community. (Inside Carolina)

Top 10 single-game performances from ACC players in 2016

10. HB/KR T.J. Logan (UNC) vs Georgia: T.J. Logan staked a conclusive claim for the kick-return spot with some incredible moves against Georgia in Week 1. He simply could not be corralled, picking up 170 yards on his five returns, including a 95-yarder to the house. That’s a fair contribution from any role player, yet Logan’s work was not done. (Pro Football Focus)

Twitter Q&A: Julius Peppers

Green Bay Packers LB Julius Peppers answered questions from fans on Twitter Thursday morning. (Green Bay Packers)

Robert Quinn, Tavon Austin bring holiday joy to single mother of six

Robert Quinn and Los Angeles Rams teammate Tavon Austin had spent more than $20,000 from their own bank accounts to furnish this place for a single mother named Rebecca Carter, who had just been reunited with her six young children and was doing her best to put six years of periodic homelessness behind her. Carter walked in, her eyes lit up. (ESPN.com)

Elijah Hood To Miss Sun Bowl, Will Return For Senior Season

Junior tailback Elijah Hood will not play in UNC’s Sun Bowl matchup vs. Stanford on Dec. 30 due to medical issues. Hood will remain in North Carolina when the Tar Heels travel to El Paso, Texas. Hood will return for his senior season in 2017. "I’m disappointed I cannot be with my football brothers for the bowl game, but I look forward to returning to the field in 2017." (GoHeels.com)

Thomas Jackson ready to take next step for UNC football

It’s been a big year for Thomas Jackson. The junior wide receiver has caught four touchdowns in 2016 — tied with Mack Hollins for third on the team. He can rattle off exactly when he scored them: against Florida State, Virginia, Duke and N.C. State. He’s scored so much that he’s even taken up a new nickname among his teammates — Touchdown T-Jax. (Daily Tar Heel)

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
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6

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