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Cowboys' call led to 'big-eye' moment for Jonathan Cooper

When offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper was released by the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 27, he figured his season was over. But then he got word the Dallas Cowboys were interested in signing him. "That was one of those big-eye moments," Cooper said. "I was like, 'Wow, they're on track to do something special, and they want to include me in it.' So that was pretty exciting." (ESPN.com)

How Mitch Trubisky went from a first-year starter to certain 2017 NFL Draft first-rounder

It took Mitch Trubisky until his fourth year at North Carolina to earn the starting job. It took him one year of playing college football to make himself a possible top-10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. That's who he is and how he got to this point. The Mentor grad declared for the draft on Monday and is projected by many analysts to be the first quarterback taken. (Cleveland.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast: NCSU Blowout Win, Trubisky Departure

Recap UNC's blowout win over NC State and preview this week's games against Wake Forest and Florida State with the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas also discuss Mitch Trubisky's departure for the NFL. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

Get to know Mitch Trubisky: 2017 NFL Draft profile

North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced that he is foregoing his senior season and entering the NFL Draft on Monday. Trubisky joins the group of quarterbacks the Browns will consider with either the No. 1 overall pick or the No. 12 pick in the upcoming draft. That group includes Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Notre Dame's Deshone Kizer. (Cleveland.com)

Mitch Trubisky had a huge year at UNC, but should he be a top NFL draft pick?

To the surprise of just about no one, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced Monday that he would forgo his final season of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Trubisky had garnered a lot of buzz after throwing 30 touchdown passes and just six interceptions this season for the Tar Heels. (Washington Post)

Extra Points: Game-Winning Choices

Now, there’s nothing scientific about this and there are no official measurements from Nike about the differing performances of the footballs. It’s all merely preference, and since we know how the mind works in athletics, if a kicker thinks a ball might go a little farther, it probably will. Nick Weiler hit those field goals as well as one from 50 yards against Georgia Tech. (GoHeels.com)

2017 UNC football opponent Cal fires head coach Sonny Dykes

Sonny Dykes, who has overseen the Golden Bear football program for the past four seasons, has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at the University of California, Director of Athletics Mike Williams announced Sunday. Over his four seasons as head coach, Dykes led the Bears to a 19-30 record. This past fall, the Bears posted a 5-7 record. (Cal Bears)

Trubisky's simple decision signals overhaul for Tar Heels offense

Mitch Trubisky could have returned for one more lap with the Tar Heels, but he’s already graduated. He’s definitely not getting any younger and probably not much stronger. The contact terms almost certainly would not increase much – if any – had he returned to an offense that now is also minus Ryan Switzer, Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan, Mack Hollins and Bug Howard. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC's Mitch Trubisky Discusses NFL Decision

I want to start off by thanking everyone, my teammates, my coaches, everyone at UNC for the opportunity to come here and do what I did and be able to play at the University of North Carolina. I wouldn’t change one thing. That being said, I had to make the toughest decision of my life to go ahead and move forward and declare for the NFL Draft. (Inside Carolina)

Mitch Trubisky Departure Ushers In 2017 Rebuild for UNC Offense

Mitch Trubisky’s decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft leaves Larry Fedora with a massive rebuilding effort on offense entering the offseason. Trubisky is expected to be a top-10 pick in April’s NFL Draft, which will net him a four-year contract between $15-$30 million. While his decision is hard to argue, it leaves the 2017 Tar Heel offense short on experience. (Inside Carolina)

Mitch Trubisky Declares for NFL Draft

UNC junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky: "After a lot of prayer and thought, I have decided to forgo my senior year and enter the NFL draft. This has been the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make. But no matter what happens next, I know I’ll never experience something as special as being a Tar Heel. To the fans and my fellow students: Playing in front of you guys was a dream come true." (The Players' Tribune)

Julius Peppers playing 'like he's in his 20s'

Julius Peppers was perhaps the best player on the field for the Packers defense in a 38-13 wild-card win over the New York Giants. Along with his sack, Peppers hit Eli Manning two more times and batted down two passes. Whether Peppers was an interior rusher or coming from the edge, the Giants couldn’t block him. Not bad for man 10 days from his 37th birthday. (Sheboygan Press)

Former Hoggard High School coach happy for Jonathan Cooper

This week one of Wilmington’s own got a change of scenery after he signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Jonathan Cooper was cut by the Cleveland Browns, the team with the worst record in the NFL, and now has the chance to play for the super bowl. Before Jonathan Cooper was in the NFL, he was a football stand-out at Hoggard High School. (WWAY)

Five things to know about Eric Ebron, his thoughts on playoff game

On Saturday night, the Lions will be playing in their third straight nationally televised game. "I'm cool with it, the more cameras the more fun,'' said tight end Eric Ebron with a big laugh. "It doesn't bother me at all.'' Of course, this one will be a little different since it's wild-card playoff game at the Seattle Seahawks who are heavily favored. (Oakland Press)

Dolphins backup QB T.J. Yates familiar with Matt Moore's playoff challenge

T.J. Yates glances at his fellow backup quarterbacks starting playoff games this weekend and smiles. “I was obviously in that situation at one point,” said Yates, now the Dolphins' backup, who started and won Houston’s first-ever playoff game as a rookie in 2011. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

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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