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Draft Profile: WR Bug Howard

Howard just locked up an invitation to the NFL Combine which means he is already on some scouts' radars. The rangy, athletic wideout can be a reliable option as a possession receiver or deep threat. He especially excels in one-on-one matchups in short yardage or goal-line situations. (Carolina Blue)

NFL Scout: UNC's Mitch Trubisky is 'top two or three' draft pick

UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky's lack of experience is concerning for NFL scouts, but it might not be enough to keep him from being the first quarterback selected in the NFL draft. In fact, an AFC scout believes Trubisky's draft stock will rise such that he could be selected No. 2 or 3 overall. "He's the guy, a Top 2 or 3 pick. A lot of teams like him up there." (NFL.com)

Report: UNC RB Coach Larry Porter Leaves for Auburn

Per a source, Auburn has hired North Carolina running backs coach Larry Porter as an offensive assistant. Porter coached at UNC since 2014. There he developed Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan into two of the top backs in the ACC. Porter is known as one of the nation’s elite recruiters. He was twice, in 2007 and 2009, named as the National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com (247 Sports)

Will Julius Peppers leave Packers for Panthers?

Julius Peppers is not sure what he's going to do. He will hit the free agency market in March as he has finished the final year of his three-year contract. And with him recently turning 37 years old, Peppers is contemplating retirement. However, if he does not retire, there's a good chance he does not finish his career with the Packers. (247 Sports)

Evaluating The Dallas Cowboys' Late Addition Of OG Jonathan Cooper

The Dallas Cowboys turned heads across the NFL when they signed Jonathan Cooper on an affordable deal at the end of the regular season. The veteran guard had spent the majority of the season with the Cleveland Browns. Cooper was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and the Cowboys had been interested in drafting him before he was selected by Arizona. (Dallas Cowboys)

UNC linebackers coach John Papuchis to take over as defensive coordinator

John Papuchis will take over as UNC's defensive coordinator. On Thursday, Gene Chizik announced that he was stepping down from the same role. “John is a natural fit to take over our defense given his role the last two years and his previous experience as a coordinator,” said Fedora. “He knows our players and staff and will seamlessly transition into an expanded role.” (Carolina Blue)

Gene Chizik Steps Down As Defensive Coordinator

UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, whose leadership helped significantly improve the Tar Heels’ defense over the last two seasons, has decided to step down from his position to spend more time with his family in Auburn, Ala. "After a lot of prayer and discussions with my wife and children, I have made the difficult decision to step away from coaching to be with my family,” said Chizik. (GoHeels.com)

UNC DL Coach Deke Adams Q&A

What prompted your decision to leave after the 2012 season and what brought you back? Deke Adams: "I wish I would have done things differently. Not long after we left, I told my wife that Chapel Hill was a great place. My wife loves it here. We even talked about finding a place here and possibly retiring. I’m just pleased that Coach Fedora gave me an opportunity to come back" (Inside Carolina)

Report: North Texas Defensive Coordinator Mike Ekeler Joining UNC Football Staff

Larry Fedora is adding Mike Ekeler to North Carolina's football coaching staff, according to FootballScoop. Ekeler, currently the defensive coordinator at North Texas, will take on a co-defensive coordinator role, per the report. This news would support the notion that current UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has made his decision to exit the program. (Inside Carolina)

Caleb Peterson, Nick Weiler Named To All-ACC Academic Football Team

North Carolina guard Caleb Peterson and kicker Nick Weiler were named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Football Team on Wednesday. Peterson, an exercise and sport science major from Auburn, Alabama, is a two-time selection. Weiler, a graduate student from Fairfax, Virginia, earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic team for the second straight year. (GoHeels.com)

A breakdown of new UNC DB Coach Terry Joseph

CarolinaBlue reached out to two college recruiting writers who covered teams where new UNC defensive backs coach Terry Joseph coached. Joseph recruited players who tended to be longer and physical. His defensive back recruits in the 2017 class are all at least 6-foot-2, even the corners. All but one defensive back recruit was 6 feet 2 or taller in the 2016 class. (Carolina Blue)

Q&A with new UNC DB Coach Terry Joseph

New North Carolina secondary coach Terry Joseph met with the media last week. He offered some insight into his recruiting strengths and geographic areas. What transpired to bring you to North Carolina? Joseph: "I had a lot of relationships with guys on the staff. Coach (John) Papuchis and I worked together numerous times at LSU and Nebraska." (Carolina Blue)

Ranking the ACC's Football Rosters for 2017

Here are the national recruiting ranking averages for ACC schools over the last five classes according to 247Sports Team Composite rankings and each team's record over the last five seasons. Obviously, this doesn't take into account attrition but, over time, this should be considered relatively even across the conference. 5. North Carolina (Athlon Sports)

Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw critical of Lions' Eric Ebron

For Terry Bradshaw, it’s not that the Lions aren’t trying to put pieces around Matthew Stafford, it’s that they’re not hitting enough on those investments. Bradshaw was particularly critical of Eric Ebron. “I don’t like their tight end and he’s a first-rounder,” Bradshaw said. “Ebron drops too many passes.” Bradshaw highlighted Ebron’s drops in the team’s playoff loss to Seattle. (Detroit News)

This time, Tar Heels ready for challenge of the Irish

For everything that was strange about Sunday afternoon, this one had a familiar feeling. A sunny afternoon tipoff at the Greensboro Coliseum had watched North Carolina jump out to a big second half lead in front of a partisan crowd before Notre Dame, the newcomer from up north, roared back thanks to a scrappy offense and a little luck of the Irish. (Greensboro News & Record)

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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