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Tar Heels’ Des Lawrence makes fashion statement at ACC Football Kickoff

What a spectacle Des Lawrence’s closet must be. North Carolina’s senior cornerback was among the dozens of players and coaches who spoke at the ACC Football Kickoff Thursday, but the former Charlotte Christian star made more noise with his clothes than his comments. (Charlotte Observer)

Des Lawrence excited for big senior season with improved UNC defense

Cornerback Des Lawrence enters his senior season at North Carolina more mature and intent on making headlines on the field rather than off the field. He was one of four Tar Heels suspended for one game at the start of his sophomore season because of an off-campus altercation involving the team. “I’ve settled down,” Lawrence said Thursday at ACC Kickoff. (Raleigh & Company)

Offense can carry UNC again in 2016

UNC football coach Larry Fedora doesn’t believe his offense has reached its limits. “We have the talent to be better than our numbers said we were last year.” Given what Carolina accomplished a season ago, Fedora’s expectations may come off as somewhat far-fetched. But a look at the personnel suddenly makes his hopes seem a little more realistic. (Today's U)

Audio: Fedora doesn’t care about predictions: “It’s not something that we talk about”

Back in Charlotte for the 2016 ACC Kickoff, North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora joined The David Glenn Show. During the interview, Fedora mentioned that following a disappointing close to the 2015 season, there was plenty to work on in the offseason. “When you lose your last two games, you have things you want to talk about,” Fedora stated. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC tries to stop revolving door atop ACC's Coastal Division

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora knows all about the unpredictable nature of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division after his Tar Heels made a surprise climb to the top last season. Staying there? Now that will be tough based on the division's recent run. (Associated Press)

Tar Heels confident in firepower returning on offense heading into UGA opener

The Tar Heels bring back seven offensive starters from a unit that ranked ninth in the nation in scoring last season at 40.6 points per game and 18th in total offense at 486.9 yards per game. Even with quarterback Marquise Williams departed, there is plenty of confidence in Mitch Trubisky, who completed 40 of 47 passes last year for 555 yards with six touchdowns. (Dog Bytes)

UNC's Fedora apologizes for comment to female reporter

UNC coach Larry Fedora has apologized to a female reporter for a comment made during the ACC's preseason media days regarding the emotional maturation of male players. Brooke Pryor with North State Journal asked Fedora on Thursday about how cornerback Des Lawrence had matured since an off-field incident that led to a 2014 suspension. (Associated Press)

North Carolina looking forward to ‘dream’ game, national audience vs. UGA

The Georgia Dome will be UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s first moment in the spotlight. “It’s exciting playing a game of that magnitude, because the guys don’t look at it as, ‘What does this do for our program?'” Fedora said. “They dream when they’re kids — and they’re playing in the backyard — they dream of playing in games like this. They’re excited about it.” (Dawg Nation)

UNC could have the best corner duo in the nation

Overlooked in North Carolina’s 11-win season was the performance of the Tar Heels’ secondary. The corners, in particular, are incredibly talented. Senior Des Lawrence and Junior M.J. Stewart form one of the top starting pairs in the entirety of the FBS. The Tar Heels’ corners stuck consistently to receivers a year ago, and the pair could even improve in 2016. (Pro Football Focus)

ICTV: Cole Holcomb Interview (Pt.2)

Cole Holcomb joined the UNC football team prior to the 2014 season as a walk-on from New Smyrna Beach, Florida. In 2016 he finds himself listed atop the depth chart as a starter entering fall camp. The sophomore sits down to share his thoughts prior to the start of pre-season practice. Segment 2: defensive improvement in 2016. (Inside Carolina)

Points allowed, rather than yards, is focus for UNC defense

UNC’s defense helped carry the Tar Heels to an 11-3 record and the ACC championship game last season, even generating conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Even after an improvement of more than 62 yards and 14.5 points allowed last season, cornerback Des Lawrence said that the Tar Heels’ defense isn’t getting the credit it deserves. (Greensboro News & Record)

The ‘gap is closing’ between North Carolina, elite football programs

There are two elite programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference — Clemson and Florida State — and then there’s a large gap between that pair and the rest of the conference. North Carolina is doing its best to join the highest level before any of its other ACC rivals. “That gap is closing,” Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said at Thursday’s ACC Kickoff. (Dawg Nation)

How healthy is Chazz Surratt?

How well is freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt doing in summer football drills at UNC? So well that two-time All-American return specialist and wide receiver Ryan Switzer wasn't even aware that Surratt's left elbow had been injured last season. "I wasn't aware of the injury that he had because he's been doing our team workouts and looks well," Switzer said. (Gaston Gazette)

UNC Sophisticating its Defensive Scheme

After an initial season based upon a philosophy of simplification, Gene Chizik is finally ready to add more schematic elements to North Carolina’s defense. UNC installed its base defense three times before last season’s opener against South Carolina, taking a methodical approach that refused to leave any player in doubt as to his responsibilities. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Ryan Switzer against idea of abolishing kickoffs from college game

At an event called the ACC Kickoff, it was only fitting that the topic of kickoffs -- or more to the point eliminating them -- came up. And from that end, who better to ask than North Carolina return man Ryan Switzer? (FOX Sports)

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
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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