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Five With Fedora: Sept. 25

As the game went on, you said you felt like Chazz Surratt started to try and make things happen instead of taking what they were giving him. What did the film show? Larry Fedora: "For the most part it showed exactly that. In the earlier parts of the game I thought Chazz was poised and staying within the system. But you could see him press some in the fourth quarter." (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Manpower and Mistakes

With the Tar Heels’ injured list of walking wounded now approaching epidemic proportions, Duke rightfully should have blown them out of Kenan Stadium Saturday. But it turned out Carolina had the Blue Devils right where it wanted them to start the 4th quarter – the fourth time in four games the Heels led after three periods only to now stand 1-3 on the season. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Football's Options for Medical Hardship Waivers

North Carolina’s rash of season-ending injuries has prompted questions among the fan base regarding hardship waivers and which injured players are eligible to earn a season of competition back. First things first: there is no such thing as a medical redshirt. NCAA bylaws dictate that student-athletes have five years to complete four years of eligibility on the playing field. (Inside Carolina)

Injury-riddled Heels leaning on converted QB at wide receiver

North Carolina’s wide receiver corps can’t catch a break. As the crazy number of injuries forces the Tar Heels to go deeper into their bench, the best pass target the rest of the season might now be a converted quarterback. After losing many talented receivers from last year’s teams, those losses are more damaging because one pass catcher after another is getting hurt. (Raleigh & Company)

Who will step up to fill void at WR for North Carolina?

Anthony Ratliff-Williams could be on his way to becoming UNC's new No. 1 receiver target. The converted quarterback displayed big-play ability against the Devils with five grabs for 125 yards and a score. Two of those receptions came on 35- and 45-yard catches at the end of the second quarter to help UNC tie the game at 10. After Ratliff-Williams, the situation gets murky. (FanRag Sports)

The Hurt

Throughout this week they talked about it, the UNC coaching staff of the football team's fourth-quarter struggles, and made finishing an emphasis. And when the final quarter began in Saturday's matchup against Duke at Kenan Stadium, the Tar Heels found themselves in the same position – clinging to a lead – they'd been in through their first three games. But this felt different. (GoHeels.com)

Some UNC Football Numbers To Chew On

In the last two games, North Carolina’s defense has allowed just one touchdown in the first half. Old Dominion returned a kickoff for a touchdown and Duke’s offense scored one, but that’s it. If you take the first half of the ODU game, before UNC went into cruise control, and all of the Duke game, the Tar Heels’ defense has allowed a total of 20 points in those six quarters. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

'Trying to make a play'

It was freshman Chazz Surratt’s most prolific game in his collegiate career. He tied his career high in passing yards (259), matching last week’s total in a win over Old Dominion, and he set a new mark for rushing yards (77) on a team-high 17 carries. He took every snap behind center for the first time of his career, all while his teammates could hardly stay on the field. (Argyle Report)

Panthers DE Julius Peppers explains decision to stay off field for national anthem

Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers didn’t report to the field until after the national anthem Sunday, a move he said was in response to comments by President Donald Trump. Peppers said his protest didn’t hurt anyone, and that he did it in response to the President saying NFL players who protest during the anthem should be “fired” by their team. (Charlotte Observer)

Extra Points: No Words

The ravages heaped upon the 2017 Tar Heel team have become impossible to fathom. North Carolina issued an injury list Thursday night per ACC guidelines with 19 names total, including nine players lost for the year. Saturday against Duke, starters Austin Proehl, Toe Groves and Tyler Powell left with what appeared to be serious issues for each. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's "Next Man Up" philosophy is being severely tested in 2017

“Next Man Up” is a Larry Fedora mantra built on competition and preparation. Players compete throughout spring ball and training camp for starting positions and then prepare throughout the season as if they won the job even if they lost. The intent is that when injuries occur, backups are able to fill the void with little decline in production. The mantra works for the random injury. (Inside Carolina)

UNC quickly running out of options at receiver, with exception of Anthony Ratliff-Williams

Anthony Ratliff-Williams heaved himself onto the chair in the UNC media room with a strained sigh. For the first time this season, the sophomore receiver led the team with 125 receiving yards and a touchdown along with 87 yards in kickoff returns during a loss to Duke on Saturday. UNC's receiving corps lost its most experienced receiver Saturday in senior Austin Proehl. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Saints set to see Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers once again

After seven seasons elsewhere, Julius Peppers is back to scaring quarterbacks for the Carolina Panthers. And the 37-year-old seems to be picking up where he left off in 2009, even if he's in a different role. Playing as a backup behind starting defensive ends Charles Johnson and Mario Addison, Peppers still leads the Panthers with 2.5 sacks through two games. (NOLA.com)

Rookie WR Mack Hollins Seizing Opportunity With Eagles

Turns out that Mack Hollins is much more than a deep threat. Hollins, the Eagles' rookie fourth-round pick from North Carolina, recorded the first three receptions of his brief NFL career last Sunday in Kansas City. The most impressive thing about Hollins has been his comfort level. He carries himself like a veteran, and on Sunday at Arrowhead he played like one. (NBC Philadelphia)

Mitch Trubisky says learning process 'a lot more complex than people think'

On Friday, with three weeks of regular-season practice under his belt, Mitch Trubisky spoke about the learning curve he's climbing. And sure, he acknowledged, it's sometimes amusing to hear fans and critics oversimplify the demands of playing quarterback in the NFL. "Yeah," he said. "It's a lot more complex than people think it is. That's what makes it special for us." (Chicago Tribune)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 14
Virginia: 20
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at Florida State0
Saturday 12:00 PM

at Duke0
Saturday 12:20 PM

Boston College0
at Virginia0
Saturday 12:30 PM

at #7 Miami0
Saturday 3:30 PM

North Carolina0
at #14 Virginia Tech0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Wake Forest0
at Georgia Tech0
Saturday 7:30 PM

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(8) Miami3-05-0
Georgia Tech2-13-2
(14) Virginia Tech1-15-1
North Carolina0-41-6

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(16) NC State4-06-1
(7) Clemson4-16-1
Florida State2-22-3
Wake Forest1-24-2
Boston College1-33-4

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