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Hard work, humility secrets to 49ers back Shaun Draughn’s success

Shaun Draughn will make his fifth straight start Sunday and his second straight against a former team. He’s been on eight rosters since entering the league in 2011 and has been the rare NFL running back who stays on the field for all three downs. In Week 12 against the Cardinals, he played every offensive snap, the only running back to do that this season. (Sacramento Bee)

Julius Peppers shows knack for forcing fumbles

Forget that after coming up with 5.5 sacks in the season's first six games, Julius Peppers only had 0.5 sacks in the next five games. Peppers showed last week against the Detroit Lions that despite being 35 years old, age hasn't caught up to him yet when he came up with a strip-sack of quarterback Matthew Stafford, resulting in a turnover and helping swing momentum back the Packers' way. (247 Sports)

Ravens Promote QB Bryn Renner To Active Roster

In addition to placing Monroe on injured reserve, the Ravens also cut offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson and promoted quarterback Bryn Renner....Renner's promotion comes just three days after he was signed to the practice squad, and it's an indication that starter Matt Schaub may not be able to play Sunday against Seattle. (Baltimore Ravens)

UNC’s Chizik not ready to be ‘Pirated’ away by ECU or anyone else

It’s now a moot point as to whether Gene Chizik was a realistic candidate for the football coaching opening at ECU, as reports out of Greenville have indicated, or whether he was ever interested in the job at all, as folks in Chapel Hill will lead you to believe. At age 54, he’s probably looking for a destination job rather than a stepping stone. That is, if he’s looking for another job at all. (Wilmington Star News)

Tar Heels try to move beyond questionable offside call that derailed comeback

Members of the UNC football team tried to look beyond the what-if aspect of a blown call late in the 45-37 loss to top-ranked Clemson in the ACC championship game. But the offside ruling on an onside kick that was recovered by the Tar Heels was too much to ignore, especially because it was a last-gasp effort for UNC to pull off an upset Saturday night. (Burlington Times-News)

7.9 million viewers for UNC-Clemson ACC title game

The ACC Championship Game between North Carolina and Clemson drew over 7.9 viewers, a rating of 5.7. (Sports Media Watch)

Saskatchewan Roughriders QB Darian Durant seeking Canadian citizenship

Saskatchewan Roughriders' quarterback Darian Durant says he's hoping to become a Canadian citizen within the next two years. Durant, 33, who's from Florence, South Carolina, made the announcement on the weekend during Grey Cup festivities in Winnipeg. "Within the next two years, everything should be finalized and I'll be a Canadian," Durant told a roomful of Rider fans. (CBC News)

RB Shaun Draughn making Browns ‘wish we kept him’

Shaun Draughn says Sunday’s game is “no different” than any other for him, even though he’s returning to Cleveland less than two months after the Browns cut him. Draughn has since emerged as the 49ers’ all-purpose running back and he’ll be making his fifth straight start for them in Sunday’s game. The Browns haven’t won a game since Draughn left. (San Jose Mercury News)

Rams' Robert Quinn slated for season-ending back surgery

The St. Louis Rams placed defensive end Robert Quinn on injured reserve with a back issue Wednesday. Quinn will undergo season-ending surgery. Quinn hasn't played since Week 10, when he saw just 15 snaps due to a banged-up knee. A hip injury kept him out of the lineup in subsequent weeks, but the back pain has been an issue since last month. (NFL.com)

My MVP Backfield: Williams, Hood, and Logan

This year was special for me because I got to see three special young men that I covered several times while they were in high school lead the Tar Heels to their most successful season in years. Those three players were Marquise Williams, T.J. Logan, and Elijah Hood. Some folks may ask why were they so special because I cover all of North Carolina? (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC, Baylor might not light up scoreboard in Russell Athletic Bowl

Numbers might never lie, but they can be massaged and misleading. For instance, numbers suggest No. 17 Baylor and No. 10 North Carolina will have the highest-scoring bowl game of the season. Instead of both teams topping 50 points later this month, the two could struggle to combine for that many points. So what should be expected from the offenses? (ESPN.com)

Gene Chizik On The Decision to Take the UNC Job

A few tidbits from Gene Chizik during an interview with 103.7 The Buzz out of Arkansas prior to the Broyles Award ceremony. Chizik says the first time Larry Fedora called to offer him the defensive coordinator job at UNC, he turned it down. "I originally told him no. I can't do it. I've got a great gig in radio and TV and I'm just not really ready to come back right now you know and maybe never." (Tar Heel Blog)

Clemson 45, UNC 37: Pass defense and QB draws sent the Tigers to the CFP

Clemson's run effectiveness was encouraging -- returns had diminished of late -- and the Tigers' pass defense was magnificent, holding UNC to a 27 percent success rate. But field position and some big plays kept the Heels close enough that the horrific offsides call on the late UNC onside kick might have actually made a difference. (Football Study Hall)

Revisiting UNC Football's Preseason Over/Under Predictions

Elijah Hood didn't quite get 18 carries per game but came close with almost 16. Yet his rushing average was over six yards per play, which is easily top five in UNC history for the season. Needless to say, the Charlotte sophomore was as advertised and UNC's offensive line was incredibly good for most of the season. Hood is presently at 1345 yards on the season with one game left. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels (like ACC cohorts) in familiar bowl role

North Carolina’s football season will end almost exactly as it began – with the Tar Heels a 3-point underdog to a seemingly weaker team on a neutral field. At least on paper and at least for now, Baylor seems certain to enter the Dec. 29 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando looking very similar to the South Carolina team that UNC faced in Charlotte on Sept. 3. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

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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