Julius Peppers undergoes shoulder surgeryCarolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder Thursday. The 16-year veteran posted an image to his Instagram account following the procedure, writing that “everything went smooth and I’m recovering well.” Peppers recorded a team-high 11 sacks this past season, moving him into fourth place in NFL history with 154.5. (Carolina Panthers)
Video: Kenan Stadium Bleacher Replacement UnderwaySee the progress being made as Kenan Stadium's aluminum bleachers are replaced with individual Carolina Blue seats. Individual seating will reduce the stadium's capacity to around 51,000 but will provide a much more comfortable and fan-friendly environment for football games this fall.
Video: Ryan Switzer Receives Patterson MedalFormer North Carolina wide receiver and Dallas Cowboys rookie Ryan Switzer received the Patterson Medal, UNC's top athletic honor, at halftime of the Tar Heels' basketball game against Duke on Thursday night, which Carolina won 82-78.
UNC Football Adds Assistant Coach Luke PaschallArkansas State wide receivers coach Luke Paschall will join the UNC coaching staff as the special teams coach, multiple sources have confirmed to Inside Carolina. Paschall spent the last four years in Jonesboro working under current head coach and former UNC offensive coordinator Blake Anderson. Paschall was a graduate assistant at UNC in 2012-13. (Inside Carolina)
Larry Fedora Press Conference Notes & QuotesLarry Fedora said that instead of the lead up to National Signing Day being like a recruiting fire drill, staffs narrowed their focuses, in some cases significantly. “I didn’t realize the intensity level would just increase on the rest of the kids that were out there,” Fedora said. “It was like the pool (of prospects) was much smaller and everybody was all over those guys.” (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Larry Fedora Signing Day Press ConferenceNorth Carolina football coach Larry Fedora meets with the media Wednesday afternoon on National Signing Day to discuss UNC's 2018 football recruiting class and its newest group of signees.
M.J. Stewart, Andre Smith Invited to NFL CombineFormer North Carolina cornerback M.J. Stewart and linebacker Andre Smith have been invited to the 2018 NFL Combine. Stewart played four seasons at UNC and totaled 41 pass breakups over his career, which set at school record. Smith, a 6-0, 240-pound middle linebacker, played three seasons at UNC before his junior year was cut short with a knee injury. (Inside Carolina)
Bears QB Mitch Trubisky's rookie year stands as reason for hopeMitch Trubisky’s greatest strength was an ability to protect the football, which was a welcome sight after Glennon’s turnovers got him sent to the bench. In 330 pass attempts, Trubisky threw seven touchdowns with seven interceptions. In Year 2, Trubisky must prove he can keep the interceptions down while dramatically increasing the touchdown passes. (Chicago Tribune)
Mack Hollins, Eagles Win Super Bowl LIIFormer UNC receiver and special teams captain Mack Hollins became the 22nd Tar Heel to win a Super Bowl when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII Sunday in Minneapolis. UNC has had a player in 34 of 52 Super Bowls with 22 former lettermen winning a total of 29 titles, including Hollins' victory with the Eagles. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Mack Hollins, Super Bowl Champion!Congratulations to Mack Hollins, former North Carolina walk-on wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles rookie, and now Super Bowl Champion after the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII on Sunday in Minneapolis.
Mack Hollins took complex route to NFLAs a senior playing for the Wootton High School football team in Rockville, Maryland, wide receiver Mack Hollins dressed in a suit and tie and carried a briefcase around school everyday. All of his friends questioned his attire, but they became used to it after two weeks. “You dress for the job you want,” Hollins told Capital News Service, “not the job you have.” (WTOP)
Super Bowl 2018: How fast can Philadelphia Eagles rookie Mack Hollins finish a Rubik's Cube?The cameras were trained on Mack Hollins, but the focus wasn't on the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver's rookie season, his special teams contributions or his thoughts on the Super Bowl LII festivities. No, everyone was watching Hollins' hands, where the 24-year-old was busy fiddling with a Rubik's Cube. "I think it's bigger than what it is," Hollins said Thursday. (PennLive.com)
Eagles rookie Mack Hollins blends quirky personality, underdog mentality in unlikely wayMack Hollins is not your typical NFL rookie. He might not be your typical anything, really, and it doesn’t take long to figure out how refreshing that is. The Eagles wide receiver and special-teamer and I spoke for a little more than nine minutes. Hollins solved his ubiquitous Rubik’s — twice — in the time we talked. The key, he tells me, is a lot of patience. (Pro Football Weekly)
Tar Heels Today: Coby White, Ryan Switzer, UNC-Duke OT Thriller FlashbackCoby White outshines Duke commit Joey Baker, a heartfelt "thank you" to UNC fans from OL Khaliel Rodgers, Ryan Switzer to receive the Patterson Medal, time to let the freshmen big men take their lumps, and more in Tar Heels Today.
Khaliel Rodgers: What UNC Football has done for meUNC Senior OL Khaliel Rodgers: "As I move on to the next stage of my life and pursue my dreams to play in the NFL, I wanted to take this time to thank each and every one of you who made my experience at UNC truly amazing. I will be forever grateful to God, my teammates, coaching staff and fans for allowing me another chance to play the game that I love." (Daily Tar Heel)
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