With pros hovering, Sun should shed important light on TrubiskyThe Dec. 30 Sun Bowl between UNC and Stanford may not be the hottest ticket for fans, but there will be no shortage of interest by NFL scouts. In fact, Tar Heel quarterback Mitch Trubisky and Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey will be two of the most closely-watched players of the entire postseason. Both are juniors with high first-round possibilities. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Trubisky, Watson give ACC star power at quarterbackJust a few years ago, the ACC was not known for routinely producing top-level quarterbacks, but that has recently changed. The conference's player development at the position is even more magnified this year with North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, recognized as two of the top quarterbacks available for April’s NFL Draft. (Rivals.com)
Julius Peppers is finalist for Sportsmanship AwardPackers LB Julius Peppers has been named one of eight finalists for the 2016 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes those who best demonstrate the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition. (Green Bay Packers)
Video: Is it older than Tom Sheldon?At 28 years old, Tar Heel punter Tom Sheldon is the oldest player in the ACC. We asked UNC football coach Larry Fedora if 15 very familiar things are older than the Aussie with hilarious results...
Jets are hot for North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky: sourcesThe word in NFL circles is that Woody Johnson's star-crossed New York Jets franchise has the hots for North Carolina junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Plenty can change in the next four months, but Gang Green is extremely intrigued by the athletic, strong-armed signal caller who hasn't even officially declared for the 2017 draft yet. (New York Daily News)
Lucas Crowley, Nick Weiler Selected to Play in East-West Shrine BowlSome of the UNC football team’s most talented outgoing players are at the doorstep of their professional dreams. A pair of those seniors–center Lucas Crowley and kicker Nick Weiler–inched closer to that reality on Wednesday when it was announced they had accepted invitations to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl on Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Chapelboro.com)
Sun Bowl early look: North Carolina vs. StanfordRyan Switzer has spent all season chasing the career record for punt return TDs, and he hasn't gotten there yet (he has had a few called back for penalties). This is Switzer's last game, and he's going up against another special-teams whiz in Christian McCaffrey. Could it bring out the best in one of the nation's top return men? Could there be a record set on Switzer's final return? (ESPN.com)
Wake Forest Investigation Reinforces ParanoiaA Wake Forest investigation that determined its football radio analyst, Tommy Elrod, provided confidential game plan information to opponents will likely serve to bolster the paranoia already teeming throughout the coaching ranks, including UNCs Larry Fedora. Wake Forest announced its findings on Tuesday. Espionage is part of the growing lore of football. (Inside Carolina)
Athlon's ACC Football 2016 Season Awards and All-Conference TeamAthlon Sports offers its awards and honors the best players in the Atlantic Coast Conference with the first and second all-conference teams for the ACC: North Carolina - Ryan Switzer, 2nd Team Wide Receiver; Lucas Crowley, 2nd Team Center; Nick Weiler, 1st Team Kicker; T.J. Logan, 2nd Team Kick Returner. (Athlon Sports)
UNC Alum, WSSU Head Coach Kienus Boulware Given Contract ExtensionWinston-Salem State University officials rewarded head football coach, Kienus Boulware, with a contract extension through 2020. Boulware played two seasons (1993-94) as a linebacker at UNC before his football career was shortened by the discovery of a spinal cord abnormality. He remained on the sideline as a student coach for two seasons under Mack Brown. (Winston-Salem State Rams)
Miami Dolphins to sign QB T.J. YatesThe Miami Dolphins are signing former UNC and Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, a source told ESPN on Tuesday. Yates, who was cleared to return to football in August after tearing his ACL last December, will back up Matt Moore following the injury to starter Ryan Tannehill. Yates has thrown 7 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 20 career games. (ESPN.com)
15 Best ACC Football Games of 20167. North Carolina 37, Florida State 35 – Oct. 1: The Tar Heels jumped out to a three-touchdown lead in the first half but a stunned Doak Walker Stadium stuck around for a thrilling second half. The Tar Heels got the ball back with 23 seconds left and needed just three plays to get into range for Nick Weiler to drill a 54-yarder that pulled off the upset. (Athlon Sports)
Video: UNC Football - Believe in the DreamCelebrate your inner-believer and become a champion on the field, in the classroom, and in life. Believe in the dream. Believe in Carolina. Video created by Madison Walls, UNCMJ.
Video:Mitch Trubisky UNC Junior Season HighlightsMitch Trubisky has made the most of his first season as UNC's starting QB. His accuracy and arm strength carved up ACC defenses. A 68% completion rate and 28:4 touchdown to interception ratio were key reasons UNC was near the top of the conference standings all season long.
Titans safety Da'Norris Searcy's wife crowned Ms. Black USANot only is Titans safety Da’Norris Searcy no longer the only celebrity in his household, he’s not even the biggest. That title now belongs to his wife, Kennetra. She goes by Kiki, or Ms. Black USA. She was crowned on Dec. 2 and instantly, swiped the spotlight from her husband, who is in his second season with the Titans after spending four years with the Buffalo Bills. (Nashville Tennessean)
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