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Mitch Trubisky shows promise despite late INT in debut with Bears

Mitch Trubisky got rock-star treatment from Chicago's fans. He displayed the skills that made him the No. 2 pick in the draft — and showed that he still has plenty of room to improve. Trubisky wowed a thunderous crowd at times with his quickness and arm strength, only to throw an interception that sent the Bears to a 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. (Associated Press)

North Carolina faces daunting second-half schedule to finish season

The beginning of the 2017 season for North Carolina didn’t go very well. The Tar Heels only beat Old Dominion. And the slate for UNC only gets tougher. The combined record of the remaining opponents on the the Tar Heels’ schedule is 24-9. After facing Virginia this weekend, UNC must play at No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 20 N.C. State and host No. 11 Miami. (DieHards.com)

Mitch Trubisky comes up short in Bears' 20-17 loss to Vikings

Mitch Trubisky experienced his first career start and his first career loss as Chicago Bears starting quarterback on Monday night at Soldier Field. The Bears rookie threw an interception late in the fourth quarter, and the Vikings capitalized for a 20-17 victory. Trubisky finished his night 12-for-25 for 128 yards, a touchdown pass, an interception and a lost fumble. (Chicago Tribune)

Mendenhall wants more disruption from UVa pass rush

This Saturday, Virginia will travel to Chapel Hill to renew the “South’s Oldest Rivalry,” in the 122nd meeting with the Tar Heels, a series that began in 1892. The Cavaliers’ defense will be facing UNC redshirt freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt, who has struggled in his first year as a starter for the Heels. That’s music to Virginia strongside linebacker Chris Moore’s ears. (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Not All Dire for UNC's Defense

Despite a lopsided loss to Notre Dame this weekend, Larry Fedora had plenty of positives to offer regarding the play of his defense on Monday. “There were some really good things on defense. Cayson Collins played probably the best game he’s played since he’s been here. Myles Dorn played the best game of his season. We had some guys that played really well.” (Inside Carolina)

Those who know Mitchell Trubisky believe he's ready for debut

It’s all about embracing the moment, whether it’s an NFL regular-season debut on Monday Night Football or being thrown into a varsity game in Cleveland Browns Stadium as a sophomore in high school. Mitchell Trubisky rose to the moment on that 2010 afternoon when Mentor (Ohio) High School coach Steve Trivisonno needed a spark. (ESPN.com)

Trubisky has handled hoopla like a pro

If Mitchell Trubisky handles the Vikings defense the same way he's dealt with the hoopla surrounding his first NFL start, he'll have a successful debut Monday night. "I think he's done tremendous," coach John Fox said Saturday. "I think he's done tremendous since he's been here. It's been said numerous times. It's no different this week." (Chicago Bears)

Larry Fedora Assuming Larger Role with Play-Calling

Larry Fedora’s offense has sputtered through the first half of the season due to a variety of circumstances, including youth, inexperience and personnel attrition. With his hurry-up, no-huddle scheme faltering, the sixth-year UNC head coach is assuming a larger role in the team’s offensive play-calling. “I have been and will be, even more so,” Fedora told reporters Monday. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Larry Fedora Monday Pre-Virginia Press Conference

North Carolina head football Coach Larry Fedora has shaved his beard and addresses the media as the Tar Heels prepare to host Virginia on Saturday in Chapel Hill (3:30 pm, RSN). View Video...

Five With Fedora: Oct. 9

How have you been able to keep this team together and keep them believing in each other? Larry Fedora: "First and foremost, I'm going to give a lot credit to our seniors. These seniors have seen it all and they've helped set the expectation for this team in terms of effort and teamwork. That's what you see in the games. They refuse to give up; refuse to stop fighting." (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Silver Lining?

Taking so many lumps will drive North Carolina redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt to improve his game and be a better quarterback with more help. And at this point, at least, he won’t have to endure the second-guessing about another hot-shot recruit who would have created the same kind of speculation and buzz that Mitch Trubisky did when he arrived on campus. (Chapelboro.com)

Recap: Former UNC Players in the NFL - Week Five

Multiple Tar Heels played across the NFL in Week 5. Julius Peppers (Carolina Panthers) had two tackles and a sack bringing his season total to 5.5. He also made a stop when the Detroit Lions attempted a 4th-and-1. Brandon Tate (Buffalo Bills) caught two passes for 25 yards and a TD. Tre Boston (L.A. Chargers) had four tackles and a game-sealing interception. (Inside Carolina)

Why the Bears are excited to see Mitch Trubisky succeed — and fail

Rookie Mitch Trubisky will fail. He’ll throw interceptions and get sacked. He’ll look bewildered and appear overwhelmed. And all of that is OK. The Bears don’t mind seeing their prized quarterback struggle. They want to see Trubisky under duress because how Trubisky responds matters more than all the mistakes he’ll make Monday night against the Vikings and beyond. (Chicago Sun-Times)

The Good, Bad, & Ugly Report: Midterm Edition

As I sat in Kenan Stadium, I was thinking about what I would write for this piece that was substantially different than last week, and the answer is nothing much. In many ways, the game was a carbon copy of the Georgia Tech game, with offensive ineptitude, puzzling play-calling, and some defensive improvement before just being ground to a nub and falling apart. (Old North Blog)

Mark Jon Gruden's words: 'Do not underestimate Mitch Trubisky'

There's no telling what trajectory Mitch Trubisky's career will take or how he will perform in his debut against the Vikings on Monday night at Soldier Field, but at long last the Chicago Bears have a player who generates real optimism at a position teams must correctly fill to have any chance to win consistently. But wrap your arms around that hope with one giant bear hug. (Chicago Tribune)

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