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UNC football to lead ACC in returning starters

For the 2015 college football season North Carolina will return more starters than any team in the ACC. In a post by PhilSteele.com or a simple glance at the 2014 roster and depth chart, one will find that UNC returns 17 players total: 10 on offense and seven on defense. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest both return 16 starters while Pittsburgh and Florida State return 15. (Carolina Blue)

ACC Football story of the season: North Carolina

It is not hard to pinpoint where the season went wrong for UNC. Forget about early indecision at quarterback. Even if Marquise Williams had taken every snap under center in 2014, there was no way he could have compensated for one of the worst defensive showings in ACC history. Since the ACC was founded in 1953, only three other teams gave up more yards per game than 2014 North Carolina. (ESPN.com)

Tre Boston: "I feel like I belong"

Tre Boston's humbling rookie experience came early. It was his third career game – Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks. The fourth round draft choice from North Carolina saw his first significant action in place of free safety Thomas DeCoud, the starter at the time who was forced out with a hamstring injury. (Carolina Panthers)

Eric Ebron has no complaints about rookie season

Eric Ebron ended the regular season catching 25 passes for 248 yards with one touchdown and a long of 22 yards. He added three more catches for 21 yards in the Lions’ playoff loss to Dallas last week. It’s fair to say the Lions probably expected a bigger impact from Ebron on the stat sheet. So what can we expect to see from Ebron for an encore in 2015? (Detroit Lions)

Video: UNC Football January Enrollees Excited to Get Started

North Carolina freshmen Jalen Dalton, Anthony Ratliff-Williams, and William Sweet are excited about enrolling early and joining the Tar Heel football team this January. View Video...

Former UNC football player Pat Crowley named head coach at Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem

Pat Crowley — who said he has a certain amount of flexibility in his work schedule — said his main drive was to be the kind of difference maker in the lives of boys that his former coaches — like Mack Brown, who called Reynolds to endorse Crowley’s character — were to him. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Tar Heels Welcome 10 Early Football Enrollees

Larry Fedora announced the enrollment of 10 student-athletes to campus on Wednesday, the first day of classes in Chapel Hill. Nine of the 10 graduated early from high school, including DB J.K. Britt, DL Jalen Dalton, WR Juval Mollette, QB Anthony Ratliff, LB Andre Smith, OL William Sweet, TE Carl Tucker, OL Mason Veal and RB Ty’Son Williams. Deep snapper Cody Crafford transferred to UNC from Penn State. (GoHeels.com)

Gene Chizik's Impact

By now you've seen the resume. You've read where he has coached, his record, and the championships he has won at different stops along the way. But what can new UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik really bring to a defense desperately needing improvement? When can the impact be felt and what can Chizik do on the recruiting trail? (Carolina Blue)

Panthers’ Tre Boston Has Bounced Back From First Seahawks Game

Tre Boston hasn’t taken the most direct route from draft pick to starter. After undergoing hernia surgery in the spring, he missed OTAs, minicamp, most of training camp, and the first few weeks of the season. But he’s a key reason for the Panthers’ defensive surge, and now he gets a chance to make better memories against Seattle. (Black and Blue Review)

Danny Talbott: Priceless Gem

North Carolina legend Danny Talbott performed at the highest level on both the football field and baseball diamond during his years as a Tar Heel. Since 2010, he’s been back in Chapel Hill, battling the toughest opponent he’s faced: multiple myeloma. He can’t imagine going anywhere else to do it. (UNC Health Care)

Chizik Hiring Slowed By Background Investigation

Despite widespread reports last week that UNC football would name Gene Chizik as its new defensive coordinator, sources close to the university and athletic department say the vetting process for the former Auburn head coach is still going on. This, apparently, is a much more detailed review than has occurred with past coaching hires due to the NCAA sanctions and academic scandal. (Chapelboro.com)

Whisenhunt optimistic about Zach Brown's progress

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said linebacker Zach Brown, who suffered a season-ending pectoral injury after just four snaps in 2014, continues to make good progress in recovery. "He's doing well and he's been in here working," Whisenhunt said. "Now the focus turns to the offseason preparation, but he'll be with us this spring working." (Nashville Tennessean)

Bruce Carter's resurgence key for Dallas defense

Bruce Carter has traveled a long road back to becoming a needed difference-maker at linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. With Rolando McClain limited to just 20 snaps in Sunday's 24-20 wild-card win over the Lions, Carter came up huge for the second straight game, particularly in what he's given Dallas in pass coverage short-to-intermediate. (Sporting News)

UNC WR T.J. Thorpe Transfers to Virginia

Virginia has received a grant in aid from North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver T.J. Thorpe, who graduated from UNC in December. Thorpe will be eligible to play immediately and will enroll at Virginia this month and take part in spring practices. As a junior this season, Thorpe reeled in 16 receptions for 237 yards and four touchdowns for UNC. (Wahoos 247)

Peter King criticizes Hakeem Nicks, should learn NFL rules first

NFL reporter Peter King criticized Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for going out of bounds late in the Colts’ win over the Bengals Sunday, but King actually owes the receiver an apology. (Larry Brown Sports)

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, 5:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

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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