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Junior Gnonkonde Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Junior Gnonkonde's big night versus Wake Forest has earned him a little love from the ACC. Gnonkonde recorded two sacks, both coming in a span of three plays in the third quarter of North Carolina’s 50-14 win over Wake Forest. He finished with nine tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss as UNC shut out Wake Forest in the second half (Tar Heel Blog)

Weekly coaching grades list short but sweet

Larry Fedora, UNC, A: It bears repeating that the Tar Heels have as many explosive offensive players as Clemson, Florida State or anyone else in the ACC. Throw in the fact that the schedule wasn’t taxing from the start and now looks even more manageable and a 9- or 10-win finish is likely. Previous grades: Thee As, one B, one C. (WRAL Sports Fan)

ACC Midseason All-Conference Picks

Three Tar Heels made ESPN.com's midseason All-ACC team - running back Elijah Hood, offensive guard Landon Turner, and offensive tackle Jon Heck....OT: Jon Heck (North Carolina): The Tar Heels’ line has been exceptional, and while Heck has helped protect the QB well, UNC is also leading the ACC in yards before contact when rushing around the right edge. (ESPN.com)

Junior receiver Mack Hollins led UNC in receiving yards and touchdowns

Mack Hollins is too quick for luck.Two years removed from walk-on status, the North Carolina receiver — once dubbed “the Unlucky Kid” — has nestled into the role of playmaker for the nation’s 10th-ranked scoring offense.For Hollins, playing time is hardly a birthright. Despite earning a team-high eight receiving touchdowns in 2014, the junior entered Saturday’s game with just eight catches through five games, fighting for every snap. (Daily Tar Heel)

Five With Fedora: Part 5

After knocking off Georgia Tech in Atlanta, UNC faced Wake Forest, who had the 15th-ranked defense in the country. The Demon Deacon defense was not able to derail the Tar Heels’ momentum as they put on a fireworks show in a convincing 50-14 victory. After taking a week off with his team, we continue our “Five with Fedora” Q&A series with North Carolina Head Coach, Larry Fedora. (Sports Glutton)

Fifth Quarter: Cooler hot seats and defenseless defenses

Quick strike Heels: After spotting Wake Forest an early 7-0 lead Saturday, UNC wasted little time roaring from behind. It took only 11 plays and a combined 2:49 of elapsed time for the Tar Heels to score TDs on their next three drives. Six of UNC’s seven TD drives lasted two minutes or fewer with four of them completed in a minute or less on the way to a 50-14 demolition of the Deacons. (Wilmington Star News)

Heels hold serve in Coastal, troll Deacs

North Carolina has been an offensive roller coaster this season with quarterback Marquise Williams at the controls and Saturday's 50-14 win over Wake Forest was no different. The Tar Heels found themselves in an early hole after a miscommunication resulted in an interception and a tipped pass at the line turned into another. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Elijah Hood knows his chances will come

North Carolina rushed the ball 33 times during Saturday’s 50-14 dismantling of Wake Forest. UNC’s best running back received only eight of those carries. But for Elijah Hood, the Tar Heels’ sophomore tailback, eight carries were all he needed to assert his dominance. Making the most of his limited opportunities, Hood rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown, averaging 12.6 yards per carry. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC DT Jalen Dalton Debuts

It appeared a month ago as though Jalen Dalton, a four-star prospect ranked as the top in-state recruit by Rivals.com, would redshirt his freshman season after enrolling in January. As the calendar turned to October, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle began to elevate his play in practice. As injuries at the defensive tackle position mounted, the opportunity for playing time finally emerged. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Bengals' Giovani Bernard sprints 17 yards to end zone

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard put his speed on full display Sunday in Buffalo. Bernard took an inside handoff from Andy Dalton and was off to the races, going 17 yards untouched to the end zone to give Cincinnati a 14-7 lead over the Bills early in the second quarter. It was Bernard's second touchdown of the season. (FOX Sports)

Titans' Zach Brown disappointed by demotion

Titans linebacker Zach Brown on Thursday expressed disappointment about getting removed from the team’s starting lineup. The Titans on Sunday replaced Brown with veteran linebacker Wesley Woodyard. It marked just the sixth time in Brown’s 37-game career with the Titans that he hadn’t started — and the first time this season. (Nashville Tennessean)

Marquise Williams overcomes slow start for Tar Heels

One minute, Marquise Williams was thrusting his hands toward the sky in disbelief Saturday evening, and the next he was joyously high-fiving teammates. That's just the kind of season it's been for North Carolina's quarterback, who has been up and down more than the stock market through the first six games. (Fayetteville Observer)

Extra Points: Warp Speed

Just what can you do in eight minutes and 24 seconds? Run a mile at a middling speed. Drive from Franklin Street east to the I-40 intersection. Score seven touchdowns. Wait for light to reach Earth from the sun. Whoa. Score seven touchdowns? Maybe in practice, seven-on-seven with no tackling, right? Not these Tar Heels. This is real time, real life, real tackle football. (GoHeels.com)

Up-tempo Tar Heels speed past Demon Deacons to 50-14 win

Larry Fedora told Marquise Williams, “we’ll be okay,” after the quarterback got picked on each of the Tar Heels’ first two drives and the coach was right. UNC controlled the rest of the game – even though the team scored too quickly to actually control the clock in time of possession – thriving to a 50-14 win. Once the Tar Heels’ offense started moving, and moving fast, it didn’t stop. (WRAL Sports Fan)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Wake Forest

Junior Gnonkonde picked right up where he left off against Georgia Tech with a team-high nine tackles and two sacks. The defensive line has been a weak point for North Carolina's defense that has been compounded by injury, so the emergence of Gnonkonde (and the successful debut of Jalen Dalton) is refreshing. (Tar Heel Blog)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 28
Fri, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Stanford
Fri, Dec 30, 2:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(22) Virginia Tech6-39-4
North Carolina5-38-4
Miami5-38-4
(23) Pittsburgh5-38-4
Georgia Tech4-48-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson8-112-1
(13) Louisville7-19-3
(11) Florida State5-39-3
NC State3-56-6
Wake Forest3-56-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-66-6

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