UNC football seniors 'went out as winners’Approaching his final game in Kenan Stadium, senior linebacker Shakeel Rashad had a mentality different from the 25 other seniors on North Carolina’s 9-1 football team. “It was kind of weird,” Rashad said. “I’m not good at the emotion thing all the time. I tried to make (redshirt senior guard) Landon (Turner) cry — it didn’t work." (Daily Tar Heel)
Despite Distractions, Virginia Tech focused on UNCTwo games could be the difference between success and failure. The only certainty left this season is that regardless of the results, change is coming. Frank Beamer will head into a very difficult matchup against #12 North Carolina when the legendary head coach runs through the tunnel in Lane Stadium one last time. (VT Scoop)
Video: Operation Coming Home Veteran Surprise - Brand New House!During North Carolina's last home game of the season vs. Miami, Operation Coming Home surprised a deserving veteran and his family with keys to a Hero Home.
Larry Fedora on Winning the Coin TossNo. 12 UNC has won the coin toss in eight of its 10 games in 2015, and each time Larry Fedora has elected to defer his choice to the second half. By deferring UNC’s option, the opposing team is allowed to choose whether it kicks or receives to open the game, and UNC is allowed to choose which end zone its defending. The latter point is critical in the decision-making process, according to Fedora. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Damien Washington Proposes to Girlfriend After Final Home GameUNC senior Damien Washington proposed to his girlfriend, Chemaria Beatty, after his final home game in Kenan Stadium on Saturday. November 14th and she said yes!
Chase Rice Looks Ahead to More 'Mature' New AlbumThe party has to end sometime. Chase Rice is planning on changing his party-boy tune for his next album, the follow-up to his 2014 debut Ignite the Night, promising it will have a little more "substance" than we've seen out of him so far. (Rolling Stone)
Avoiding turnovers proving key in No. 12 Tar Heels' rollThere's one telling stat in the No. 12 Tar Heels' rise to their highest ranking in 17 years: three straight games with a "zero" in the turnover column. The Tar Heels are one of two teams nationally with an active streak of three turnover-free games heading into this weekend's trip to Virginia Tech with a shot to clinch a trip to the ACC title game. (Associated Press)
UNC Offensive Line Named 2015 Joe Moore Award SemifinalistThe Joe Moore Foundation for Teamwork announced today 20 Semi-Finalists for the 2015 Joe Moore Award, given to the top offensive line unit in college football, and the North Carolina offensive line was among those recognized. For games played through November 14, the 2015 Joe Moore Award Semi-Finalists have a combined record of 159-37 and represent eight conferences. (GoHeels.com)
Consistent Carolina readies for emotional HokiesNorth Carolina’s approach to everything this year – each day, week, game and opponent – is “boring and monotonous,” Larry Fedora says. “They’re successful doing things a certain way so there is no need to look anywhere else,” he said. “I won’t change it. There’s no need to change. Why? We’re like trained pigs. We’ve got something, we just keep doing it over and over.” (WRAL Sports Fan)
Video: UNC Football Senior ReflectionsSeniors Jeff Schoettmer, Shakeel Rashad, Landon Turner, Quinshad Davis, and Marquise Williams reflect on their time at North Carolina.
UNC's Goals in FocusCoastal Division champs. State champs. Larry Fedora has been opening team meetings with those five words dating back to spring ball. And while the Tar Heels have embraced the concept of winning each game to a secure a 1-0 record each week, those efforts have led North Carolina to the final two weeks of the regular season with both goals still intact. (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC Football Senior Day PresentationUNC honored 26 seniors on the football team, along with their families, before the last home game vs. Miami. Managers, student office assistants, and video staff members were also recognized on the field. November 14, 2015.
Landon Turner, Ryan Switzer named ACC Players of the WeekNorth Carolina senior offensive guard Landon Turner and junior punt returner/wide receiver Ryan Switzer were named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week and Specialist of the Week respectively following the Tar Heels 59-21 trouncing of Miami. Switzer claimed sole possession of the ACC record for most career punt return touchdowns with seven when he scored on a 78-yard punt return. (Carolina Blue)
Tar Heels Deserve More CreditHowever, the skepticism around those teams pales in comparison to a team that has struggled to garner any attention at all: North Carolina, who boasts a 9-1 record after a 59-21 win over Miami but just barely entered the top 25 last week. The committee left the one-loss Tar Heels out of its first top 25 -- UNC was the only Power Five one-loss team not ranked -- and then moved them up to only 23rd last week following their blowout win over Duke. (Sports on Earth)
Weekly North Carolina Coaching GradesLarry Fedora, UNC, A: The Tar Heels are the hottest offensive team in the country of late – so hot that the 59-21 win over Miami would have been even more one-sided had Fedora chosen to pile on. At Virginia Tech (5-5, 3-3), UNC won’t face a classic Hokie defense but one that’s still good enough to present Marquise Williams and his talented receivers with a challenge. (WRAL Sports Fan)
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