Williams, Switzer help Tar Heels roll past Illini 48-14Marquise Williams led a big offensive performance for the Tar Heels (2-1), who had plenty to feel good about in a rout of a Power-Five nonconference opponent. The overhauled defense continued its improved play by surrendering just one touchdown through the first three quarters, Ryan Switzer had two big punt returns and kicker Nick Weiler hit two more field goals to stay perfect on the season. (Associated Press)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - IllinoisThe defining plays of UNC’s 48-14 win over Illinois came from the defense. The tone was set early with a goal-line stand on the first Illini possession, as Illinois thought they could score on fourth and goal from the two. But the Tar Heels stuffed them. The victory was Carolina’s largest nonconference win against a Power Five opponent since a 41-7 win over Northwestern in 1977. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Quinshad Davis Sets the UNC Receiving Touchdown Record vs. IllinoisUNC senior WR Quinshad Davis sets the North Carolina record with his 22nd career touchdown reception against Illinois on September 19th, 2015.
Video: Marquise Williams Dominates on the Ground & in the Air vs. IllinoisUNC senior QB Marquise Williams threw for more than 200 yards and 3 touchdowns while also surpassing 100 yards on the ground in the big 48-14 win over Illinois on September 19th, 2015.
Box Score: UNC 48, Illinois 14View the complete box score from North Carolina's 48-14 win against Big 10 foe Illinois Saturday in Kenan Stadium: (View Box Score)
Recap & Analysis: UNC 48, Illinois 14Ryan Switzer had the school's second longest punt return on his 85 yard touchdown. Switzer also broke the school record for most punt return yards in a game with 168 overturning a record that had stood since 1951. Quinshad Davis set the school record for receiving touchdowns with 22, passing Hakeem Nicks, and UNC had two players with 100 yards rushing for the first time since 2010. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Ryan Switzer Returns a Punt to the House vs. IllinoisRyan Switzer receives the punt, slips several defenders and busts this huge 85-yard return for a touchdown against Illinois on September 19th, 2015.
Video: UNC Football Pre-Illinois Motivational VideoAs the Tar Heels prepare to take on Illinois in Chapel Hill, get pumped for the game with the same motivational video the football team watched before taking the field in Kenan Stadium.
James Hurst Back In The Starting SpotlightJames Hurst prepared all offseason as if he could be the starter. Then, on the first drive of the 2015 season, he was right back in the saddle. With Eugene Monroe dealing with the effects of a concussion sustained in Denver and sitting out this week of practice, it appears Hurst is in line to start again Sunday against the Raiders. (Baltimore Ravens)
The Kicker: How Nick Weiler Returned a Crucial Element to UNC’s OffenseWhen UNC junior place-kicker Nick Weiler watched the ball sail through the uprights after a career-long 48 yard attempt last weekend, it was proof that times have changed. Last season the Tar Heels failed to hit a single field goal attempt from beyond 30 yards. In UNC’s first two games this year Weiler has connected on all three of his tries so far–with the shortest being from 38–emerging as one of the team’s biggest surprises. (Chapelboro.com)
Tar Heels have weapon in kicker Nick WeilerNick Weiler first became a placekicker simply to help out his high school team. "I started at safety and wide receiver, but we needed a kicker,'' Weiler said. "I had a really strong leg because I had played soccer. So, I taught myself that first year.'' Weiler would eventually receive help from a well-known kicking instructor, Bill Renner, the father of former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner. (Fayetteville Observer)
Preview & Prediction: North Carolina vs IllinoisPut simply, if UNC can't get a win at home against a middle-of-the-road B1G team when it has an experienced offensive unit and a improving defense in the fourth year of the Larry Fedora tenure, the confidence level in this program is going to drop in a hurry. Also, if UNC can't win this game then the odds of winning against teams in the ACC also get much longer. Prediction: UNC 35, Illinois 24 (Tar Heel Blog)
Khris Francis: Down but not outKhris Francis knew something was wrong when he planted his foot to make a cut. The then sophomore running back for the UNC football team had just caught the ball on a kickoff return in the second quarter against Pittsburgh and darted outside to find space. But just 15 yards from where he began, his trek was halted. As he lay down on the grass at Kenan Stadium, he knew what had happened. (Durham Voice)
Why UNC's defensive linemen go to the 50-yard line during pre-game warm-up (audio)There's a unique reason why UNC's defensive linemen go to the 50-yard line before every game. Naz Jones explains. (Audioboom)
UNC Cornerback M.J. Stewart: "I want to take it to a new level"A name that both Larry Fedora and Gene Chizik mentioned into the early part of this 2015 season is sophomore cornerback M.J. Stewart. A 5-foot-11, 200-pound Arlington, Va. native, Stewart is part of a Tar Heel defensive back group that has been very solid in the first two contests of this season. In two games, Stewart has six tackles, one pass break-up, one interception, and one forced fumble. (Carolina Blue)
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