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2015 Football Preview: Defensive Line

If UNC is to improve along the defensive line, they will have to do it with a deep but inexperienced group of players. Jessie Rogers is the only senior on the two-deep chart, joined by juniors Mikey Bart and Junior Gnonkonde. The remainder of the two-deep is filled out with sophomores Nazair Jones, Dajuan Drennon, and Tyler Powell, and redshirt freshmen Robert Dinkins and Jeremiah Clarke. (Tar Heel Blog)

ICTV: Schoettmer Leads Defensive Progress

As the self proclaimed quarterback of the defense and a returning starter, Jeff Schoettmer said he’s excited about what his group is capable of doing this season. The middle linebacker spoke after Thursday's practice about how the defense has improved during training camp and what he's done to lead the way. "It's been my job since spring, I'm just like Marquise on the defense.” (Inside Carolina)

Joe Jackson Named Starter at Weakside Linebacker

With two linebacker positions locked down since spring ball, the weakside linebacker competition has been a focal point throughout North Carolina’s training camp. That intrigue is officially over. Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik announced on Thursday that junior Joe Jackson is the “clear No. 1” at the weakside linebacker and later labeled the Jacksonville, Fla. native as the starter at that position. (Inside Carolina)

Denver Broncos place Marvin Austin on Injured Reserve

The Denver Broncos were awarded TE Jake Murphy off waivers from Cincinnati on Thursday. To make room, they placed NT Marvin Austin Jr. on injured reserve. Austin has missed nearly all of training camp because of a groin injury. With the emergence of sixth-round pick Darius Kilgo in his stead, Austin slipped to the fourth team while he dealt with his injury. (Denver Broncos)

UNC's Defense Paring Down

UNC’s defensive roster has spent the last eight months learning Gene Chizik’s 4-3 scheme. With the installation process finally complete, the unpacking of that data dump has now begun. Training camp officially came to a close once classes started on Tuesday. However, the Tar Heels are still in a light camp mode until game prep for South Carolina begins next Tuesday. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Defensive Players & Coaches Thursday Post Practice Interviews

Defensive line coach Tray Scott, linebacker Cayson Collins and cornerback Des Lawrence talk on the nuances of the team's new defense on August 20, 2015. View Video...

UNC Football to Host The Citadel in 2016

Growing up in North Carolina, Mike Houston always wanted to play football for the University of North Carolina. “Unfortunately, I wanted them more than they wanted me,” said Houston, now head coach at The Citadel. Houston, who ended up playing tight end at Mars Hill College, will get to coach in UNC’s Kenan Stadium next year, when the Bulldogs visit the Tar Heels to conclude the 2016 season. (Charleston Post & Courier)

UNC's Offense Making Strides

While defensive coordinator Gene Chizik latched onto the physicality term once spring ball started in March, assistant head coach for offense Seth Littrell began talking about the need for improved consistency on his side of the ball in the aftermath of the Quick Lanes Bowl loss to Rutgers last December. He’s still harping on that aspect of his offense eight months later. (Inside Carolina)

Ryan Switzer Wednesday Practice Quotes

Ryan Switzer: "I still have high expectations for myself. Every time I step onto the field I believe I am the best player. I feel like every player should feel like that. I am a little quieter about it this year. The older I’m getting, I’m learning that people don’t have to know what you’re thinking and what you’re doing. I don’t have to go around proclaiming my own ambitions." (Carolina Blue)

Video: UNC Football - The Time is Now

North Carolina opens the 2015 football season two weeks from today against South Carolina on September 3 in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium. Get pumped with a new video from the UNC Football Video crew. View Video...

Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 7

M.J. Stewart enters his second season in Chapel Hill as a starting cornerback for UNC's revamped defensive backfield. The Virginia native has been running with the first team during preseason camp, despite changes at the three other spots. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound sophomore saw some time last season for the Tar Heels in what was a mostly disappointing showing from the defensive backs. (Carolina Blue)

Bug Howard Wednesday Practice Quotes

How is it for you being in such an experienced unit? Bug Howard: "It’s a great opportunity for me to get in-between those guys like Mack Hollins and Quinshad Davis, and on the other side is Ryan Switzer and of course there is Kendrick Singleton. We are both wide receivers but we are both strong enough to handle the inside." (Carolina Blue)

Steelers notebook: At nose tackle, Cam Thomas getting it now

The Steelers are playing more one-gap technique along the defensive line this season, and Cam Thomas has taken the majority of his reps at nose guard during training camp. The moves seem to suit Thomas, whose play in practice and the first two preseason games has been markedly better. “I feel more comfortable,” Thomas said Wednesday afternoon. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

UNC Training Camp: Hood and Logan Bringing “Thunder and Lightning” to Chapel Hill

They haven’t earned any nicknames yet, but if they carry their excellent play from training camp into the regular season, that may change in the very near future. Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan are expected to give this year’s UNC football team an electric one-two punch at the running back position that could take this year’s offense to new heights. (Chapelboro.com)

Bruce Carter moves to strongside linebacker

Bruce Carter was brought in to be the starting middle linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It doesn't look like that's going to happen. The Bucs appear to be giving that job to rookie Kwon Alexander. A fourth-round pick, Alexander has been one of the biggest surprises of the preseason. The Bucs are so happy with Alexander that they already have moved Carter to another position. (ESPN.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 37
Pittsburgh: 36
Sat, Sep 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Florida State
Sat, Oct 1, 3:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 8, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Oct 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
at Georgia Tech0
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Notre Dame0
at Syracuse0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
at Duke0
SAT, OCT 1 12:30 PM ET
at Boston College0
SAT, OCT 1 1:00 PM ET
North Carolina0
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
Wake Forest0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
at Pittsburgh0
SAT, OCT 1 7:30 PM ET
at Clemson0
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(30) Virginia Tech1-03-1
(32) North Carolina1-03-1
Georgia Tech1-13-1
(14) Miami0-03-0

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Louisville2-04-0
(5) Clemson1-04-0
(38) Wake Forest1-04-0
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-13-1
Boston College0-22-2

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