UNC Will Win/Lose If...North Carolina will win if they can connect on the deep passes. James Madison does not have the speed and athleticism to keep up with the Carolina wide receivers. They will most certainly get open looks and be able to beat the JMU secondary deep. If Mitch Trubisky can connect on the long balls Saturday, the game could be over fast. (Carolina Blue)
Video: UNC Football Pre-James Madison MotivationalSee the same video the North Carolina football team watched before the Tar Heels kick off at Kenan Stadium against James Madison.
Tar Heels ready for test from James MadisonThe Tar Heels should have a friendly environment for their first home game of the season. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky will make his first start in Kenan Stadium. This is the first of six home games in this much-anticipated season. James Madison plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level, but the Dukes arrive with some of the markings of a higher-caliber team. (Burlington Times News)
Motivation not an issue for North CarolinaNorth Carolina does not plan on slowing up and playing to the level of its competition, but the matchup isn't even the issue, according to senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer. "[James Madison] really doesn’t care who they’re playing and we don’t care who we are playing," Switzer said. "It’s about us doing what we do and if we do that we will avoid a letdown." (Carolina Blue)
James Madison brings gaudy rushing attack to UNCThe North Carolina football team opens at home this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when James Madison comes to Kenan Stadium. UNC (1-1) is a heavy favorite in this matchup between a Power 5 school and a football championship subdivision (FCS) school. But the Dukes (2-0) have won both of its games this season — and have done so by an average of 54 points per game. (Daily Tar Heel)
Tar Heels have plenty to prove against FCS opponentThrough two games, the Dukes (2-0) have averaged 68 points and run for a total of 810 yards and 13 touchdowns. “That’s hard to get done in practice against air," Larry Fedora said. "That’s a lot of yardage; they’ve had a lot of success running the football in the first two weeks and they’re serious about it. You’re hitting on a lot of cylinders early in the season.” (Greensboro News & Record)
Pregame Warmup: James Madison at North CarolinaWill T.J. Logan’s role grow? Logan has been arguably the Tar Heels’ best player this season. So far, the senior running back has 134 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and he also scored on a touchdown catch last week. He has had a hand on special teams, too, returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the opener and a 58-yard return last week. (Greensboro News & Record)
Video: Andre Smith - Solidifying the Linebacker PositionNorth Carolina sophomore Andre Smith has stepped up his performance at middle linebacker for the Tar Heels and been a player that Coach Chizik can count on.
Video: Nick Weiler Helps Celebrate Extra Yard For Teachers WeekNorth Carolina kicker Nick Weiler surprised New Hope elementary teacher Angela Breeze with a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift card.
From lightweight to linebacker: Cole Holcomb's UNC journeyCole Holcomb can't help but crack a smile when asked about how he wound up playing football for the Tar Heels. "I was going to go to Duke,'' Holcomb said, referring to UNC's rival just eight miles away. Luckily for UNC, that plan didn't work out for Holcomb, who two years after joining the football team as a walk-on has earned a scholarship and starting job at linebacker. (Fayetteville Observer)
After 2 road games, Tar Heels play home opener against DukesHeading into Saturday's home opener against James Madison, the Tar Heels gave up big rushing numbers in a season-opening loss to Georgia and got off to a bad start before settling down in last weekend's win at Illinois. Now the Tar Heels are playing a team ranked No. 8 in the Championship Subdivision that has scored 136 points in its first two games. (Associated Press)
Carolina, Nick Weiler Celebrate Extra Yard For Teachers WeekTo celebrate Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT), a program started by the College Football Playoff Foundation to recognize teachers across the country, North Carolina senior place-kicker Nick Weiler surprised New Hope elementary fifth grade teacher Angela Breeze with a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift card on Friday. (GoHeels.com)
James Madison Dukes vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview and PredictionNorth Carolina has to be worried about a letdown coming off of games against two Power Five schools and with Pittsburgh trekking to Kenan Memorial Stadium next week. That could allow James Madison to hang around a bit, but the Tar Heels will eventually open the gap and enjoy a comfortable win. Prediction: North Carolina 38, James Madison 17 (Athlon Sports)
New Ribbon Boards Installed At Kenan StadiumFans coming to Kenan Stadium Saturday for the Tar Heels' first home game of the season will immediately recognize a sparkling new addition to the facade of the venerable facility. New video ribbon boards were installed in the offseason and now span the entire length of each sideline (506 feet) and across the front face of the Blue Zone. (GoHeels.com)
Two UNC Defensive Linemen Sidelined for Saturday vs James MadisonUNC's defensive line will be shorthanded when it takes the field on Saturday against James Madison. Defensive tackle Nazair Jones and defensive end Tomon Fox are both sidelined. Jones, who has 14 tackles and three tackles for loss this season, is recovering from a concussion and Fox suffered a leg injury in practice this week, according to sources. (Inside Carolina)
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