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Interview with ACC Commissioner John Swofford

John Swofford: "(I) ended up going to North Carolina and started as a quarterback as a sophomore, but missed about four games with injuries. I started the first five games of my junior year at quarterback and threw one too many interceptions and in a week I was a defensive back. Then I finished my career playing as a defensive back, and spent my senior year playing less than I had ever played." (Football Matters)

UNC defense stresses turnovers

Force turnovers and win the game. Turn the ball over and lose. Simple idea right? As much as the offense does not want to turn the ball over it's almost as important that the defense works to create turnovers. Game changing plays, like turnovers, can mean the difference. On Saturday night against N.C. A&T, the Tar Heel forced three turnovers, all in the first half. (Carolina Blue)

How Did Nick Weiler Turn It Around?

UNC kicker Nick Weiler put through five of his eight field goal attempts a season ago, with the longest coming from 27 yards. It was his first year kicking field goals for the Heels. Through two games this season, Weiler already smashed past his career-high with conversions from 38, 47, and 48 yards. Weiler is a perfect three-for-three so far. (Carolina Blue)

Ty'Son Williams cracks UNC football running back rotation

Before the season began, most expected running backs Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan to carry the North Carolina rushing attack, with perhaps some Romar Morris or Khris Francis sprinkled in. But true freshman Ty’Son Williams has carved out an early role for himself in the running back rotation. “He just came in, he put his head down, he’s just a grinder,” Hood said. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC tight end Brandon Fritts seizes his opportunity

Entering the 2015 season, North Carolina tight end Brandon Fritts had a New Year’s resolution — to make a name for himself in college. And after grabbing two touchdown catches in less than six minutes against North Carolina A&T on Saturday, he is closer to reaching his goal. “It’s a start,” Fritts said. "I’m trying to help the team any way I can.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Larry Fedora Live: Shakeel Rashad Changes Positions

Outside linebacker Shakeel Rashad is no stranger to changing positions, and in the week leading up to North Carolina’s win against N.C A&T, he had to adjust to a new spot yet again. “We moved him to another linebacker position during the week,” head coach Larry Fedora said during his weekly radio show on Tuesday night, “so we could keep him on the field in nickel situations.” (Inside Carolina)

Former UNC QB Caleb Pressley trolling NCAA President Mark Emmert with t-shirt

Caleb Pressley, a former quarterback and student assistant with the North Carolina football program, is selling t-shirts featuring the likeness of NCAA President Mark Emmert as a lucrative way of making a point about the NCAA's refusal to pay players for use of their likenesses. The shirt features a caricature of Emmert standing between stacks of money. (SB Nation)

Source: Hakeem Nicks among WRs trying out with Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys will start the process of replacing Dez Bryant by bringing veteran receivers Hakeem Nicks, Nick Toon, Austin Pettis and Clyde Gates to Valley Ranch for workouts Tuesday, a source told ESPN. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday that the team would add a receiver to help replace Bryant, who is out after undergoing foot surgery. (ESPN.com)

Julius Peppers shows no signs of slowing down in 14th season

A lot of factors added up to a memorable performance for Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers on Sunday. For one, his team was victorious. For another, he played well. Peppers' performance came against his former employer, and it also came in Week 1 when the excitement level is a little more palpable than just about any other game. (247 Sports)

Showdown with Illinois reminds Marquise Williams of 2011 season

Just eight days before its season opener, Illinois fired head football coach Tim Beckman for his mistreatment of injured players. When UNC quarterback Marquise Williams found out, he couldn’t help but reminisce on his freshman season in 2011. “I thought back to Butch,” said Williams on Monday, referring to former UNC coach Butch Davis, who was fired at the end of July 2011 during the NCAA investigation. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels Seeking Pass Rush

North Carolina’s defensive line has struggled to establish a consistent pass rush thus far in 2015. That issue will need to be corrected this weekend against Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt and the Fighting Illini’s pass-heavy offense. Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik harped on the need for a better transitional pass rush following UNC’s season-opening loss to South Carolina. (Inside Carolina)

Illini travel to North Carolina on Saturday

When UNC replaced its former defensive coordinator with Gene Chizik it switched from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3 base. They run nickel an awful lot, but a big difference is they are now much bigger everywhere up front on defense. The Tar Heels always have four true defensive linemen in the game and two true linebackers. That was rarely the case a year ago. (Orange & Blue News)

Is UNC's pass rush a concern?

The UNC defense has two sacks in two games. One was registered by Robert Dinkins, the other by Mikey Bart. In addition, the Tar Heels have nine tackles for a loss. The offense is playing pretty well. The offensive line is solid. Tackling and coverage is better. The pass rush? A noticeable concern. (Carolina Blue)

UNC and NC A&T marching bands team up for Katy Perry

The Marching Tar Heels welcomed the N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University marching band for a Katy Perry-themed half-time show collaboration at the UNC vs. N.C. A&T football game on Saturday. Jeffrey Fuchs, director of UNC’s university bands, said it was a no-brainer to collaborate with the Blue and Gold Marching Machine. “It is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Fuchs said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Illinois eager to be tested at North Carolina after 'fairly easy' start

Coach Bill Cubit is the first to concede Illinois hasn't encountered much difficulty since the season began. "It has not been easy to accomplish (a 2-0 start)," Cubit said Monday, "but it's been fairly easy because nothing has really gone against us." The season takes on a more serious tone Saturday, when Illinois visits North Carolina for its first road game and first game against a Power Five conference opponent. (Chicago Tribune)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 35
Virginia: 14
Sat, Oct 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Nov 5, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Thu, Nov 10, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. The Citadel
Sat, Nov 19, TBD Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Scoreboard
Virginia Tech0
at Pittsburgh0
THU, OCT 27 7:00 PM ET
at Virginia0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 29 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Notre Dame0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 29 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(21) North Carolina4-16-2
(25) Virginia Tech3-15-2
Georgia Tech1-34-3

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Clemson4-07-0
(5) Louisville4-16-1
(12) Florida State2-25-2
Wake Forest2-25-2
NC State1-24-3
Boston College0-43-4

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