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In-state quarterback storylines to follow in 2015

UNC's Marquise Williams ranked second only to Florida State's Jameis Winston in total offense a year ago with 3,068 yards passing (3rd in league) and 788 rushing (10th). Williams also accounted for 34 touchdowns, which was more than half of the Tar Heels' team total. The problem UNC had last season was that Williams was practically a one-man show on offense. (Fayetteville Observer)

A Tar Heel tradition in blue & white

Thirteen days after UNC Head Football Coach Carl Snavely got his Valentine wish that Charlie Justice would “come out for the team,” a practice game was held in Kenan Stadium between the Tar Heels and the Guilford College Quakers coached by Doc Newton. About a thousand students showed up despite the cold, damp, windy weather. (A View to Hugh)

Which ACC team could secure big Week 1 win?

A season-opening win against South Carolina and the SEC would silence many of UNC coach Larry Fedora’s critics, and it would hardly be a surprise to see the Tar Heels favored leading up to the game. Las Vegas oddsmakers pegged North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams as a dark horse Heisman candidate after he orchestrated the ACC’s No. 3-ranked scoring offense in 2014. (ESPN.com)

Extra Points: Hugging Trees In Kenan Woods

Name another college football stadium in the nation where you can stand exactly 30 yards from an exterior fence and actually be blocked from viewing the structure by a wooden thicket of oak, pine, hemlock and maple trees. Kenan Memorial Stadium's wooded setting and the field’s placement in the base of a natural ravine meld to give the structure an aesthetic ambiance unrivaled among the major players in college football. (GoHeels.com)

Julius Peppers voted No. 71 in Top 100 NFL Players of 2015

Packers DE/LB Julius Peppers was voted No. 71 by his peers in the NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2015." Peppers' spot in the rankings was revealed on Wednesday night. He's the second Packers player to make the list this year, following WR Randall Cobb at No. 100. Peppers has made the top 100 list three times previously. (Green Bay Packers)

Kansas City Chiefs sign former UNC tight end Ryan Taylor

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed tight end Ryan Taylor, according to the NFL’s transactions report. Taylor, 27, is a former seventh-round pick of the Packers in 2011. He caught eight passes for 45 yards in 45 games with the Packers before his release last October. Since then, he’s spent time with the Ravens, Browns and Dolphins, who released him on May 11. (Kansas City Star)

Arizona Cardinals' Jonathan Cooper healthy, making switch to new position

Jonathan Cooper said he feels a lot better now than he has in a long time. "So yeah, I'm excited about it, I feel pretty good," he added Tuesday. It would not be accurate to say Cooper, the team's first-round selection (7th overall) in the 2013 draft, has had an up-and-down career. It's been mostly down. It started with a broken leg suffered in the third preseason game of his rookie season. (Arizona Sports)

Top 5 ACC Quarterbacks for 2015

5. Marquise Williams, North Carolina: In his first full season as a starter, Williams engineered an offense that put up 429.8 yards and 33.2 points per game. He threw for 3,068 yards, 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, completing 63.1 percent of his passes. He also finished as the team’s leading rusher (for the second consecutive season), registering 193 carries for 788 yards and 13 scores. (Carolina Blue)

Lucas Crowley Named To Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

North Carolina junior center Lucas Crowley is one of 50 players on the Rimington Trophy Committee's 2015 Spring Watch List. The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Crowley has made 13 career starts, including 12 during the 2014 season. He reached double digits in knockdown blocks in six games. (GoHeels.com)

Broncos kicker Connor Barth doesn't like new NFL extra points rules

NFL owners voted Tuesday to alter the league's long-held extra-point rules with the hope of making the seemingly automatic scoring attempt after touchdowns more challenging. The football for extra-point kicks will be moved from the 2-yard line back to the 15. "Narrowing the uprights would make it a lot more challenging than moving the extra point," said Connor Barth. (Denver Post)

Ranking the ACC's Offensive Triplets for 2015

5. North Carolina: QB: Marquise Williams, RB: T.J. Logan, WR: Ryan Switzer; Under Larry Fedora’s watch, scoring points hasn’t been a problem for North Carolina. The Tar Heels have averaged at least 30 points per game in three consecutive seasons and should easily hit that mark in 2015. (Athlon Sports)

Which college football teams play the fastest?

So, which teams in college football played the "fastest" last season? According to College Football Matrix, Bowling Green, North Carolina, Arizona, Baylor and Texas Tech were the top five teams in plays per minute. The average pace of play across FBS last season was 2.919 plays per minute. The number is arrived at by taking the total number of offensive plays and dividing that by time of possession. (Carolina Blue)

Record Attendance for UNC at Charlotte Football Clinic

As has been the case during its first three editions, the annual Charlotte Metro Football Clinic had a strong Tar Heel flavor. However, Monday was Gene Chizik’s and his defensive staff’s debut at the event. Their presence certainly contributed to its record breaking attendance. NCAA rules prevented Larry Fedora from attending the clinic. But all nine UNC assistants served as clinicians. (Inside Carolina)

Ward and Julia Marslender establish a $1 million bequest for UNC Children’s

A grandson’s care leads Ward and Julia Marslender of Raleigh, N.C., to establish a $1 million bequest that will help UNC Children’s train the next generation of pediatric specialists in nephrology and urology. The couple’s Tar Heel roots go back nearly 60 years, to 1958, when Ward Marslender, Jr., entered UNC on an athletic scholarship. He played both basketball and football. (UNC Health Care)

Larry Fedora explains why Gene Chizik was his No. 1 choice

When Larry Fedora decided to make a change on UNC’s defense, Gene Chizik was the first name he went after, despite Chizik being out of coaching for two years, and Fedora believes Chizik will take the Tar Heels to the next level. “I didn’t have to sell a whole lot,” Fedora told SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “Gene and I had a relationship. We’d competed against each other for quite a few years." (CoachingSearch.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
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Baylor: 49
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UNC vs. James Madison
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