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Buccaneers new linebacker Bruce Carter adjusting to new position

Even though Bruce Carter played outside linebacker most of his four years in Dallas, the Bucs felt the linebacker’s athleticism and playmaking ability was enough for him to make the switch inside. They signed the unrestricted free agent in March to a four-year deal worth $17 million. While it has been a bit of a transition for him, Carter is starting to get the feel of his new position. (The Ledger)

Inside UNC football media day

Larry Fedora on how the team has worked to solve its chemistry issues from the 2014 season: “You won’t know until you’ve got adversity hit you in the face. That’s when you find out who you really are. And what is the chemistry of the team and how close are they and do they love each other? Are they willing to do it for the guy next to them? That’s when we’ll really find out.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Injury turns freshman into center of attention on UNC line

Marquise Williams was looking forward to playing behind a veteran offensive line that returned all five starters this season. But because of a leg injury to junior center Lucas Crowley, the North Carolina quarterback suddenly finds himself taking snaps from an untested true freshman. Crowley, a Rimington Trophy candidate, was hurt during Sunday’s scrimmage. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC, NC State among top 20 for school spirit

N.C. State University ranks No. 15 and UNC-Chapel Hill ranks No. 20 on a recent ranking of the top 20 "Colleges with the most school spirit" based on responses to Princeton Review surveys, reported by Business Insider. The rankings are based on the survey question to students, "How popular are intercollegiate sports at your school?" (Triangle Business Journal)

Touted running backs compete for Tar Heels' job

Running backs for North Carolina are off and running in the preseason in a competition that appears to be going full speed. Perhaps Elijah Hood struck first with an eye-catching performance in the team’s first scrimmage, something that included some big runs. But T.J. Logan figures to be a factor as well. “I had a good scrimmage, too,” Logan said Wednesday. (Burlington Times News)

North Carolina boasts loaded offense

North Carolina could potentially field the most explosive offense in the ACC this season. The Tar Heels have a limitless supply of receivers for senior quarterback Marquise Williams to target and an offensive line that returns five starters with a combined 101 career starts between them. The line, led by right guard Landon Turner, should be one of the better units in the conference. (Orlando Sentinel)

Marquise Williams learning he can't always be the hero

To say Marquise Williams did everything for Carolina's offense last season would be an understatement. Not only did Williams lead the team in passing, he also led the team with 788 yards rushing, as much a threat to score on the ground as through the air. "There were times I could have protected myself, but I just wanted to be that hero," Williams said. "Sometimes I shouldn’t be that hero.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marquise Williams aims for even bigger numbers leading UNC's offense

Marquise Williams did just about everything coach Larry Fedora could have asked in leading North Carolina's offense last season. And yet, the senior quarterback sounds like he believes there's a lot more to accomplish. "I still have that mindset of going out and competing," Williams said Wednesday during the team's preseason media day. "And you can never be satisfied." (Associated Press)

Video: UNC Football Media Day Offense Interviews

Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan, Quinshad Davis, and Ryan Switzer spoke with GoHeels at UNC Football Media Day on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015. View Video...

Gene Chizik Preaching Physicality

When Larry Fedora arrived at UNC in December 2011, he carried a simple motto about the three traits he wanted out of his football team: Smart, Fast, Physical. At UNC’s annual football media day on Wednesday, sophomore defensive end Dajuan Drennon suggested a change to that motto. “I think we should change our slogan to ‘Physical, Smart, Fast’ because that’s what we’ve been working on.” (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC Football Media Day Defense Interviews

Shakeel Rashad, Nazair Jones, Jeff Schoettmer and Dajaun Drennon speak with the media during North Carolina's football media day on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. View Video...

Chizik using 3-step approach to revamp UNC's defense

The first change for UNC's defensive players in the offseason was the arrival of Gene Chizik, the architect of Auburn's national title run in 2010. Chizik and his assistants scrapped the old 4-2-5 scheme for a 4-3 base scheme during spring drills, and he said Wednesday that he was impressed with the amount players remembered when they arrived for fall practice in early August. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Injuries and attrition have hit UNC’s offensive line

Injuries and an indefinite leave of absence along the offensive line have gutted North Carolina’s interior depth nine practices into training camp. Starting center Lucas Crowley (knee) and backup guard Will Dancy suffered injuries during UNC’s first scrimmage on Sunday, according to a team source. Crowley is expected back for the season opener on Sept. 3. Dancy’s injury could sideline him for an extended period of time. (Inside Carolina)

Ryan Switzer: "I feel like I am in the best shape I have ever been"

Ryan Switzer: "With the offseason that I have had and everything that I have done in terms of the mental part of the game, the physical part of the game, I feel like I have put myself in the position to have a great year. I didn't think my explosiveness was where it needed to be. So that's what I really hit on this summer. I am at 183 pounds. My body fat is down to 4%, which is certainly going to help me this fall." (Carolina Blue)

Video: Larry Fedora Media Day Press Conference

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora answers a variety of questions from reporters during his press conference at Media Day on August 12, 2015. View Video...

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

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Scoreboard
at Georgia Tech7
Florida State55
at South Florida35
East Carolina17
at Virginia Tech54
Central Michigan35
at Virginia49
at Connecticut24
at Boston College42
at Notre Dame35
at North Carolina37
Wake Forest33
at Indiana28
at Marshall28
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

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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