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Diminishing role could impact Quinton Coples' future with Jets

When the New York Jets return to action next Sunday against the Washington Redskins, one of the players to watch is outside linebacker Quinton Coples, whose role appears to be shrinking. Yes, Coples made the trip last week to London, although it was sometimes hard to tell during the actual game. He played only 15 snaps in the win over the Miami Dolphins. (ESPN.com)

UNC's defense has turned the corner under Gene Chizik

With largely the same talent pool that made up one of the nation’s worst defenses a year ago, new North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik is finding instant success in 2015 with a group willing to work together. The message, he told them before the season, is that 11 good players doing their job are far more effective than one great player doing his. (ESPN.com)

Marquise Williams On Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 15 List

The initial Top 30 Watch List for the 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has been reduced to 15 of the country’s top college quarterbacks, and North Carolina's Marquise Williams is one of the remaining candidates for the prestigious award presented at the end of each season to the nation’s top college quarterback. (GoHeels.com)

UNC getting a first down on 87.5% of their drives

The fact that the North Carolina football team is getting a first down on 87.5% of their drives this season against FBS competition is a clear indicator of longer drives and fewer three and outs. A lot of this can be contributed to an improved Tar Heel running game behind an experience offensive line which has lived up to expectations this season. (Carolina Blue)

Problems At Punter For UNC

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora met with the media following Wednesday's practice and one of the primary topics was the issue he's dealing with at punter. The Tar Heels have used two punters so far, and while the battle remains between just them at this time, stability certainly isn't a word that's synonymous with the position right now. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC football looks to avoid bye week complacency

Heading into its bye week, the North Carolina football team seemingly can't lose. One week removed from exercising its road demons with a historic comeback in Atlanta, UNC enters the break with a four-game winning streak and no challenger on this weekend's slate. But this week, the Tar Heels will face their toughest opponent yet – complacency. (Daily Tar Heel)

Fedora, Chizik discuss Georgia Tech and Bye Week Preparation

After a huge win against Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels look to keep momentum during their bye week before hosting Wake Forest. Larry Fedora and Gene Chizik spoke to the media following Wednesday's practice. Fedora: "Everything we've done up to this point has been about ourselves. We are going back to the fundamentals and techniques that we're going to need for the next eight weeks." (Carolina Blue)

Warren: "There is no quit, there is a lot of fight"

It was almost like there was a new defensive team out there during the second half of North Carolina versus Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels limited the Yellow Jackets to only 10 points, making key stops, and forcing turnovers. CarolinaBlue spoke with UNC defensive backs coach Charlton Warren about the defensive adjustments and the evolving mentality of this defense. (Carolina Blue)

Is Fedora's Past Prologue?

William Shakespeare once wrote "what's past is prologue" in The Tempest. Metaphorically, it applies to sports sometimes, but usually not. In the case of UNC football coach Larry Fedora and his four-year path at Southern Mississippi that preceded what's transpiring in his tenure at UNC, it's certainly fascinating to consider the parallels between the two experiences. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Bucky Brooks on Marquise Williams' NFL potential

Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina: The electric playmaker is not the most explosive or elusive athlete on the field, but few dual-threat quarterbacks are more effective with the ball in their hands. Williams showcased his remarkable big-play skills with a spectacular performance against Georgia Tech that featured 319 yards of total offense (148 yards and two touchdowns rushing; 37 yards and a touchdown receiving; 134 yards passing). (NFL.com)

Is 'True Life: Gio' the next Lifetime movie?

More people should know Giovani Bernard's story. Paul Daugherty even suggested they make a Lifetime movie out of it, which Bernard got a kick out of on Tuesday night's Beyond the Stripes. "True Life: Gio," Bernard joked. "I'll get a nice little check for it." And he smiled and nodded almost the whole time Doc rattled off the story. Even the SparkNotes version is compelling: (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Q&A With Matt Merletti: Why Are Low Blocks Still Legal in Football?

Last Saturday, UNC was once again tasked with trying to tackle Georgia Tech’s triple option offense and cut blocking scheme. While the Tar Heels secured a rare win in Atlanta, starting UNC defensive tackle Nazair Jones suffered a leg injury in the process. John Tobben reached out to former Tar Heel safety Matt Merletti to discuss cut blocking and wonder if it should be banned. (Raleigh & Company)

Marquise Williams: "We know that we can be the best in the country"

With North Carolina in their bye week, it's time for the UNC football team to reflect on their past five games, look ahead to what looms, but more importantly improve. Seven tough games await the 4-1 Heels, all against ACC foes. After beating Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech on Saturday, the feeling surrounding the team is very positive. The players know they need to keep improving. (Carolina Blue)

No Rest in a Bye Week

You may think a bye week in football means the players get a well-needed rest. Maybe practices are more relaxed and the players come out lighter with no game to prepare for. Running back Elijah Hood says not so fast, "I don't know if it's more relaxed, we still come out here with the same effort, same mentality we always have. That's just the way we have to live and play the game." (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Ground Game Rolling Along

North Carolina’s ground game has rediscovered its traction through five games. Last fall, UNC ranked 81st nationally in rushing offense (151.4 ypg) and 89th in rushing yards per play (3.97) due largely to inexperience along the offensive line and at running back. Thus far in 2015, the Tar Heels rank 22nd nationally in rushing offense (219.8 ypg) and eighth in rushing yards per play (6.11). (Inside Carolina)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 28
Fri, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Stanford
Fri, Dec 30, 2:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(22) Virginia Tech6-39-4
North Carolina5-38-4
Miami5-38-4
(23) Pittsburgh5-38-4
Georgia Tech4-48-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson8-112-1
(13) Louisville7-19-3
(11) Florida State5-39-3
NC State3-56-6
Wake Forest3-56-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-66-6

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