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Quick Lane Bowl Opponent Preview: Rutgers

UNC ends its season with a game against a Rutgers team which finished the season 7-5, going 3-5 in the Big Ten. Rutgers played a difficult Big Ten Schedule; facing Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan State on the road while Penn State and Wisconsin came to New Jersey. Rutgers lost each of those games and only beat two bowl-bound opponents, Maryland and Navy. (Tar Heel Blog)

Quick Lane quarterbacks feature different skill sets

The fact that Marquise Williams has thrown for more passing yards than Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova is impressive enough. Throw in the fact that North Carolina's dual-threat signal caller is also his team's leading rusher and it's clear why Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood says Williams is a player to watch in the Quick Lane Bowl. "I think he is a very talented runner,'' Flood said. (NJ.com)

This is it for UNC’s Scott, seniors

Friday yielded another signature moment within the athletics department at UNC. Safety Tim Scott has intercepted his bachelor's degree, graduating during winter commencement exercises earlier this month. As far as sports agents, Scott could use one. “I'm going to see if the league is for me,” said Scott, referring to the NFL. “But if football is over for me, I know I'll have my Plan B. I've got my degree.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels hope to hang with Eric Ebron in Detroit

The Tar Heels get to play at Eric Ebron's house — well, it’s more like North Carolina will run around against Rutgers in the yard where the NFL's Detroit Lions work. The inaugural Quick Lane Bowl on Friday (4:30 p.m., ESPN) between UNC and Rutgers will be played at Ford Field in Detroit. That's where Ebron, who was a UNC tight end last season, lines up as a Lion during the team’s home games. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC's Point Men

North Carolina point guard Marquise Williams and Tar Heels quarterback Marcus Paige — yeah, exactly, Williams said. “Marcus Paige is the quarterback of the basketball team,” said Williams, the signal caller for UNC’s football team that has to get past Rutgers on Friday to secure a winning season for the Tar Heels. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Sticking with 4-2-5 in Bowl

With defensive coordinator Dan Disch now calling plays, North Carolina’s defense will continue to focus on executing the 4-2-5 scheme in preparation for the team’s Quick Lane Bowl matchup with Rutgers on Dec. 26 in Detroit. Disch will be taking over the play calling for the recently departed Vic Koenning. “It’s been a blur for a few days.” Disch said earlier this week. (Inside Carolina)

Energy Surge

Carolina football takes off for Detroit and the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday. Thursday’s practice was the second day of prep for the Tar Heels’ opponent, Rutgers. Carolina head coach Larry Fedora said the student-athletes were eager to hit the field this week after exams ended. “Exams wear you out,” Fedora said. “They were excited to get back on the football field and run around.” (GoHeels.com)

Can Colts' Hakeem Nicks salvage a lost season?

Two plays. Not enough to make up for a season's worth of disappointing moments and missed opportunities. Not nearly enough to satisfy unfulfilled expectations. But Hakeem Nicks will take it. These days, two plays is a start. (Indianapolis Star)

Bengals' rushing success may hinge on Russell Bodine

It was Russell Bodine's knack for physicality that impressed Cincinnati Bengals coaches during the pre-draft process last winter and spring. Film of his blocking ability at North Carolina, along with his impressive strength (he led all players at last year's combine with 42 bench reps) impressed the Bengals. They envisioned having him for games like Monday night's. (ESPN.com)

Poll: UNC leads for college football loyalty in state of North Carolina

When it comes to college football loyalties in the state, little has changed from a year ago. 26% of North Carolinians say they're UNC fans to 15% for Duke, 14% for NC State, 9% each for Appalachian State and East Carolina, and 4% for Wake Forest. (Public Policy Polling)

UNC staying the course on defense

Look for North Carolina to go after Rutgers with the same 4-2-5 defensive scheme that has yielded unreliable results. That base package will include some wrinkles here and there, UNC coach Larry Fedora said. The Tar Heels will have a new guy in UNC cornerbacks coach Dan Disch calling the defensive plays during the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field, in Detroit, on Dec. 26. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Thursday Football Post-Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora and Tim Scott talk after practice about game planning for the Quick Lane Bowl, the Rutgers offense, and the changes in the defensive coaching staff on December 18, 2014. View Video...

Tar Heels Maintain Third In Directors' Cup Standings

The University of North Carolina athletic program maintained its spot in third place in the latest fall standings for the 2014-15 Learfield Directors’ Cup which were released Thursday. The UNC program has had a banner fall with five sports already scoring in the competition. Two more sports – volleyball and football – will be counted into the rankings on December 24 and January 15, respectively. (GoHeels.com)

Quick Lane Bowl breakdown: North Carolina-Rutgers

UNC's much-maligned defense has been historically bad, and as a result, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and the Tar Heels parted ways. But this group has a chance to redeem itself against a Rutgers offense that has been up and down in its own right, averaging anywhere from 2.48 yards per play (against Wisconsin) to 6.8 (against Michigan). (FOX Sports)

Quick Lane to Consistency

On Monday, Larry Fedora said Carolina will practice 11 times before taking the field on December 26 against Rutgers. That practice time is crucial not only for the Quick Lane Bowl, but also to build consistency and lay a foundation that will carry into the spring and beyond. “It’s time to get better,” said Seth Littrell, assistant head coach for offense. “We’ve got a lot to work on." (GoHeels.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, 5:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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