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ICTV: Nazair Jones Is Back

A sophomore from Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Nazair Jones was absent for a significant portion of spring football season as he dealt with a personal issue. His emergence last season - leading the team in tackles for loss (7.5), and doing so as a redshirt freshman from the defensive tackle position - has him pegged as one of the team's most promising defensive talents. (Inside Carolina)

New Bucs LB Bruce Carter has coverage skills team needs

A year ago, Bruce Carter intercepted five passes — the most of any NFL linebacker — and broke up eight more while working as the strongside backer in the Cowboys version of the Tampa 2 scheme. Is it any wonder, then, that the Bucs, who are as focused on taking the ball away as any team in the league, decided to stake a claim to Carter once he entered free agency? (Tampa Tribune)

With Chizik, slower is better for UNC defense

North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik’s task could not be more urgent, but he’s not about to rush. Chizik, as the new man in charge of the UNC football team’s defense, has to resurrect a unit that ranked among the worst in the country in 2014 and set school records for defensive ineptitude. (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC senior DB Malik Simmons suspended for first two games

North Carolina senior cornerback Malik Simmons has been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season following the adjudication of two misdemeanor court cases in Orange County Thursday morning. “Malik’s actions did not meet the standards of the Carolina football program and he will serve a significant penalty as a result,” said head coach Larry Fedora. (Tar Heel Blog)

Spurrier believes UNC defense will improve

UNC head coach Larry Fedora brought in former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, who led the Tigers to a national championship, to run his defense. Chizik, before he took his first head coaching job, had four defensive coordinator positions, including Auburn and Texas. Spurrier believes that Chizik will have the Tar Heels playing much better defense this year, which was by far the worst in the ACC a season ago. (Carolina Blue)

Former Dallas Cowboy Greg Ellis Revisits Friday Night Lights

Greg Ellis spent 12 seasons in the NFL as a starting defensive end, and all but one of them with America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys. When he retired five years ago, he set out to break into another notoriously difficult business—Hollywood. After starting his own production company, Play Now Enterprise, Ellis had the opportunity to work on a project that combined both of his passions: A football movie. (Sports Illustrated)

ICTV: UNC Secondary Making Big Plays

The North Carolina defensive backs are showing the benefits of depth and coaching in the first week of training camp. They appear to have hit the ground running, picking up where they left off with the spring implementation and summer study of new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik's system. "The recall for the defensive guys has been super," head coach Larry Fedora said. (Inside Carolina)

Jonathan Cooper continues to work toward being player Arizona Cardinals drafted him to be

For the first time since he was a rookie, offensive guard Jonathan Cooper enters Arizona Cardinals training camp healthy. There is no broken leg to recover from, both physically and mentally. And the hand injury that sidelined him at the end of the 2014 season is a thing of the past. For Cooper, the seventh overall pick in 2013 out of North Carolina, there is only football, and getting better at it. (Arizona Sports)

Countdown UNC's 10 Best Players: #6 Mack Hollins

Mack Hollins entered UNC prior to the 2012 season as a walk-on from Rockville, Maryland. After redshirting his first year, Hollins was named special teams captain as a freshman. His sophomore year, Hollins caught 35 passes for 613 yards. He also hauled in eight touchdowns and carded a longest catch of 91 yards against San Diego State. To cap it off, Hollins grabbed honorable mention All-ACC accolades. (Keeping It Heel)

UNC Football Opponent Preview: Delaware

The Delaware Blue Hens are the fourth game for the Tar Heels this year. They play in the Colonial Athletic Association and will be UNC’s second FCS team this year. Only one win against an FCS team counts toward bowl eligibility, so a win here doesn’t do a lot to help. However, a loss would do a lot of damage. So what do we need to know about the Delaware Blue Hens? (Keeping It Heel)

UNC, Old Dominion sign football deal that brings Tar Heels to Norfolk in 2017

Old Dominion has taken a significant step in its quest to attract ACC football teams to Norfolk, adding a home a home series with the University of North Carolina. UNC will play in Norfolk on Sept. 16, 2017, with ODU to play a return game to Chapel Hill on Sept. 26, 2020, according to contracts obtained from ODU by The Virginian-Pilot under the Freedom of Information Act. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Ring bearer Chizik flashes simplicity

The part about listening to the guys with whistles around their necks is in every football player’s handbook. Of course, it helps if the guys wearing whistles also have some jewelry on their fingers. First-year UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik is blinged out with rings from national championships when he was the defensive coordinator at Texas in 2005 and the head coach at Auburn in 2010. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks trying to earn spot with Titans

In middle school, Hakeem Nicks got to wear the No. 9 of Steve McNair while playing quarterback for the Titans. Now 27, the veteran wide receiver is trying to earn a job with the same team in the NFL. The Titans signed Nicks to a one-year deal in April, bringing the former first-round draft pick to his third different team in as many seasons and giving Nicks a chance to revive his career. (FOX Sports)

Russell Bodine's jump at center of Bengals' plans

This time last year, one of the biggest questions haunting the Bengals offense was if fourth-round pick Russell Bodine could handle the daunting task of the starting role as center. He did just that. Every one of the Bengals' 1,152 snaps last year came from Bodine's hand. During that stretch they allowed their fewest sacks since 2007 and most yards per carry in the Marvin Lewis era. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Rams DE Robert Quinn aiming to get back to great

To hear St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn tell it, his 2014 season was a borderline disappointment. Yes, a season in which Quinn finished with 46 tackles, 10½ sacks and five forced fumbles on his way to a second consecutive Pro Bowl berth simply wasn't good enough for the Rams' best player. (ESPN.com)

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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