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UNC QB Marquise Williams has Duke’s respect

Duke may not have as much time as usual to prepare for a rivalry clash with North Carolina, but the Blue Devils still know exactly who to focus on to stop the Tar Heels on Thursday. UNC quarterback Marquise Williams is the first, second and third option for UNC’s offense, and Duke is well aware. “He’s really mobile, he’s real strong,” Duke defensive lineman Dezmond Johnson said. (Greensboro News & Record)

Saturday Special

Jeff Saturday played 13 seasons for the Colts, helping set the tone for Peyton Manning’s offense. He spent a final season in Green Bay in 2012 before retiring as a Colt after the 2013 Pro Bowl. In total, Saturday played in six Pro Bowls, was a four-time All Pro and a Super Bowl champion. Monday evening, Saturday spoke at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School on his four pillars of leadership (GoHeels.com)

Jeff Saturday's Pillars of Leadership

In addition to working as a football analyst for ESPN, Jeff Saturday speaks to corporations and church groups around the country. Before he spoke at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School on Monday, Saturday shared his four pillars of leadership with GoHeels.com and CAROLINA. (GoHeels.com)

UNC prepping for Duke during short week

Due to the North Carolina’s game against No. 25 Duke this Thursday, the Tar Heels were back on the practice field for an unusual Monday practice. Typically, UNC takes Monday to watch film and study the upcoming opponent, while resting their bodies from the past weekend’s game just 48 hours before. (Carolina Blue)

UNC relying on backfield depth

Depth at running back was supposed to be a strength for UNC this season, and it certainly has been put to the test. The Tar Heels face a short week to get ready for Duke on Thursday and are down to sophomores T.J. Logan and Charles Brunson, a walk-on, in the backfield. UNC lost former Hillside running back Khris Francis for the rest of the season on Saturday against Pittsburgh. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC fans can relax; Fedora to Florida a longshot...right now

Larry Fedora's name was one of dozens tossed out by various media outlets Sunday as a potential successor for Florida coach Will Muschamp, and for obvious reasons. UNC's third-year head coach has ties to the Florida program – he spent three seasons between 2002-04 as an assistant with the Gators under head coach Ron Zook. (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: Monday Football Post-Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora and Marquise Williams discuss preparing for Duke, adapting to a short week, and earning back the victory bell after practice on November 17, 2014. View Video...

Short Turnaround for Rivalry Clash

Monday is traditionally a day of rest around the Kenan Football Center during the regular season. That wasn’t the case this week as the Tar Heels practiced Monday due to the five-day break between Pittsburgh on Saturday and Duke on Thursday. When asked how the prep schedule had changed due to the short week, Larry Fedora replied: “We’re out here today, that’s one thing.” (Inside Carolina)

No. 25 Duke must flush narrow loss, focus on UNC

Normally, the Blue Devils spend Sundays looking back at the previous game – win or lose. They are allowed to be retrospective, with hopes of learning from what just happened, before turning their attention to their next opponent two days later. But that schedule isn’t possible with the quick turnaround before facing UNC this week. The Tar Heels (5-5, 3-3) became the focus of Duke’s players and coaches before the weekend was up. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Plenty on the line for No. 25 Duke, UNC

No. 25 Duke has a second chance to control the Coastal Division. North Carolina needs one more victory for bowl eligibility. Bragging rights are always important in this backyard rivalry, but there's plenty on the line for both teams besides pride. The Tar Heels can qualify their second straight bowl berth by beating either Duke or North Carolina State. (USA Today)

Video: UNC Homecoming Weekend Wrap Up - Undefeated

Six different Tar Heel teams combined for a 10-0 record this homecoming weekend including field hockey, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, women's soccer, and football. View Video...

Khris Francis Out for Season

An MRI has confirmed that North Carolina sophomore tailback Khris Francis tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee in the Tar Heels’ win over Pitt Saturday afternoon. Francis, a native of Durham, N.C., suffered the injury in the second quarter. A surgery date has not yet been been determined (Tar Heel Blog)

Postgame Chalkboard from UNC-Pitt

Despite the win, the UNC defense continued to get physically mauled at the point of attack, as Conner ran for 220 yards on 30 carries, averaging a healthy 7.3 yards per run. At this point, I’m at a loss about the lack of physical play on the defensive side of the football; you simply cannot win consistently when allowing those kinds of rushing numbers and over 13 yards per passing attempt. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-State football game draws early kickoff time

The ACC and its television partners have announced the kickoff times for the final weekend of the football season and to absolutely nobody’s surprise, the rivalry showdown between North Carolina and N.C. State has drawn the 12;30 p.m. time slot. The game, at Kenan Stadium, will be televised by the Raycom ACC Network. (Wilmington Star News)

Marquise Williams named ACC Offensive Back of the Week

UNC quarterback Marquise Williams was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the third time this season after leading the Tar Heels’ 40-35 win over Pitt. Williams accounted for four touchdowns, completing 23 of 40 attempts for 276 yards and one touchdown and rushing 19 times for 122 yards and three scores. Williams completed a school-record 16 consecutive passes during one stretch. (The ACC)

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

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

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

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

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

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