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ACC Football Top 15 Spring Player Rankings for 2015

9. Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina: Williams will miss spring practice due to a hip injury, but the senior isn’t expected to miss any snaps in the fall. He ranked second among ACC quarterbacks (conference-only games) by completing 62.9 passes last year. Williams ranked second in the ACC by averaging 296.6 total yards per game. (Athlon Sports)

UNC defensive line coaching candidate emerges

According to sources, North Carolina is interested in a rising coach from the FCS ranks to fill its open defensive line position. UT-Martin defensive line coach Tray Scott is a potential candidate for the vacant defensive line coaching position for the Tar Heels. Scott just completed his second season with the Skyhawks. In 2013, his defensive line had 28 sacks and 36 quarterback hurries. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Reaches Out To Help Ryan Hoffman

UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham says he and others at the university are looking to find a way to help Ryan Hoffman. “Your heart goes out to anyone who is homeless and down on their luck,” says Cunningham. “To think that it was a Carolina grad and former football player, it’s just tragic. It’s a sad story.” (Chapelboro.com)

Cleveland Browns re-sign RB Shaun Draughn

The Cleveland Browns have re-signed exclusive rights free agent running back Shaun Draughn, general manager Ray Farmer announced Friday. Draughn, 27, joined the Browns for the final month of the 2014 season. He appeared in four games and saw playing time as a third-down back. He was a key contributor on special teams and ultimately returned four kickoffs for an average of 19 yards. (Cleveland Browns)

Extra Points: Kick Starts

Corbin Daly and Freeman Jones, both redshirt freshmen, are focal points of the Tar Heels’ spring and summer development process as coach Larry Fedora and his staff seek to identify and groom new kickers at two of the three spots. Junior Nick Weiler returns to handle kick-off chores after a stellar performance last year. (GoHeels.com)

UNC offense has been historical under Fedora

With 99.5 percent of the 2014 offense returning in 2015, it's a safe bet, as we've discussed, that North Carolina will be mighty potent on that side of the ball in 2015 and should have a vastly-improved running attack to go along with an explosive pass game. A deeper look reveals that this could be the continuation of a historical trend at UNC under head coach Larry Fedora. (Carolina Blue)

Former UNC Lineman Now on the Streets, Looking for Answers, and Help

Once upon a time, Ryan Hoffman was a football star, a 6-foot-5, 287-pound left tackle at the University of North Carolina, the ironman on a team that went 11-1 and sent a half-dozen players to long careers in the N.F.L. In 1997, his final college season, he played nearly every snap. His position coach, Eddie Williamson, called him “the epitome of an offensive lineman:” physical, durable, driven. (New York Times)

Q&A with UNC coach Larry Fedora

Perhaps no ACC team has as much intrigue this spring as North Carolina, which brought in Gene Chizik to revamp the defense and will go to battle without starting QB Marquise Williams, who is out for the spring with a hip injury. To get a feel for where the Heels are at, we talked with coach Larry Fedora about some of the biggest spring storylines. (ESPN.com)

On the creation of the Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice statue

Shortly after Charlie Justice’s death on October 17, 2003, teammate Joe Neikirk approached Hugh Morton with an idea for a statue. Morton, who had worked with his friend Sculptor Johnpaul Harris on other projects like the Mildred and cubs statue and the deer habitat at Grandfather Mountain, immediately called his friend to see if he would be interested in a football statue. (A View to Hugh)

Extra Points: Back East

So what are the odds that two defensive coaches travel 1,200 miles from Lincoln, Neb., to Chapel Hill within two weeks of one another to join the coaching staff of the Tar Heels? First John Papuchis joins Larry Fedora’s staff in February as linebackers coach from his previous stint as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator, then Charlton Warren vacates as the Cornhuskers’ secondary coach to take the same job with the Tar Heels. (GoHeels.com)

UNC football opens up spring practice

It's early for the UNC football team — it has completed just two spring practices so far — but there has been an aura of optimism and excitement around Navy Practice Fields over the past few days. With the defense adjusting to a new system, as well as the coaches that have come along to implement it, players and coaches are hopeful of what's to come for the Tar Heel football program. (Daily Tar Heel)

New coaches aim to improve UNC defense

If North Carolina’s defensive backs start feeling a bit bored during spring practices, then new coach Charlton Warren is doing his job. For Warren, drilling in the fundamentals and basic defensive set is the first priority he has to tackle in during the spring season. “We’re taking it slow,” said Warren, who previously coached at Nebraska and Air Force before landing in Chapel Hill. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Fedora, Chizik & Warren Post Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora along with UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and defensive backs coach Charlton Warren spoke about the Tar Heels acclimation to the 4-3 defense. View Video...

Jesse Holley calls out MMA champ Ronda Rousey

A former NFL player says he's found the one person who could beat Ronda Rousey in an MMA fight -- himself -- saying if the two got in the octagon, Rousey wouldn't stand a chance. The man talking the smack is Jesse Holley -- who played WR for North Carolina and then the Dallas Cowboys after winning a tryout with the team on Michael Irvin's 2009 reality show "4th and Long." (TMZ.com)

Charlton Warren Officially Tabbed As UNC Defensive Backs Coach

UNC head coach Larry Fedora announced Monday that Charlton Warren has been hired as UNC’s defensive backs coach. Warren comes to Chapel Hill from Nebraska where he worked with recently-hired UNC defensive assistant John Papuchis. Before his time at Nebraska, Warren spent nine seasons working with the secondary at Air Force, including serving as the Falcons’ defensive coordinator. (GoHeels.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
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Baylor: 49
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ACC Football Standings
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Virginia0-00-0
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