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Troy adds North Carolina DL Junior Gnonkonde as grad transfer

Less than a week before the start of summer camp, Troy has made a Power Five addition to its roster. Monday afternoon, the Trojans announced that Junior Gnonkonde has joined the squad as a graduate transfer. Gnonkonde graduated from North Carolina in May and opted to transfer from the Tar Heels for unknown reasons. (NBC Sports)

Breaking Down UNC's Scoring Defense Success

North Carolina’s 2015 defense may serve as the ideal poster child for the ever-changing statistical landscape that belongs to college football. Offensive ingenuity in recent decades has prompted the rise of advanced metrics to accurately gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of programs utilizing entirely different schemes to win games. (Inside Carolina)

Country singer Chase Rice wears Sam Foltz jersey during concert in Nebraska

Hours after former Husker punter Sam Foltz was laid to rest Saturday in Grand Island in front of an estimated 1,500 teammates, coaches, friends, family members and loved ones, country singer and songwriter Chase Rice donned Foltz's jersey and paid tribute to the Greeley native during a concert. (KETV)

ACC's top 25 football players of 2016: Nos. 25-21

No. 22: Des Lawrence, CB, North Carolina: Lawrence had a breakout season in 2015 under new coordinator Gene Chizik. He started all 13 games and tied for the ACC lead with 14 pass breakups. His return helps make the secondary the strength of the North Carolina defense, and he should only be better with another year in the system. (ESPN.com)

WWE announces signing of former NFL Lineman Brennan Williams

Triple H has said that WWE is looking for talent wherever they can find it. But they didn’t have to look hard for Brennan Williams. And when they saw his résumé, it was a pretty easy decision to give him a look. Today, the company announced they signed the former college football standout, Booker T trainee, and Taekwondo black belt to a developmental contract. (Cageside Seats)

ACC Football Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

On North Carolina: “They weren’t as good as their record, and maybe that showed up in the bowl game a little bit, but you have to give them credit for running the table in the division and the fact that nobody could really slow them down. I think their philosophy is to play good defense and don’t give up big plays and say, ‘We’re going to outscore you.’” (Athlon Sports)

Giovani Bernard partners with Tide Loads of Hope to help local family

On Tuesday, Giovani Bernard partnered with Tide Loads of Hope to make the day of one local family in need of new clothing. Natalie, a single mother of five and local Oakley resident, found herself in a position where she needed to make some tough decisions for her family. (Cincy Jungle)

Quinshad Davis a surprising playmaker early for Lions

Quinshad Davis' work came mostly during second-and-third team reps, but the undrafted free-agent receiver from North Carolina had a good day. In individual drills, he had an impressive, one-handed catch in the back of the end zone. Davis also had a nice grab in the end zone during 7-on-7 drills. Davis has a rough road to a roster spot, but plays like that will get him noticed. (ESPN.com)

Ranking NFL running backs: 10. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

Why is Giovani Bernard, not Jeremy Hill in our top 10? After all, Hill was Cincinnati’s designated starter at running back—he tied for the league lead with 11 touchdowns on the ground last season and led the Bengals with 794 yards rushing. Well, to cut to the chase, Bernard was better across the board last season. (Sports Illustrated)

A look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels

I decided to take a look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels (either athletes or those associated with Tar Heel athletics). Charles Kuralt's Bicentennial Speech, Roy Williams' 2009 Locker Room Speech, Marcus Paige’s Senior Speech, Stuart Scott’s Jimmy V Award Speech, Anson Dorrance's Speech on Mia Hamm. (Tar Heel Blog)

Looking forward to Saturdays of football in Chapel Hill

I look forward to hearing the chimes from the Bell Tower welcoming me home. I look forward to new additions to the "I’m a Tar Heel" montage. I look forward to raising my four fingers at the start of the 4th quarter, as the bells start to chime. I look forward to hearing "Touchdown Carolina". (Tar Heel Blog)

Understanding Lions TE Eric Ebron through the context of Muhammed Ali

One of Eric Ebron's biggest idols is Muhammed Ali. He feels a kinship to the late heavyweight champion because his grandfather was afflicted by Parkinson's disease, like Ali, and died from it years ago. Ali, of course, was renowned for his mouth. He was the greatest, and he was also the first person who was going to tell you about it. (MLive.com)

Ideally, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart would like to know starting QB before UNC game

Kirby Smart would love to know who he’ll start at quarterback when the week of the season opener against North Carolina rolls around. Given the situation Georgia is in, too many variables exist for Smart to know for certain if his coaching staff will be able to make that determination by the end of August. (Macon Telegraph)

Run defense still the biggest question mark for UNC

Despite UNC’s 11-win season, its troubles stopping the run weren’t limited to the bowl game. It was the ninth time the team had given up at least 200 yards last fall and the fourth it had allowed at least 300. The Heels will enter this season as the favorite to win the ACC’s Coastal Division, but that doesn’t mean concerns against the run have disappeared. (Today's U)

New Patriots Lineman Jonathan Cooper Carted Off With Foot Injury

Patriots offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper was carted off the field Saturday during the first day of padded training camp practices. Cooper was playing with the first offensive unit when he appeared to injure his right foot. After being looked at by trainers, Cooper was placed onto a cart and brought into Gillette Stadium. The extent of his injury is not yet known. (CBS Boston)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 14
Virginia: 20
Sat, Oct 14 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 21, 3:30 ET ESPN2

UNC vs. Miami
Sat, Oct 28, 12:00 ET ABC/ESPN/2 Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Thu, Nov 9, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Scoreboard
at Florida State28

at Duke17

Boston College41
at Virginia10

at #7 Miami0
13:30 IN 1ST

North Carolina0
at #14 Virginia Tech0
12:55 IN 1ST

Wake Forest0
at Georgia Tech0
Saturday 7:30 PM

Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(8) Miami3-05-0
Georgia Tech2-13-2
(14) Virginia Tech1-15-1
North Carolina0-41-6

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(16) NC State4-06-1
(7) Clemson4-16-1
Boston College2-34-4
Florida State2-32-4
Wake Forest1-24-2

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