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Gio Bernard's versatility may present conundrum for Bengals coaches

Giovani Bernard has one main concern at this early stage of the Cincinnati Bengals' season: getting chances. "When you've got the opportunity to build on something," the third-year running back said, "you've just got to capitalize on it and hopefully do something with it." Last season, the number of opportunities Bernard had were ultimately fewer than he anticipated. (ESPN.com)

Lions TE Eric Ebron causes mismatch problems during strong first week of training camp

Eric Ebron was humbled during a rocky rookie season with the Detroit Lions last season. So the former 10th overall pick returned home to North Carolina determined to right some wrongs. He's pored over his playbook. He's obsessed over other veterans, gleaning tips on routine and scheme. And it has all come together for him over the past few weeks, with a standout performance during minicamp. (MLive.com)

UNC Fans Optimistic for Turnaround

Tar Heel fans are hopeful for improvement by their football team this fall after a disappointing 2014 season. Fans packed the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday for the ninth annual “Meet The Heels” event, where they had the opportunity to take pictures with players from each North Carolina fall sports team. Among the family-friendly chaos stood new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. (Inside Carolina)

Jack Tabb returns to Saints' injured reserve

Jack Tabb cleared waivers after being released with an injury designation and returned to the Saints’ injured reserve on Saturday. An undrafted free agent out of North Carolina, Tabb hooked up with the Saints in May and was having a solid offseason before suffering an injury during Thursday’s practice. Tabb does not count against New Orleans’ 90-man roster. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

Depth, Instruction Boosting UNC's Secondary

A fresh approach and an abundance of bodies in the defensive backs position group is helping to erase a maligned recent history. As the Tar Heels prepare for its opener against the Gamecocks, defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and his staff are intent on teaching the proper technique and fundamentals to avoid the demoralizing explosive plays that result from minor miscues. (Inside Carolina)

New names emerging on the UNC defensive line

The Tar Heel defensive line was an area of weakness in 2014. With a new scheme, coordinator, and position coach the Carolina defensive line strives to be an area of strength in the 2015 season. Six practices in, two new names stick out as guys looking to play big minutes and make big change: Freshman Aaron Crawford and redshirt freshman Jeremiah Clarke. (Carolina Blue)

New Orleans Saints Waive TE Jack Tabb

The New Orleans Saints signed free agent tight end Alex Smith after Friday's practice, ESPN reported. Smith is a 10-year veteran who played with Cincinnati last season. Smith will replace rookie Jack Tabb, who appeared to suffer a leg injury at Thursday's practice. Tabb was waived/injured. (CBS Sports)

Video: 2015 UNC Football - Showtime!

Fewer than four weeks remain until the Tar Heels open the 2015 football season against South Carolina under the Thursday night lights in Charlotte, NC. Get pumped with another great motivational video from the UNC football video crew. View Video...

Brian Chacos Interview Part 3 - The 2015 season

Brian Chacos: The unit I’m looking forward to (seeing) is the offense line. Obviously, having played offensive line, that is the group that I watch the most. The offensive line didn’t have the best year last year. We had some struggles, some injures, and some different people rotate in and out. I think this unit has really grown. Coach Kapilovic is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country. (Carolina Blue)

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)

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
Miami0
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
Notre Dame0
at Syracuse0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
Virginia0
at Duke0
SAT, OCT 1 12:30 PM ET
Buffalo0
at Boston College0
SAT, OCT 1 1:00 PM ET
North Carolina0
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
Wake Forest0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
Marshall0
at Pittsburgh0
SAT, OCT 1 7:30 PM ET
Louisville0
at Clemson0
SAT, OCT 1 8:00 PM ET
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
Virginia0-01-3
Duke0-12-2
Pittsburgh0-12-2

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Louisville2-04-0
(5) Clemson1-04-0
(38) Wake Forest1-04-0
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-13-1
Syracuse0-12-2
Boston College0-22-2

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