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No need to worry about Mitch Trubisky; he will be just fine

Whether it is fair or not, a lot of the blame after a loss gets put squarely on the quarterback’s shoulders. The Georgia game was no different. Mitch Trubisky obviously did not play as well as he and the Carolina faithful had hoped, but it is not time to jump ship or even question Trubisky. (Tar Heel Blog)

Four Downs With Panthers Safety Tre Boston

In my car, I don't listen to anything but Christian music. That's my moment to praise. In the world we play in and live in, there's not enough, I feel, God in our lives. You get to a locker room, you're not going to hear Christian music in the locker room. There's nothing wrong with that, but I feel it's my responsibility to get that in my heart some time during the day. (Charlotte Magazine)

History might not repeat for Tar Heels vs. Illini

The Illini have the talent to slow the Tar Heels’ rushing attack with defensive end Dawuane Smoot, who had eight sacks and 15 tackles for loss last season and tackle Chunky Clements, who added 11½ tackles for loss. Illinois also added graduate transfer linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr., a likely NFL draft pick and whose father, Hardy, was a five-time Pro Bowl player. (Greensboro News & Record)

Video: UNC Football - Favorite NFL Teams?

Which teams are the Tar Heels pulling for as the NFL season kicks off tonight? Taylor Vippolis talks with members of the North Carolina football team to find out. Read More...

UNC Football Season Ticket Sales Up

UNC’s record-setting football season last fall has fueled a 15 percent increase in season ticket sales to more than 31,000 for the 2016 home slate at Kenan Stadium. “We’ve sold about 4,000 more than we did last year, so we’re very encouraged by the momentum,” Rick Steinbacher, UNC's Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Communications, said. (Inside Carolina)

A look at the former Tar Heels trying to make it as rookies in the NFL

A total of six UNC alums tried their luck with the NFL during the 2016 NFL offseason: OG Landon Turner, LB Shakeel Rashad, WR Quinshad Davis, LB Jeff Schoettmer, QB Marquise Williams, and RB Romar Morris. Although none were drafted, they all earned the chance to compete for a roster spot on various teams. Here's how their offseasons went: (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina needs to focus on its ground game

UNC had 41 dropbacks for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, while the running backs got just 16 rushing attempts. And that was a problem, because Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan combined for 152 yards on those 16 attempts (9.5 yards per rush), while Trubisky averaged just 3.78 yards per dropback, the fourth-worst output by a Power 5 quarterback in Week 1. (ESPN.com)

Steve Spurrier reveals the one time he was suspended (against UNC) and secretly kept coaching

Steve Spurrier was suspended once in his 31-year coaching career. It didn't keep him from calling plays. To the knowledge of very few, Spurrier kept coaching during his one-game suspension in 1988, shuttling Duke University's golf club director back and forth to the coaches' box with suggestions on a piece of paper that helped beat rival North Carolina. (CBS Sports)

UNC Football Hopes to Rebound As Illinois Seeks Signature Win For Lovie Smith

Early last season when the UNC football team was searching for credibility, it orchestrated a 48-14 blowout of a reeling Illinois team which had just fired head coach Tim Beckman. Coming off a deflating loss to Georgia this past weekend, the Tar Heels again find themselves in a similar scenario. The Fighting Illini, however, will present an entirely new challenge. (Chapelboro.com)

Turner's Take: Quality Time

The time-of-possession figure is less important to spread, high-tempo teams like Carolina than it would be to a more deliberately-minded offense like, say, Georgia Tech – last year's Tar Heels won 11 games yet on average possessed the ball for nine fewer minutes than opponents – but it does keep the defense on the field and make them more likely wear down. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Freshmen Survive First Collegiate Test

Larry Fedora thought as many as 13 true freshmen could see the field in the season-opening loss to Georgia. Only six rookies actually played, although their experiences against the Bulldogs started the maturation process that will pay dividends. Some freshmen, like cornerback Patrice Rene, had no doubt that they would see a lot of action in the season opener. (Inside Carolina)

Opponent Film Preview - Illinois

The advantage goes to the Tar Heels. North Carolina is too experienced and explosive on offense for Illinois to slow down. UNC just needs to be able to slow down Illinois’ run game and veteran quarterback, and they should take care of business in Champaign. Final score: UNC 75, Illinois 70. Just kidding. UNC 38, Illinois 21. (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina vs. Illinois Game Preview & Prediction

Illinois will play well at home in the first half, using a balanced offense and pressure on D to keep this close and even take the lead going into the locker room. But UNC will adjust to take control of the game. Illinois will be forced to start throwing, and it won’t be able to do it effectively. North Carolina will pull away in the fourth, but it’ll be a battle. (College Football News)

Explosive RPOs key to UNC offense's success

One thing Mitch Trubisky did well in his first start was making all the right reads in the Tar Heels’ run-pass option plays, or RPOs, which factor heavily into UNC’s offense. Quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf describes RPOs as two-for-one plays. They’re running plays by design, but UNC has passing options tied in to exploit what the defense tries to do. (Daily Tar Heel)

T.J. Logan aims to make an impact each time he has the ball

T.J. Logan doesn’t worry about how many touches he gets. He just makes sure each one counts. The senior running back saw his workload decrease last season with the emergence of Elijah Hood, but he has remained upbeat and ready when his number is called. “No matter how many touches I get, I’m just gonna try to make you remember one touch.” (Daily Tar Heel)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
Sat, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
Sat, Sep 1, TBD

UNC @ East Carolina
Sat, Sep 8, TBD

Sat, Sep 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Florida State3-57-6

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