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Denver Broncos unsung heroes: DL Sylvester Williams

Most 1st round picks (especially starters) aren’t considered unsung heroes because of their obvious draft status. In a way, that’s what makes Williams’ story very unique. In a defense that has been beyond fantastic throughout this entire season, a starter and first round pick like Sylvester Williams is often overshadowed by his defensive counterparts. (Predominantly Orange)

UNC's trip to the 1949 Sugar Bowl

The 2015 Tar Heels season ended disappointingly Tuesday evening at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game marked Carolina’s 32nd bowl appearance....Of the 31 previous bowl games, the Tar Heels won 14 and lost 17—and of those losses, the one on January 1, 1949 was “one that got away.” Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard looks back at the final three games of the 1948 regular season and the 1949 Sugar Bowl. (A View to Hugh)

Art’s Angle: Not Up To Speed

Gene Chizik has some work to do with that defense, which looked a step slow in the secondary and weaker along the interior lines. He could have loaded the box with nine players, daring Baylor to pass, and still not stopped its running game. (Chapelboro.com)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Baylor

It's hard to maintain perspective sometimes when things don't end well, and 11-3 with two losses to football powers on the national stage. It also shows how far UNC has to go to play with the perennial big boys. And yet there was so much special about this season, from the 11-game winning streak to the sweep of in-state rivals to 8-0 in the ACC. (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina football team made strides, but still have work to do after bowl loss to Baylor

North Carolina made some significant strides as a football program in 2015 as evidenced by its 11 victories and Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division title. But in the final two games of the year, the Tar Heels discovered they still have plenty of work to do before joining college football's elite, especially on defense. (Fayetteville Observer)

Heels’ Military Connections Hit Home In Holidays

Just over 12 hours after busses returned to Kenan Football Center the third weekend of November after a trip to Blacksburg, Va., where the Tar Heels clinched their first ACC Coastal Division title, team chaplain Mitch Mason and a handful of players were on the fifth floor stuffing shoe boxes with Christmas gifts to be shipped around the world. (UNC Lettermen)

49ers' Shaun Draughn Placed on injured reserve

Shaun Draughn was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, the 49ers report. Draughn filled in admirably following the losses of Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush for the season, racking up 76 carries for 263 yards, 25 catches for 175 yards, and one rushing touchdown over six games. However, Draughn sustained a season-ending MCL sprain and will miss the final two games of the season. (CBS Sports)

Extra Points: Regroup

Between Carolina’s loss to Clemson in the ACC title game and its 49-38 loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Tar Heels found opponents against whom they match up reasonably well at the skill positions and in the backfield but along the front lines remain a combination of too young, too lacking in numbers, too lacking in size and too short on twitch. (GoHeels.com)

Russell Athletic Bowl: Briles, Baylor committed to run game in way nobody could have imagined

Give Art Briles a few weeks to come up with something, and, well, he'll come up with something. Against North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Baylor committed to the run in a way that nobody (especially UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik) could have imagined. Everybody but big LaQuan McGowan took a snap behind center, it seemed, and five players combined to rush 82 times for 651 yards. (SB Nation)

Fedora: "They set a new standard"

Tuesday's loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl ended a great UNC season where the Heels went 11-3 and won the ACC Coastal Division. It was an amazing turn around from a 2014's 6-7 season where the team was fractured, inconsistent, and loss on defense. "We had a lot of positive things happen with this football team this year," head coach Larry Fedora said in the press conference after the loss. (Carolina Blue)

No. 10 Tar Heels aim to keep building on 11-win season

UNC ended the season with a loss in the ACC championship game followed by another setback against Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Still, the 10th-ranked Tar Heels can savor their best season in roughly two decades. UNC (11-3) matched a program record for wins, won the ACC Coastal Division, and swept instate league opponents by double-digit margins. (Yahoo! Sports)

Marquise Williams: "I am too blessed to be stressed"

After the loss to Baylor, Marquise Williams commented on the season and looked to UNC's future as a football program. "I am always going to be positive," he said. "I am always going to smile because I am blessed. I have an opportunity to play with one of the best teams. My teammates and my brothers...I am too blessed to be stressed." (Carolina Blue)

Video: Russell Athletic Bowl Game Ball Parachute Jump

First-person video from the SOCOM Paracommandos as they parachute the Russell Athletic Bowl game ball into the Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium prior to UNC's game against Baylor. View Video...

Nothing but respect from Heels for Baylor run attack

Baylor came into this one playing its third string quarterback. The team's best wide receiver was injured. So Art Briles decided to snap the ball to 5 different guys and just run the ball. They did that with great success, rushing for more yards than any other team has ever done in a bowl game. Count Larry Fedora, an offense guy, among the impressed. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: Larry Fedora Post-Baylor Press Conference

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora and quarterback Marquise Williams speak with media following UNC's 49-38 loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl. View Video...

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