Tar Heels keeping Tabb-s on tight endJack Tabb can put all his concentration into playing tight end for North Carolina’s football team again. The Tar Heels need him to fill that role after the departure of Eric Ebron to the NFL. But for Tabb, a senior who also dabbled on the defensive side for the Tar Heels, there’s a void without Ebron’s energetic presence during preseason practices. (Burlington Times News)
Julius Peppers growing into role with PackersThe schemes Dom Capers has planned for Julius Peppers won’t be on display, but Packers fans will get their longest look of the preseason at Peppers when the Packers host the Raiders on Friday night. “He’s just getting comfortable,” Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss said of Peppers, who stole the show in at least one of the Packers practices this week. “He’s working hard. It’s important to him.” (Green Bay Packers)
More to life than football for Caleb PressleyThree years ago, on his first day of class at UNC, a dream burned inside of Caleb Pressley. Growing up in Asheville, Pressley wanted to be a starting college quarterback. He chased that dream for as long as he could — three years as a backup quarterback for the UNC football team. Zero starts. But Tuesday, Pressley rolls up to the Pit on his last first day of class as a different person. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC safeties look to improve defenseAs the UNC football team walked off the field following Thursday’s practice, safeties Tim Scott and Dominique Green remained side by side as they approached the sideline. The two close friends who anchor the defensive backfield for the Tar Heels strongly contrast in their styles of play. But it’s that difference and their close relationship that make them complementary. (Daily Tar Heel)
Trubisky, Williams fight it out for UNC's starting quarterback spotIt wasn't supposed to be this way. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky committed to North Carolina as a four-star recruit out of Ohio in 2012. At that time, Bryn Renner was in his first full season as UNC's starting quarterback and was set to graduate after the 2013 season. Trubisky was expected to slide right into the starting job after taking a redshirt season. Then Marquise Williams messed everything up. (FOX Sports)
Thursday Larry Fedora Post-Practice QuotesHas the team been introduced to Liberty? Larry Fedora: “Oh yeah, definitely. We have had two good days of Liberty and I’d say probably about 75 percent of the game plan is at least introduced at this point.” Do you feel like you have accomplished what you wanted to up until this point? “Yeah, I mean you have to. You would love to have more time, but you don’t." (Carolina Blue)
Liberty Prep UnderwayNow that training camp has concluded and the fall semester has begun, North Carolina has turned its attention to the season opener against Liberty on Aug. 30. After taking Tuesday off due to the start of classes, UNC returned on Wednesday with an enhanced roster – 120 players strong – and a focus on the FCS-level Flames. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Larry Fedora Thursday Post-Practice InterviewNorth Carolina coach Larry Fedora talks with the media about preparing for Liberty, Norkeithus Otis being the ideal fit for the Bandit position, and Ryan Switzer's growth as a receiver.
Chase Rice just chasing his dreamChase Rice's story is a real-life "Forrest Gump" script. Rice is a successful country music singer. He has a song on the radio. Rice also co-wrote one of the most successful commercial country music songs of all time, played major college football, almost won the TV reality show "Survivor" and tossed aside a potential career in NASCAR because his heart was in Nashville. He is 27 years old. (ESPN.com)
Thursday UNC Football Practice NotesWearing red jerseys and not practicing: Fr OT Shchuyler Coleman, DE Junior Gnonkonde, RB Charles Brunson, So. WR Dalton Stogner, OL Arian Smith, two players didn't have numbers on, but one appeared to be Caleb Peterson. Malik Simmons was in full pads and with the first team. Marquise Williams was with the 1s at QB at the outset when 1s went against the reserves. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: UNC Football - Smart. Fast. Physical. Episode 2Inside access to training camp with the Tar Heels. Episode 2 features returning All-American Ryan Switzer, Quarterback Coach Keith Heckendorf, practice highlights and more.
Video: UNC Football Position Breakdown - Running BacksUNC running backs coach Larry Porter details the members of his squad and goes in-depth about the players he thinks will make a difference this fall.
2014 UNC Season Preview: LinebackersAmong UNC's two central linebackers, junior Jeff Schoettmer and senior Travis Hughes are positioned to be the starters and impact players across the defense. Linebacker coach Ron West has particularly singled out Hughes as being exceptionally sharp in scrimmages and training camp. At the bandit spot senior Norkeithus Otis appears to be penciled in as the starter. (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC's inexperienced O-line must come together in a hurryUNC is looking good at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, but there are plenty of issues where it matters most -- in the trenches, along the offensive line. The Tar Heels' O-line had an up-and-down campaign last season, struggling early on and then getting sharper as the schedule eased up. Now, this year's group will be down two O-linemen -- left tackle James Hurst (49 career starts) and center Russell Bodine. (Fox Sports Carolinas)
Video: Coaching with Caleb Pressley - Episode 1, Larry FedoraFormer UNC quarterback Caleb Pressley catches up with head coach Larry Fedora in the first episode of Coaching with Caleb Pressley.
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