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Turner's Take: The Charlotte Connection

Twenty-two current Tar Heels hail from Charlotte or the surrounding area. It wouldn’t be all that surprising to see full plays involving nearly all Charlotte players on Thursday night. Marquise Williams (Mallard Creek) could take the snap, fake a hand-off to Elijah Hood (Charlotte Catholic), get a block from left tackle Bentley Spain (Providence) and whip a pass to Austin Proehl (Providence). (GoHeels.com)

Mikey Bart discusses his role, defensive changes

CarolinaBlue caught up with UNC starting junior defensive end Mikey Bart after a recent Tar Heel practice. A Georgia native, Bart is 6-foot-3 and 270-pounds. He moved from the bandit position to power end in 2015. As a sophomore Bart appeared in all 13 games and finished with 12 tackles (nine solo) and one sack. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Ryan Switzer Makes Mollie's Day

North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer takes a special fan and her family on a tour of the Kenan Football Center. View Video...

Lucas: A Bond Beyond Football

Jason Wade is the very rare father who doesn’t seem to mind that his three-year-old daughter has a boyfriend. Of course, it helps that Mollie Jean Wade’s boyfriend is Ryan Switzer. That’s what the youngster laughingly calls Switzer, who has developed a deep friendship with the Wade family over the past 12 months. The Tar Heel receiver first met them through the power of social media. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Eager for Challenge Presented by Spurrier’s Gamecocks

Two years ago the UNC football team opened its season with a disappointing 27-10 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia. On Thursday, the Tar Heels will get a chance at revenge when they collide with legendary Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. (Chapelboro.com)

For Gamecocks’ defense, opener offers an immediate chance at redemption

On paper, it looks like a terrible matchup. Abu Lamin sees it as something else entirely. “This is an opportunity to make everybody know that South Carolina is ready to play,” the Gamecocks’ junior defensive tackle said of Thursday’s season opener against North Carolina in Charlotte. “This is a different team. We’re ready to show the world this is not the same Carolina.” (Charleston Post and Courier)

UNC vs South Carolina: Six team storylines

We are just a day away until the Carolinas clash in a Queen City border battle. Both teams are coming off lackluster seasons where defensive struggles constantly held them back. The two squads go into Thursday night’s duel with a multitude of unknowns. Let’s take a look at a few storylines that could define each team’s 2015 campaign. (Carolina Blue)

Renewed UNC defense prepares for debut against South Carolina

Now a redshirt senior, Jeff Schoettmer knows when UNC opens its season against South Carolina on Thursday, the underclassmen on the Tar Heels’ defense will look to him for the same encouragement he once sought. “I’m the older guy, and I’ve got to help the younger guys around me,” he said. “That’s going to be my job. It’s kind of funny how my role has reversed in two years.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Defense bears watching, but consistent offense key to UNC’s chance in opener

After a change of defensive scheme and the hiring of a high-profile new coordinator, not even those associated with UNC know exactly what to expect for the first time out. “We’ve been running this new defense against our offense and we’re excited to go out, play it against somebody else and see how we’re doing,” senior linebacker Shakeel Rashad said. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC hurry-up is 'challenging'

There will be no easing back in to the college game for first-year South Carolina co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke. In his first game back at the college level since departing from Florida for 13 years as an NFL secondary coach, Hoke's defense will face what will likely prove to be one of its toughest tests of the season. (Orangeburg Times & Democrat)

ACC Football Preview: North Carolina

Offensively, QB Marquise Williams has taken a more active role in repairing the bad chemistry that existed among his teammates while gaining more flexibility in his movement after offseason hip surgery. He is surrounded by an abundance of weapons, including WRs Ryan Switzer, Quinshad Davis and Bug Howard, along with a full stable of RBs and a line that returns all five starters. (Wilmington Star News)

Kevin Reddick Claimed by Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills claimed LB Kevin Reddick, who joins the Bills after being released on August 30 by the Carolina Panthers. The 6-1, 240 pound North Carolina product originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013 with the New Orleans Saints. Reddick, who has spent time with the Saints, Panthers and San Diego Chargers, has played in 21 career games. (Buffalo Bills)

Video: UNC's Marquise Williams' Top 5 Plays in 2014

UNC's Marquise Williams had a stellar season for the Tar Heels in 2014. Let's look back on Williams' top 5 plays for North Carolina as he looks to lead the Heels greater success in 2015. View Video...

UNC hopes offseason defensive overhaul means better results

The Tar Heels are coming off a year in which they gave up more points and yards than any other team in school history. That means Thursday's opener against South Carolina in Charlotte will provide the first look at whether the Tar Heels have improved at all. "I think they've absorbed a lot," first-year defensive coordinator Gene Chizik said. (Associated Press)

ICTV: Time to Measure UNC's Defense

UNC's defense was the biggest topic of the offseason and training camp. On Thursday, UNC will get to see how its revamped defense measures up against outside competition. Senior middle linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said the Tar Heel defense plans to test South Carolina's new quarterback, Connor Mitch, and at the same time test the abilities of its own squad. (Inside Carolina)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 35
Virginia: 14
Sat, Oct 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Nov 5, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Thu, Nov 10, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. The Citadel
Sat, Nov 19, TBD Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Scoreboard
Virginia Tech0
at Pittsburgh0
THU, OCT 27 7:00 PM ET
at Virginia0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 29 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Notre Dame0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 29 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(21) North Carolina4-16-2
(25) Virginia Tech3-15-2
Georgia Tech1-34-3

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Clemson4-07-0
(5) Louisville4-16-1
(12) Florida State2-25-2
Wake Forest2-25-2
NC State1-24-3
Boston College0-43-4

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