Steelers defensive end Cam Thomas is finding success on the fieldIt didn't take Steelers defensive end Cam Thomas long to adjust to a scheme that demands he sacrifice numbers for results. “We're not thinking in terms of making plays but be the reason why others make plays,” Thomas said Monday. Thomas appears increasingly confident in the Steelers' 3-4 defense. He proved too much to handle for the Buffalo Bills in a 19-16 preseason win Saturday at Heinz Field. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
What Google 'autocomplete' reveals about ACC coachesBefore Larry Fedora's shirtless beach photo went viral during last month's ESPN carwash, Google predicted the usual searches for his salary and wife, but there were also folks still looking for his Belk Bowl "nae nae dance." Now those entries are gone and there are five searches related to his abs. One thing remains constant despite the web's obsession with his physique – his affinity for Red Bull. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Quotes and Notes from Camp: Offensive Line and QB CompetitionLandon Turner took snaps at center this morning, but don’t expect that to indicate a major shakeup on the offensive line. It’s a just-in-case precaution, a if-the-worst-should-happen contingency plan. “It’s good to be versatile as an offensive lineman and as far as my career, I’m an interior guy, so I need to be able to play guard and center,” Turner said. (Carolina Blue)
Extra Points: Lofty GoalsThere is much more to the Tar Heels' special teams story in 2014 than Ryan Switzer's ability to light up the scoreboard. T.J. Logan scored a pair of touchdowns on kickoff returns as a freshman, and he's honed his skills during spring and August training camp. Tommy Hibbard averaged 43 yards a punt, and the punt team was 10th in the country in net punting at 40.25. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Ultimate Giovani Bernard HighlightsAs UNC's newest group of running backs prepare for the 2014 season in hopes of creating their own legacy, we take a fond look back at the career highlights of the Tar Heels' most recent backfield legend, Giovani Bernard.
Confident Carolina Defense Raring To GoUNC defensive coordinator Vic Koenning will be looking to build off the momentum of his unit’s successes in the latter half of the 2013 campaign. Armed with more experience and confidence, the Tar Heels on the defensive side of the football are eager to make more noise this fall. Senior linebacker Travis Hughes figures to be a pivotal piece of the Carolina defensive puzzle in 2014. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC Football to hit the ground runningMarquise Williams became the first UNC quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards since Darian Durant in 2003 and became the first quarterback to lead UNC as a whole in rushing since Gayle Bomar did it in 1968. Now the running backs are ready to regain their throne. The running back core has added Elijah Hood into the mix, a freshman out of Charlotte and the 2013 AP North Carolina High School Player of the Year. (Daily Tar Heel)
NCAA Football Preview - North Carolina Tar HeelsNorth Carolina is loaded with talent and may be the top team in the Coastal Division when all is said and done. The schedule sets up nicely, with non-conference foes Liberty, San Diego State, East Carolina and Notre Dame on the docket, with the Oct. 11 showdown with the Irish in South Bend representing the toughest challenge. The Tar Heels avoid both Florida State and Louisville this season. (Athlon Sports)
Bengals sticking with Russell Bodine? They shouldIf the regular season were to begin this week, rookie Russell Bodine would be the Cincinnati Bengals' starting center. According to offensive line coach Paul Alexander, there's no ifs, buts or maybes about that. Alexander believes Bodine is the guy at the position. From what I've been able to tell after three weeks of training camp practices and two preseason games, he probably should be. (ESPN.com)
Video: Larry Fedora & Coaches Take ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeLarry Fedora and the rest of the full-time coaching staff completed the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge' and has nominated the 27 current Tar Heel alums in the NFL to complete the challenge as well.
Quinton Coples expects to keep job, have 'big year'Undaunted by a challenge from Jason Babin, Quinton Coples remains steadfast in his belief that he will have a breakout season for the New York Jets. "I think it's going to be a big year for me," the rush linebacker said Monday, channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Coples said he's not worried about Babin taking his starting job. That's cool, because Babin doesn't want it. (ESPN.com)
Coach Keith Heckendorf Discusses QBsNorth Carolina quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf shared his thoughts on the quarterback competition between Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky on Monday. How have Marquise and Mitch handled this competition and how have they progressed due to the competition? “The competition has been phenomenal. It may be the best thing that’s happened to our quarterback room." (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC Football Position Breakdown - Safeties & RamsVic Koenning goes in-depth on the Tar Heels' safeties and rams in this latest position breakdown.
Turner's Take: A Solid CorpsThe heart of the North Carolina defense is the linebacking corps. With senior bandit Norkeithus Otis redshirt junior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer and senior will linebacker Travis Hughes setting the tone, the Tar Heels are in very good hands. The linebacking corps has an experienced core plus young talent eager to make a difference on Saturdays. (GoHeels.com)
Younger Tar Heel defense looks to make quick impactJunior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer, along with senior bandit Norkeithus Otis and senior free safety Tim Scott, are looking to push a defense littered with underclassmen in the right direction. All three appeared and started in at least 10 of last year’s 13 games, Schoettmer second on the team with 85 tackles, Scott and Otis tied for seventh with 49. Scott has transitioned from a corner to a free safety. (Daily Tar Heel)
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