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LB Andre Smith Calling UNC's Defensive Shots

Andre Smith’s ascension to UNC’s starting middle linebacker role has been 20 months in the making. Logic might suggest there is reason for concern at the center of Gene Chizik’s second defensive unit in Chapel Hill. Gone is veteran signal caller Jeff Schoettmer. His replacement is a true sophomore, although Smith dismisses the youth tag. (Inside Carolina)

USA Today college football 2016 ACC preview

Games of the year: North Carolina vs. Georgia (in Atlanta), Sept. 3. UNC will still have its doubters, though any pundits sitting on the fence will jump on the bandwagon should the Tar Heels pull off the upset in Georgia’s backyard. Top newcomers: UNC DB Myles Dorn. An already impressive defensive backfield adds another talented piece in the four-star prospect. (USA Today)

Andre Smith to lead, answer questions for UNC at linebacker

With former UNC linebackers Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schoettmer now competing for NFL roster spots, the attention turns to a new group of Tar Heel linebackers. While questions remain until the players can prove what they can do, the unit is confident in stepping in and taking over. One name to watch is sophomore middle linebacker Andre Smith. (Carolina Blue)

College Football's 2016 All-Name Team: The most interesting names on campus

It’s time to finally unveil the list we’ve all been waiting for: College football’s 2016 All-Name Team. Here are the most apt, creative and wackiest FBS player names we will cherish all fall: Jay Jay McCargo, OL, UNC; Edgar Allen Poe, WR, Army; Lion King, DL, Eastern Michigan; Dee Liner, DL, Arkansas State; Chris Blewitt, K, Pitt. (Athlon Sports)

ICTV: M.J. Stewart Interview

The 2015 All-ACC second team member (ACSMA) and All-ACC honorable mention (Coaches) M.J. Stewart finished last season with 18 passes defended, 14 pass breakups, 62 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, and four interception. The Arlington, Virginia native shared his thoughts with Inside Carolina. (Inside Carolina)

Mitch Trubisky ready to lead North Carolina

Mitch Trubisky has waited three years for this opportunity. He sat and watched starting quarterback Marquise Williams rack up records, but now the redshirt junior finally gets a chance to lead the Tar Heels. "I’m excited. I'm trying to lead the troops and it starts with day one. Show the guys that I am the number one guy and can lead," Trubisky said at preseason camp. (Carolina Blue)

Zach Brown the next man up for Buffalo Bills

It's easy to forget that Zach Brown was penciled in as a starter when the Buffalo Bills signed him in April. That's until Reggie Ragland took an eraser to Brown's name on the depth chart. All of that may have changed, however, when Ragland suffered a non-contact knee injury during practice Friday. That could put Brown right back into a starting job. (Buffalo News)

Buffalo Bills waive injured Kevin Reddick

Kevin Reddick is out of action with a knee injury which led the Bills to put him on waivers with the injured designation. Reddick would revert to injured reserve if he goes unclaimed and can eventually reach an injury settlement to become a free agent once he’s ready to play. Reddick played five games for the Bills last season. He’s also spent time with the Panthers, Chargers and Saints. (NBC Sports)

Greg Little working to be an answer at WR for Bills

On the eve of training camp, there wasn’t much buzz surrounding journeyman receiver Greg Little and while he is far from a sure thing to secure the No. 3 on the depth chart, he has opened some eyes during this first week at St. John Fisher. Listed at 6-2 and 220 pounds, Little casts an imposing physical presence on the field. (Buffalo Bills)

UNC Football's Aussie Addition: Tom Sheldon

UNC’s summertime secret – the recruitment of Australian rules football player Tom Sheldon – was finally revealed when training camp opened on Friday. There have been whispers of a strong-legged lefty from Down Under, although the mentions lacked other details. Larry Fedora often prefers to keep items hidden from the public, and in this case, he succeeded. (Inside Carolina)

Extra Points: Perfection

It was just after noon when practice number two of the Tar Heels’ August camp ended and the offense spread out the width of the field to run three across-and-back conditioning sprints, and then senior receiver Mack Hollins was called in front of the group to put the cherry on top: Two perfect jumping jacks. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels build bonds within team

Coming off an 11-win season with many of the key components in tow and a likely preseason national ranking, there’s no shortage of potential for North Carolina’s football team. Not so fast, coach Larry Fedora said Saturday. “We have to figure out what makes this team work,” he said. “I think we have some of the pieces of the puzzle.” (Burlington Times News)

Disappointing end to 2015 fuels UNC’s motivation

North Carolina started fall football practice Friday and the Tar Heels look forward to putting the end of last season behind them. The Heels tied a school record with 11 wins in 2015 but dropped their final two games. Baylor piled up more than 600 rushing yards on UNC in the Bears’ 49-38 win in the Russell Athletic Bowl. (WNCN)

Depth of knowledge will improve Tar Heel defense in Chizik's second year

Gene Chizik helped North Carolina significantly improve its defense in 2015 from where it was the year before in his first season as the team's defensive coordinator. Now the Tar Heels hope to build on that in year two. “It’s all about getting better, regardless,” senior defensive lineman Nazair Jones said. “Coach always says that; either you get better, or you get worse.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Elijah Hood on being a leader

Preseason camp started this week and that means Carolina football is back in action. Elijah Hood and the Tar Heels are looking to build on what was a stellar 2015 season and Hood says it all starts with some internal motivation. "Everyone is trying to do a little bit more to push themselves to be a little bit better," Hood told reporters at the first day of practice Friday. (Carolina Blue)

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North Carolina: 34
Pittsburgh: 31
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(2) Miami6-09-0
Georgia Tech4-35-4
Virginia Tech3-37-3
North Carolina1-62-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson7-19-1
(25) NC State5-17-3
Wake Forest3-36-4
Boston College3-45-5
Florida State3-53-6

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