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NY Jets' 2012 No. 1 pick Quinton Coples finally having a breakthrough at linebacker

Quinton Coples hears and reads the criticism without losing sight of what matters most in his life. He is a physical force, a large human, but his goals stretch far beyond the confines of the game he was blessed to play. “I want to be great,” Coples told the Daily News in a quiet moment. “I want to have a positive legacy. I want people to be inspired by me." (New York Daily News)

Quinshad Davis prepares to prove himself against Clemson

Quinshad Davis is no stranger to the doubters in his home state who tell him he should have stayed put and chosen to play football at South Carolina or Clemson. After all, both offered the Gaffney, S.C. native and now junior wide receiver on the UNC football team. Tonight, when the Tar Heels travel to Death Valley to take on Clemson, Davis will have to prove why that’s the case. (Daily Tar Heel)

Five questions to ponder before kickoff

How many yards and points will North Carolina give up this week? The Tar Heels’ task doesn’t get any easier after being torched for 789 yards and 70 points last week at East Carolina. The good news for coach Larry Fedora and his team is that pretty much anything they do against Clemson at Death Valley today will be an improvement. (Wilmington Star News)

Video: Flashback - UNC 21, Clemson 16; October 9, 2010

A look back at UNC's most recent victory over Clemson. UNC running back Johnny white ran for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 21-10 win over the Tigers at Kenan Stadium on October 9th, 2010. View Video...

Tigers, Tar Heels expect to bring the offense

While Clemson looks to have the best defensive unit UNC will have faced so far when the teams play Saturday, the Tigers also have an advantage many other teams do not possess. The Tar Heels desire to run as many plays as possible mirrors Clemson’s up-tempo approach, allowing the Tigers’ defense a lot of previous work against such an attack. (Gaston Gazette)

ACC viewer's guide: Week 5

UNC at Clemson, 7 pm, ESPNU: The Tigers might be getting the perfect medicine following a heartbreaking overtime defeat at Florida State. They have a talented offense, led by Deshaun Watson, who will be making his first career start. The Tar Heels have given little indication through three games they are ready for the challenge that awaits them in Death Valley. (ESPN.com)

Ravens tackle James Hurst has excelled when pressed into duty

At every stop in his young football career, undrafted rookie James Hurst hasn't had much time to settle in before being thrust into a starting role. In both high school and college, it turned out he was ready the moment he walked onto the field, and the Ravens are hoping the same proves true on Sunday when he starts in place of left tackle Eugene Monroe, who underwent knee surgery on Wednesday. (Baltimore Sun)

Who Is James Hurst?

When the Ravens take on the Carolina Panthers Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, undrafted rookie James Hurst is expected to get the start at left tackle in place of the injured Eugene Monroe. The fact that Hurst is slated to make his first NFL start is surprising to many considering he went undrafted five months ago and was one of the most unexpected players to end up on the 53-man roster. (Baltimore Ravens)

Chase Rice On NFL Dreams And NASCAR Victories With Jimmie Johnson

Among those voracious gridiron faithful includes country star Chase Rice, who was on the verge of being an NFL player after making a name for himself as a standout linebacker for the North Carolina Tar Heels between the years 2005-2008. “I played under Butch Davis, John Bunting and Chuck Pagano, who’s now the head coach of the (Indianapolis) Colts, so I still stay in touch with all those guys,” Rice explained during an exclusive interview with Radio.com. (CBS Pittsburgh)

Preview & Prediction: UNC at Clemson

A win against Clemson wasn't something people expected to start the season, and while moral victories are generally worthless, UNC showing signs of turning the caliber of play around would be nice. Larry Fedora's teams have shown great resiliency such as bouncing back from a 1-5 start last season. This game is an opportunity to show some of that now. Prediction: Clemson 43 UNC 21 (Tar Heel Blog)

Q&A with UNC and Clemson Insiders

Defensive end #3 Vic Beasley is a name Tar Heel fans will know by the end of the game Saturday. The Heels won't have an answer to block Beasley Saturday. It will be a challenge to keep him out of the backfield. (Carolina Blue)

Breakin’ It Down: Clemson

North Carolina will travel to Death Valley Saturday looking for their first win on the road at Clemson since 2001. Clemson leads the all-time series 35-19-1, and drubbed UNC 59-38 in the last meeting in 2011. Clemson can ill afford another conference loss, while UNC is in need of a quick turnaround after a demoralizing defeat last weekend. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC prepped for a tangle with the Tigers

Following the loss at ECU, it appeared the most glaring UNC deficiency was on the defensive side of the ball. After all, it’s hard to ignore 789 yards and 70 points. But repairing the defense ahead of Saturday’s date with Clemson wasn’t coach Larry Fedora’s immediate concern. Instead, he began to intensely study the Tigers’ defense, and with good reason. (Carolina Blue)

Lots to fix for Clemson, but Tar Heel morale ‘high’

UNC’s 70-41 loss to East Carolina last Saturday, in which the Pirates set records for points, yards (789) and first downs (39) by a Tar Heel opponent, had many people wondering the last time they had seen such defensive futility. Now the question is how the Tar Heels (2-1) will recover heading into their ACC opener Saturday at Clemson (7:02 p.m., ESPNU) (Durham Herald-Sun)

Defensive debacle doesn't have to sink UNC

Are the Tar Heels still legitimate contenders for the Coastal Division? It’s tougher to make that case today, but we’ll certainly know a lot more after Saturday’s game at Clemson. But regardless, a bowl game and a decent season are certainly within reach as long as the memory of ECU doesn’t linger too long. (ESPN.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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