Eric Ebron Hopes to Be More Than Just an Ordinary NFL Tight EndBeing more than ordinary sums up Eric Ebron, who broke North Carolina tight end receiving records in his junior season with 62 catches and 973 receiving yards. If those sound more like receiver numbers than tight end numbers, that's because Ebron was far more like a receiver in head coach Larry Fedora's offense than a traditional (read: ordinary) tight end. (Bleacher Report)
UNC Announces Spring Football EventsWith North Carolina's Blue Dawn winter workouts in the rear view mirror, the Tar Heels are set to start spring football practice on Wednesday, March 5. The Tar Heels will conduct 15 spring practices, including open scrimmages in Charlotte (March 28) and Greensboro (April 4) and the annual Spring Game at Kenan Stadium on April 12. (GoHeels.com)
Sticking with Tar Heels paid NFL dividends for Eric EbronEric Ebron’s mother, Gina Jackson, will occasionally ask her son if he has a preference of where he plays professionally. The former North Carolina tight end is a lock for the first round, and he will likely be the first tight end taken in May’s draft. Mock drafts have him going ninth to the Bills, or 12th to the Giants or 17th to the Ravens. (Charlotte Observer)
Video: Blue Dawn Day 8The UNC football team completes the final day of their early-morning Blue Dawn workouts as they prepare for spring practice which begins on Wednesday, March 5th.
Carolina Recognizes Tar Heel TrailblazersIn recognition of Black History Month, UNC honored four African-American pioneers - Courtney Bumpers, Robyn Hadley, Ricky Lanier and Charles Scott - as its inaugural Tar Heel Trailblazers, the first in an ongoing program to celebrate those who have shaped Carolina athletics. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Sights & Sounds on Last Day of Blue DawnUNC Co-Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers coach Gunter Brewer is mic'd up for the last day of Blue Dawn, and the managers and assistants get in on the tire-tug-of-war.
Video: Blue Dawn Day 7The Tar Heel football team continues their competitive pre-dawn winter workouts in preparation for spring practice and the 2014 football season.
Eric Ebron Among Top NFL Combine Standouts9) Eric Ebron, Tight end, North Carolina: Ebron ran well (4.6 40) and did a good job catching the ball. There is still some question about his sturdiness as a blocker, as he looked to be on the thin side; that said, he also looked like he could put on another 20 pounds or so with ease. He might not have boosted his stock much, but he definitely cemented his place as a likely first-round pick. (NFL.com)
Top 10 ACC Offensive Linemen of the BCS Era5. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (2009-12): The massive Tar Heels blocker was a three-time All-ACC performer and an Outland Trophy finalist in 2012. The unanimous All-American won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the league’s top lineman and eventually was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. He paved the way for the ACC’s top running back (Gio Bernard). (Athlon Sports)
ACC Football Spring Practice and Game DatesGoodbye, February -- and good riddance. March means spring football, and Miami and Virginia both begin on Saturday -- the same day Duke ends with its annual spring game. It's finally time to see what the 2014 rosters actually look like throughout the ACC. Here's a quick rundown of the start dates and spring games for each school: North Carolina spring start: March 5, Spring game: April 12 (ESPN.com)
Blue Dawn Is OnWelcome to Blue Dawn, the Tar Heels' two-week bridge between a winter of strength training for the players and recruiting for the coaches and the onset of spring practice in March-eight days spread over two weeks, an hour at a time with taping beginning at 5:15 a.m. and first whistle at 6 on Navy Field. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Blue Dawn - Day 6The Tar Heel football team continues their early-morning competitive winter workouts as they prepare for Spring Practice and the 2014 season.
Jonathan Cooper still working his way back from leg injuryJonathan Cooper, the Arizona Cardinals' first-round draft pick out of North Carolina last April, suffered a broken leg in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers in August and was placed on injured reserve. Cooper has been on the road to recovery ever since. "The leg is coming along, it's pretty good, I can't complain," Cooper told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. (Arizona Sports)
ACC Football 2014 Spring Preview and StorylinesNorth Carolina: Replacements on the offensive line - If there’s a concern on offense, it’s a line that loses two standout players in left tackle James Hurst and center Russell Bodine. Guards Caleb Peterson and Landon Turner and tackle Jon Heck provide a solid foundation, but left tackle and center are arguably the two most-important positions on the line. (Athlon Sports)
Truth and Literacy at UNCOver the past month or so, I have watched with dismay as the local and national media have created a spectacular melodrama out of what should have been a brief and rational debate over verifiable claims. This melodrama has been particularly poignant for me because I am the current reading and writing specialist for student-athletes at UNC. (Coaching the Mind)
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