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Despite drop, Packers won’t hesitate to throw to Julius Peppers again

For years, coaches have been fascinated by the red zone potential of pass-rusher Julius Peppers, considering his size, athleticism and basketball background. The Packers were the latest to try it, and even though a potential touchdown pass clanked off his hands Sunday night, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he wouldn’t hesitate calling Peppers’ number again. (NBC Sports)

Wednesday Larry Fedora Quotes

UNC's defense has played better the last couple of weeks. Who are the key players there that are making some improvement for you? Larry Fedora: “Nazair Jones, he gets better every week. Tyler Powell is back healthy, helps us inside. You have Jeff Schoettmer. You have Norkeithus Otis. I would say our safeties are very instrumental for us stopping the run, of fitting where they need to fit.” (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora ACC Teleconference Notes

Larry Fedora opening statement: "We are getting ready for Miami. Miami is playing the best ball they have played all year. They have a lot of confidence, coming off that Thursday night win in Blacksburg. We got a lot of work to do and we got to get ready for them." (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels In The NFL – Week Eight

Buffalo Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy grabbed his first interception of the season Sunday when he dove to pick off an errant throw from New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick. The former Tar Heel also recorded three tackles in the team's blowout win. Giovani Bernard and the Cincinnati Bengals had a tough week last week when they got shut out on the road against the Indianapolis Colts. (GoHeels.com)

Larry Fedora Radio Show Quotes

Larry Fedora on the win over Virginia: “We were far from playing our best. We have yet to put together a complete game in all three phases. It’s discouraging and exciting at the same time because I know it’s going to happen, I just don’t know when. But we found a way to win, that’s probably the most important thing, is we did what it took to win. We made a few more plays than they did.” (Inside Carolina)

Carolina Rundown: October 29

ACC Basketball Media Day is today, so expect the usual assortment of polls and preseason picks. Danny Green had 13 points and four rebounds as the Spurs won. Brandan Wright had six points and five rebounds for Dallas. Ed Davis had 11 points for the Lakers. Miami is having a "greenout" on Saturday to support Jim Kelly, and the Hurricanes will be without its starting left tackle. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Tuesday Football Post-Practice Interviews

Marquise Williams and Ryan Switzer discuss how to overcome a fast Miami defense, starting out strong and the punt return game after practice on October 28, 2014. View Video...

Opponent Preview: Miami

Miami has the 15th best defense in the country in terms of yards per game, allowing only 319 yards per game. The defense has also forced 17 turnovers this season, 10 fumbles and 7 interceptions. The Miami defense is excellent against the pass, holding opponents to 171.6 yards per game and 5.6 yards per attempt, both are the 10th best marks in the country. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Playing Underdog Role Against Miami

Much like UNC, this 2014 Miami team has had an inconsistent season thus far. The Hurricanes are 5-3 (2-2 ACC) and are averaging 37.8 points per game in those five victories. In those three losses, however, fifth-year head coach Al Golden’s squad has been handled by the likes of Louisville (31-13), Nebraska (41-31) and Georgia Tech (28-17). (Inside Carolina)

ACC Upset Watch: Week 10

North Carolina (4-4, 2-2) at Miami (5-3, 2-2), 12:30 p.m. Line: Miami by 17. The line in this game seems a bit high considering the Tar Heels are on a roll after two straight wins. There is no doubt Miami presents many more challenges to a struggling UNC defense -- both from Duke Johnson and its speedy receivers. But the UNC offense presents more challenges than Virginia Tech did (ESPN.com)

Mack Hollins, Team Confidence Soaring for Tar Heels

There’s a much more positive atmosphere surrounding the Tar Heel football program following back-to-back ACC victories. UNC head coach Larry Fedora says the belief is sky-high for his 4-4 Tar Heels. Coach Fedora was asked Monday what he points to as the key to UNC’s turnaround the past few weeks. His answer? Greater team unity. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina Rundown: October 28

Mack Hollins is the ACC Receiver of the Week. Multiple Tar Heels are in action tonight in the NBA season openers. Danny Green and the Spurs host Dallas (Brandan Wright plus an injured Raymond Felton) at 8 p.m. on TNT, and Ed Davis and Wayne Ellington are on TNT at 10:30 against Houston. (GoHeels.com)

UNC confident as it faces the No. 10 running back in the nation

North Carolina fears The Duke. And it should. This isn’t the Duke that answers to a Blue Devil and can’t travel eight miles through the snow. In fact, this Duke has run for almost three-fifths of a mile on the gridiron this season. This is Duke Johnson, Miami’s third-year, tier-one tailback and the haunter of the Tar Heel defense’s dreams. (Daily Tar Heel)

Cleveland Browns claim tight end Ryan Taylor

The Cleveland Browns were awarded tight end Ryan Taylor via waivers. Taylor (6-3, 254 pounds), originally a seventh-round draft pick by Green Bay, is in his fourth season out of North Carolina. In the NFL, he's appeared in 50 games with two starts, catching eight passes for 45 yards with one touchdown. He also made 25 special-teams tackles. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

UNC Report Card: Virginia

The Tar Heels surprised many people with a comeback victory against Virginia this weekend. The game turned when defensive end Nazair Jones intercepted a Greyson Lambert pass which set up a UNC touchdown pass by Mitch Trubisky of all people. Larry Fedora then dialed up a surprise onside kick letting UNC hold on for a surprising one point victory. On to the Grades: (Tar Heel Blog)

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, 5:30 ET ESPN

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN

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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