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UNC Freshmen Survive First Collegiate Test

Larry Fedora thought as many as 13 true freshmen could see the field in the season-opening loss to Georgia. Only six rookies actually played, although their experiences against the Bulldogs started the maturation process that will pay dividends. Some freshmen, like cornerback Patrice Rene, had no doubt that they would see a lot of action in the season opener. (Inside Carolina)

Opponent Film Preview - Illinois

The advantage goes to the Tar Heels. North Carolina is too experienced and explosive on offense for Illinois to slow down. UNC just needs to be able to slow down Illinois’ run game and veteran quarterback, and they should take care of business in Champaign. Final score: UNC 75, Illinois 70. Just kidding. UNC 38, Illinois 21. (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina vs. Illinois Game Preview & Prediction

Illinois will play well at home in the first half, using a balanced offense and pressure on D to keep this close and even take the lead going into the locker room. But UNC will adjust to take control of the game. Illinois will be forced to start throwing, and it won’t be able to do it effectively. North Carolina will pull away in the fourth, but it’ll be a battle. (College Football News)

Explosive RPOs key to UNC offense's success

One thing Mitch Trubisky did well in his first start was making all the right reads in the Tar Heels’ run-pass option plays, or RPOs, which factor heavily into UNC’s offense. Quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf describes RPOs as two-for-one plays. They’re running plays by design, but UNC has passing options tied in to exploit what the defense tries to do. (Daily Tar Heel)

T.J. Logan aims to make an impact each time he has the ball

T.J. Logan doesn’t worry about how many touches he gets. He just makes sure each one counts. The senior running back saw his workload decrease last season with the emergence of Elijah Hood, but he has remained upbeat and ready when his number is called. “No matter how many touches I get, I’m just gonna try to make you remember one touch.” (Daily Tar Heel)

ICTV Film Room: Run Defense Success & Failure

One of the keys to the success of the North Carolina football team is the success of the Tar Heel defense against the run. Against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff, the UNC defense gave up 289 yards on 52 attempts, the longest a 55-yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb to seal the victory. The difference between success and failure is often small. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels tackling not sticking

Based on the way he sounded Wednesday during the ACC’s weekly football teleconference, UNC coach Larry Fedora must have steamed as he watched the film of his team’s 33-24 loss to Georgia last week. “Seventeen missed tackles,” Fedora snarled, letting it be known that he counted every one as he watched Georgia run for 289 yards against his defense. (Decatur Herald & Review)

Chase Rice Keeps His Competitive Spirit Alive in His Career

Making it big in the music industry takes powerful determination and the gumption to persevere no matter what setbacks get in the way. Chase Rice embodied the thriving mentality a musician needs in order to make his career a reality. But learning the ways of that type of life skill came to Rice in an alternative manner than some may believe. (Sounds Like Nashville)

Larry Fedora Wednesday Post-Practice Quotes

Larry Fedora on North Carolina players showing leadership in the midst of adversity: "I love the attitude of the leaders and what they've been preaching to these guys and what they've been saying to the guys. It hasn't just been coming from the coaches, it's coming from them. Just like today, Des Lawrence was a beast out there today on everybody." (Carolina Blue)

Coaching turnover leads to many new offensive looks in ACC

The ACC is showing a lot of new offensive looks. The changes start with the four teams that hired new coaching staffs. Boston College, NC State and Pittsburgh hired new offensive coordinators, while Louisville added a co-coordinator behind play-calling head coach Bobby Petrino. Finally, rivals Duke and UNC promoted coordinators. (Associated Press)

Illinois Defensive Line Draws UNC Praise

Lovie Smith’s first team in Champaign has plenty of holes across the roster, although the strength of the defense is up front. Senior defensive end Dawuane Smoot ranked seventh in the Big Ten last year in sacks (8) and fifth in tackles for loss (15), while senior defensive tackles Rob Bain and Jarrod “Chunky” Clements have combined for 31 career starts. (Inside Carolina)

Kirby Smart: 'It made me sick when I watched tape and realized how lucky we were'

Kirby Smart’s Georgia tenure began with a second-half comeback win over a top-25 North Carolina team. But Smart’s a coach, and a Saban disciple, and that means you don’t sugarcoat things. “We really did not play well in a lot of areas,” Smart said Tuesday. "It really made me sick when I watched the tape to realize how lucky we were to win." (CoachingSearch.com)

R.J. Prince Likely to Start at RG vs. Illinois

UNC junior R.J. Prince has been working with the first team at right guard this week and is expected to start against Illinois on Saturday. Starting right guard Tommy Hatton is currently not practicing with the team due to personal reasons. Offensive coordinator/OL coach Chris Kapilovic said that the redshirt freshman was “working through some things.” (Inside Carolina)

Cole Holcomb on his first start and the physicality UNC needs

UNC junior linebacker Cole Holcomb had a productive game on Saturday against Georgia. Nine tackles. One for a loss. He played the whole game --- a clear sign the Carolina staff completely trust him. The game was a big moment from Holcomb. National TV. Top 25 SEC opponent. And it was his first start as a Tar Heel and first game after earning a scholarship. (Carolina Blue)

Larry Fedora still can’t get a marquee win

The fifth year of North Carolina football under Larry Fedora has begun, and it already feels a lot like previous seasons. As we all know, UNC lost a close game in Atlanta to Georgia this past weekend in frustrating fashion. It was a winnable game. (Tar Heel Blog)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
Sat, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
Sat, Sep 1, TBD

UNC @ East Carolina
Sat, Sep 8, TBD

UNC vs. UCF
Sat, Sep 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
Pittsburgh3-55-7
Virginia3-56-7
Duke3-57-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Louisville4-48-5
Florida State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8


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