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UNC Football: Crunching The Offense

Looking back to last season, one of the curiously misunderstood things about the Tar Heels is that they were always explosive offensively, which wasn't exactly the case. They were explosive, but also inconsistent. In addition, there's a perception that Carolina passed the ball on first down a lot more than it ran the ball. Again, that wasn't exactly so. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC's Marquise Williams finally feeling healthy

A hip injury kept UNC quarterback Marquise Williams on the sideline throughout spring practice, but he’s back to full speed now and said the time away was just what he needed. “I haven’t felt this good since sophomore year in high school,” Williams said. Last season, Williams posted big numbers -- 34 total touchdowns, 3,873 yards of offense -- but was inconsistent because of nagging injuries. (ESPN.com)

New coordinator Gene Chizik keeps tabs on Tar Heels

As Gene Chizik works to rebuild North Carolina’s defense, it sounds as if he has become plenty connected to and invested in the job. Even while away from Chapel Hill on vacation. Senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said when Chizik took a family trip earlier this month, the first-year defensive coordinator called often to monitor the Tar Heels’ summer progress. (Burlington Times News)

Media Picks UNC to Finish Fifth in Coastal Division

Clemson is the preseason favorite to win the ACC football championship, according to a poll of 158 media members in attendance at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff at Pinehurst Resort. The Tigers were picked the likely overall champions on 84 ballots, followed by Florida State with 41 and Georgia Tech with 20. Virginia Tech (7 votes), North Carolina (3), Miami (2) and NC State (1) rounded out the balloting. (The ACC)

2015 Most Important Packers No. 10: Julius Peppers, OLB

After eight seasons with the Panthers and four with the Bears, Julius Peppers signed a three-year, $26 million deal in March – the kind of free-agent signing the Packers rarely make – that paid him a guaranteed $7.5 million signing bonus and $1 million base salary last season. While he wasn’t as dominant as he was in his prime, Peppers proved to be a worthy running mate for Clay Matthews. (ESPN.com)

UNC safety Sam Smiley leads improved defense

UNC's senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer called Smiley “the most improved player on the defense during spring'' on Monday during the ACC Football Kickoff. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Jacksonville, Florida was plagued his first two seasons with the Tar Heels by injuries. He returned to action last season to play in all 13 games and made 52 tackles. (Fayetteville Observer)

Seen and Heard at ACC Kickoff, Part I

North Carolina seniors Jeff Schoettmer and Marquise Williams met with the media on Monday to discuss the upcoming football season. Among the major topics of conversation were Gene Chizik, Williams’ improved intelligence of the game and a rejuvenation of sorts with the new defensive staff. (Carolina Blue)

Quarterback rivals have respect, even friendship

Their player of the year candidacy will ultimately depend on how well their teams perform. But Jacoby Brissett of N.C. State and North Carolina's Marquise Williams head into the season with the best all-around skills among the ACC quarterbacks. What's that you say? Better than Watson, Kaaya and Thomas - three guys on the preseason Davey O'Brien watch list? Well, yes. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC’s defense to tackle more, QB to run less

When this season gets going, if Marquise Williams is not UNC’s leading rusher, then it means things actually are headed in the right direction. “Take less hits. I ain’t about trying to be flashy no more,” Williams said. “Take some pressure off me. It’s not about me. It’s about Elijah Hood and all the rest of those guys. I’m just here to distribute the ball to those guys.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Can the Tar Heels put up a defense this season?

The 2014 UNC defense was historically bad. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik was hired by coach Larry Fedora as the Tar Heels’ defensive coordinator, charged with the task of fixing what was so obviously broken. Speaking Monday at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff, senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer was blunt about last year’s problems and this year’s hope that those issues can be resolved. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Mike Hughes Making Noise

North Carolina’s cornerbacks may be Larry Fedora’s deepest position group, but that hasn’t stopped true freshman Mike Hughes from making his presence felt during OTAs. Despite minimal national fanfare as a three-star recruit (No. 70 CB nationally) out of New Bern, N.C., Hughes was considered a prized pickup in UNC’s 2015 recruiting class. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Williams, Schoettmer Say UNC Is Loaded With Talent in 2015

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams is ready to use all of the weapons at his disposal during the 2015 season, saying that the unit surrounding him is "loaded" with firepower. Also, linebacker Jeff Schoettmer declares that he is expecting a much better season this year in Chapel Hill. View Video...

Now Healthy, Marquise Williams Polishing His Craft

Marquise Williams is finally healthy. The Charlotte, N.C. native had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip in February and was cleared to return to football last month. “I haven’t felt this good since my sophomore year in high school,” Williams said. Williams initially hurt his hip in UNC’s win at Pittsburgh in November 2013. The lingering effects of the injury led to some improper technique. (Inside Carolina)

Bulldog Bella joins UNC QB Williams for 'Walking Dead,' 'Bachelorette'

It's a good thing Marquise Williams and 17-month-old Bella share the same interests because otherwise the star quarterback at North Carolina would be risking his digits trying to wrestle the remote from the wrinkled brown and white baby. Bella is Williams' English bulldog, and she plants herself on Williams' dish chair whenever "The Walking Dead" or "The Bachelorette" is on television. (ESPN.com)

UNC WR Corps Provide Veteran Depth

North Carolina’s wide receiver corps will blend enough talent with experience in 2015 to make a claim for the program’s most well-stocked position group. Marquise Williams and UNC’s experienced offensive line will likely collect the bulk of the ACC Kickoff headlines, and deservedly so. The Tar Heels, however, return all three starters at wide receiver with quality depth filling out the two-deep. (Inside Carolina)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 37
Pittsburgh: 36
Sat, Sep 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Florida State
Sat, Oct 1, 3:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 8, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Oct 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Scoreboard
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
Notre Dame0
at Syracuse0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
at Duke0
SAT, OCT 1 12:30 PM ET
at Boston College0
SAT, OCT 1 1:00 PM ET
North Carolina0
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
Wake Forest0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
at Pittsburgh0
SAT, OCT 1 7:30 PM ET
at Clemson0
SAT, OCT 1 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(30) Virginia Tech1-03-1
(32) North Carolina1-03-1
Georgia Tech1-13-1
(14) Miami0-03-0

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Louisville2-04-0
(5) Clemson1-04-0
(38) Wake Forest1-04-0
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-13-1
Boston College0-22-2

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