Ryan Switzer Named to Preseason SI.com All-American TeamRyan Switzer was named to another All-American list today, this time by Sports Illustrated. Switzer was named first team All-American punt returner. Ryan Switzer is a rising sophomore on the Tar Heel football team. Switzer caught 32 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns in 2013, but he made his impact in the punt return game. (Keeping It Heel)
Audio: John Bunting Podcast Part 1Former UNC All-ACC linebacker and head coach John Bunting discusses his time at UNC as a player, the important Bill Dooley era, his 11-year NFL career, playing and coaching in a Super Bowl, Dick Vermeil, and coaching the Tar Heels. Bunting, by the way, is the only coach in UNC history to have defeated a top-five team, and he did it twice. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Despite uncertainty, UNC’s Farmer preparing for productive fall harvestAccording to assistant coach Keith Gilmore, Ethan Farmer excelled during the first two weeks of preseason camp both with his effort and his willingness to mentor his younger teammates. “He’s always leading the group whether he’s in the drill or not,” Gilmore said. “He’s an important piece of what we’re doing.” That makes the uncertainty surrounding the former South Columbus High star’s eligibility all the more troubling. (Wilmington Star News)
2014 Season Preview: Wide Receivers & Tight EndsMuch like the running backs, the receiving corps at UNC has plenty of talent and the potential to put up some big numbers. The question is can they all while replacing Eric Ebron? The qualities that Quinshad Davis and Ryan Switzer bring to the table give UNC some flexibility in the passing game. UNC also enjoys a little depth among the receivers with Bug Howard showing flashes last season. (Tar Heel Blog)
Young Corners Seeking SplashRarely does such an inexperienced position group garner such preseason praise as North Carolina’s bold and brash collection of cornerbacks. The hype began before the 2013 season ended. Once Tim Scott, a three-year starter at corner, was moved to safety prior to the Belk Bowl, expectations for then-freshmen cornerbacks Brian Walker and Des Lawrence exploded. (Inside Carolina)
Turner's Take: Drawing a LineThere are a lot of questions –good questions– on the Tar Heel offense in this fall’s training camp. Carolina has a lot of talented options at a lot of important positions. Will it be Williams or Trubisky getting the bulk of the snaps at quarterback? Who’s going to carry the ball among a host of talented backs? Out of all the F.R.E.A.K.s, who’s going to be demanding tight coverage at wide receiver? (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Football Position Breakdown - Offensive LineNorth Carolina offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic goes in-depth on the players in his squad during this position breakdown.
Steelers long-snapper Greg Warren tears meniscus in kneePittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday that long-snapper Greg Warren has a meniscus tear in his knee and is expected to miss four weeks, meaning he might not be ready for the start of the regular season. Warren has not missed a regular-season game since Dec. 21, 2009, a span of 64 consecutive games. He was injured during Wednesday’s practice scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Freshman Elijah Hood continues to impress amid considerable hypeStories are circulating, and have been for a while now, about how Elijah Hood recently squatted more than 600 pounds, and about how fast he has learned UNC coach Larry Fedora's offense - faster than any freshman he has ever coached, Fedora said not long ago. Slowly, through those stories, a sort of legend has started to form and take shape - and all before Hood has played his first college game. (The State)
2014 Season Preview: Running BacksWhile no one player is likely going to match Giovani Bernard's 2012 production, as a group of players, T.J. Logan, Khris Francis, Romar Morris and Elijah Hood need to come close to matching and possibly exceeding the 2012 team from the running back position. Obviously the play on the offensive line had a role in the lack of production last season and is a factor this season also. (Tar Heel Blog)
Jessie Rogers' Versatility On DisplayWith the news that tackles Shawn Underwood and Greg Webb are academically ineligible for the 2014 season - senior nose tackle Ethan Farmer’s eligibility is also currently up in the air – three-technique tackle Justin Thomason shifted to nose, creating a void that Jessie Rogers (5 tkl in '13) was tasked to fill. The transition has been relatively seamless, given Rogers’ previous work inside. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Thursday Players Post-Practice InterviewsUNC defensive players Travis Hughes, Des Lawrence and Brian Walker talked to the media following the Tar Heels' practice on Thursday.
Confidence is common denominator of UNC CB duoBrian Walker is talkative on the field, while Des Lawrence stays quiet. When it comes to tackling a big running back, Walker prefers to go for a knockout blow while Lawrence tries to take him down by the legs. But Walker and Lawrence are incredibly similar when it comes to perhaps the most important aspect of being a defensive back — they’re both extremely confident. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Video: Larry Fedora Thursday Post-Practice InterviewNorth Carolina Head Coach Larry Fedora discusses the rotation in the Tar Heels' backfield, encouraging signs from punter Tommy Hibbard and more.
Ethan Farmer’s Status Still in QuestionUNC senior defensive tackle Ethan Farmer’s status remains in limbo at the midway point of training camp. UNC head coach Larry Fedora told reporters following practice on Thursday there was no timetable in place for clarification on Farmer’s eligibility. A source confirmed to InsideCarolina.com that Farmer’s eligibility concerns are academic-related. (Inside Carolina)
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