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Countdown UNC's 10 Best Players: #1 Marquise Williams

With Marquise Williams entrenched as the starter from day one, there is no reason why this shouldn’t be one of the more explosive offenses in the country. He has plenty of weapons so the passing attack should be lethal. When he calls his own number, Williams is as dangerous as anyone in the country in the open field. That combination should result in UNC lighting up the scoreboard this season. (Keeping It Heel)

2015 Football Preview: Linebackers

Any discussion of Carolina linebackers starts with senior Jeff Schoettmer, who has assumed the role of leader of the defense. Schoettmer had a breakout year last season in which he was second on the team in tackles, tied for second in tackles for loss, and chipped in a pair of interceptions. Schoettmer will anchor the defense this season from the middle linebacker spot. (Tar Heel Blog)

ACC football preview: Six questions

Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has a difficult challenge in Chapel Hill, where he’s been tasked with improving UNC’s defense. While Chizik is considered one of the best defensive minds in college football, it’s hard to imagine even he can orchestrate a dramatic turnaround from a year ago. But even minimal improvement could be the difference between a mediocre and good season. (Fayetteville Observer)

Countdown UNC’s 10 Best Players: #2 Landon Turner

2015 will be Landon Turner’s fourth year on the offensive line. As a freshman, he played a role on one of the great offensive lines in UNC history. That 2012 line included James Hurst , Jonathan Cooper, Russell Bodine, Brennan Williams, and Travis Bond. All the names listed there are NFL caliber players, with only Turner remaining as the last player not yet in the league. (Keeping It Heel)

Countdown UNC’s 10 Best Players: #3 Jeff Schoettmer

Jeff Schoettmer is a 6’2 265 lb middle linebacker who will be entering his senior season at UNC. Though he started his career as a walk-on from Dallas, Texas, he has shown toughness and grit and has become one of the best linebackers in the conference. What makes Jeff such a valuable teammate is the same thing that makes him an excellent middle linebacker. (Keeping It Heel)

Sports media company, co-founded by former UNC football player Jeb Terry, acquired by FOX

A Chapel Hill-based sports media company with NFL roots has struck a deal with Fox Sports Digital. Assets from StraightCast Media, including a mobile app called "GridIron Grunts," have been acquired by Fox. Additionally, the media giant announced that StraightCast co-founder and former NFL player Jeb Terry has been named vice president of program management for Fox Sports Digital. (Triangle Business Journal)

Elijah Hood Poised to Break Out

Larry Fedora has effusive praise for Elijah Hood. "Special kid. Coach's dream." The North Carolina head coach hails his sophomore running back's work ethic, determination, off-the-field accomplishments (he was on the All-ACC Academic Team last year). And Fedora's biggest concern with Hood? That he gives too much effort in practice. (Inside Carolina)

Ten (semi)-bold predictions for the 2015 ACC football season

UNC’s defense will improve by at least 10 points per game under new coordinator Gene Chizik. The combination of a fresh start, the new 4-3 scheme and some upgraded, young talent should allow the Tar Heels to hold their opponents to at least 29 points per game this season. That’s enough of an improvement to win 7-8 games this season given the weapons they have on offense. (Wilmington Star News)

Did Russell Bodine's snap issues begin before he was a Bengal?

Because the occasional practice snap woes have persisted since Russell Bodine's arrival as a fourth-round pick last May, it's easy to speculate about whether Bengals coaches missed a red flag while scouting him. Did he have these problems before he was a Bengal? Bodine's former offensive line coach, UNC associate head coach and co-offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic told ESPN that Bodine didn't. (ESPN.com)

UNC's defense taking shape

Tray Scott is that coach who’ll get down on the ground and demonstrate exactly how his defensive linemen need to be getting down in the trenches. “He can get down there and actually show them the drills himself,” North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik said. Now, it certainly helps that Scott is only 30 years old. That’s what makes him this really great teacher, Chizik said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: UNC Football Position Breakdowns - Running Backs

North Carolina running backs coach Larry Porter delivers the inside scoop on the plethora of talent in the Tar Heel backfield for the 2015 season. View Video...

Chizik, Schoettmer talk defense

Is there anyone on the defensive line who has really stepped up during training camp? Jeff Schoettmer: "Yeah for sure, Junior Gnonkonde, Nazair Jones, Jeremiah Clarke and Shakeel Rashad. Those guys, well the first three I mentioned are defensive lineman, have done a great job really elevating their game cause if we don’t have a defensive line then we don’t have a defense really." (Carolina Blue)

South Carolina's defensive line in race to prepare for UNC’s pace

Getting off to a quick start is the hope of every football team, but it will be a requirement for the University of South Carolina defense in its season opener against North Carolina on Sept. 3. “They’re one of the fastest teams in the country as far as running plays,” co-defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said of the Tar Heels. “Oregon might be the only team in the country faster.” (Greenville News)

Cornerback Depth Paying Dividends

UNC’s cornerbacks are primed to make amends for their miscues in recent years with experienced depth and a new approach. Four cornerbacks have starting experience, another played significant snaps last season and a sixth has made a splash as a true freshman in training camp. Sophomore M.J. Stewart is currently working with the ones opposite of junior Des Lawrence. (Inside Carolina)

Scout's ACC Football Power Rankings

7. North Carolina: This is going to be an interesting season in Chapel Hill because this offense is going to score a ton of points and North Carolina made a great off-season hire in defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. That combination should translate into more wins for Larry Fedora’s program. I think they could be a real sleeper in the ACC. (Scout.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 20
Miami: 13
Sat, Oct 15 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia
Sat, Oct 22, 3:00 ET RSN

UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Nov 5, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Thu, Nov 10, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Scoreboard
at Virginia Tech37
NC State0
at Louisville44
at Boston College10
North Carolina0
at Virginia0
SAT, OCT 22 3:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(30) Virginia Tech3-15-2
(22) North Carolina3-15-2
(38) Pittsburgh2-15-2
(27) Miami1-34-3
Georgia Tech1-34-3

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson4-07-0
(7) Louisville3-15-1
(13) Florida State2-25-2
Wake Forest2-25-2
(36) NC State1-14-2
Boston College0-33-3

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