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Difficult opener a low-risk, high-reward opportunity for UNC

Instead of easing into the 2015 season, the Tar Heels will jump right into the deep end when they take on South Carolina at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium a week from Thursday. “We want that game to be a measuring stick of where we are as a program,” Fedora said. “They’re a great program. You’re talking about Steve Spurrier and you know he’s going to have a team prepared." (Wilmington Star News)

Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 3

Experience and leadership. That what starting UNC middle linebacker Jeff Schoettmer brings to the 2015 Tar Heel football team. The Texas native has played in every game the past three seasons, starting 24 at middle linebacker. As a sophomore the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Schoettmer registered 85 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, and three pass breakups. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Football: The Biggest Openers Ever

North Carolina's game next week versus South Carolina in Charlotte is one of the bigger season openers of the 2000s for the Tar Heels, if not ever. Entering the fourth year of the Larry Fedora era with the NCAA probation period in the rear view mirror and a manageable schedule ahead, getting off to a big start against a notable opponent would be huge for this team and program. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Free safety Sam Smiley embraces old man role

North Carolina safety Sam Smiley is a sage among his peers. The fifth-year senior — who is slated to start at free safety this season — has silently guided his teammates since making five starts as a redshirt freshman. But as the only senior likely to see action in the secondary during UNC’s season opener against South Carolina, Smiley accepts his role. (Daily Tar Heel)

Sophomore offensive lineman Bentley Spain up to speed

Bentley Spain and Larry Fedora have one thing in common — they both like to go fast. And while not many people associate 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive linemen with pure speed, Spain, a sophomore offensive tackle on the UNC football team, is prepared to break that mold — both in his style of play and in his dream job. Spain lists in his player bio that he’d like to be a NASCAR driver. (Daily Tar Heel)

North Carolina football confident of better times ahead

For all the turmoil surrounding the UNC football program the past seven years - NCAA sanctions and two major investigations, a stretch of three coaches in three years - the team has been remarkably consistent on the field in terms of finishing numbers. The Tar Heels have won seven or eight games in six of those seven seasons, failing to finish above .500 only last year (6-7, 4-4). (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Fedora Live: Secondary Relearned Basics

In addition to learning a new defensive scheme this offseason, UNC’s secondary was tasked with learning a new set of fundamentals. UNC head coach Larry Fedora provided insight into that change during his live radio show on Tuesday night at Top of the Hill restaurant. When asked why the secondary had to learn new techniques, Fedora replied: “Because that’s what Gene [Chizik] wanted.” (Inside Carolina)

2015 Football Preview: Offensive Line

There will be many familiar names on UNC's offensive line this season. And with that the Heels will hope to see the improvements that come from getting experience in Larry Fedora's system, developing more strength as they get older and being comfortable with a consistent quarterback behind them. The key will be keeping the unit healthy and maximizing the experience. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tuesday Post-Practice Running Back Quotes

Elijah Hood: "My personal goals are my team goals. Coach Fedora says every year we want to win the Coastal and win the state. So we got to beat Duke, State, and Wake this year, then just try and win the Coastal. Those Coastal games are important we want to try and get to the ACC Championship and then who knows what might happen, we might end up somewhere else." (Carolina Blue)

Nick Weiler Atop Place Kicker Depth Chart

Larry Fedora told his radio show audience on Tuesday that he had a feeling who would start at placekicker next Thursday night against South Carolina, but declined to share that bit of information. Redshirt freshman Freeman Jones, who is competing with junior Nick Weiler for the job, may have spoiled the surprise earlier in the evening. (Inside Carolina)

UNC in good hands with ‘The Freaks’

UNC coach Larry Fedora will unleash The Freaks - that's what the Tar Heels wide receivers call themselves - for the first time this year during the Sept. 3 season opener against South Carolina. He very well might send five of them to the field at the same time. “It’s called Empty,” said UNC wide receiver Bug Howard, talking about a particular offensive formation. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Offensive Players, Coaches Tuesday Post-Practice Interviews

Assistant Head Coach Seth Littrell, QB Marquise Williams, and RB Romar Morris share their thoughts on the team's progress as Carolina readies for the first game of the 2015 season. View Video...

Stage Set for Corbin Daly

Corbin Daly arrived at North Carolina with U.S. Army All-American honors after turning in one of the nation’s top punting performances during his senior season at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder showcased his kicking ability during UNC’s spring scrimmage in Charlotte, booting his first attempt 45 yards and drilling a 60-yarder later. (Inside Carolina)

Spurrier names his starting quarterback

University of South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has named redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch as the starting quarterback for the season opener on Thursday, September 3, against North Carolina in Charlotte, according to a release from the school. Mitch has been listed atop the depth chart since before spring practice. (247 Sports)

Q&A With UNC Defensive Line Coach Tray Scott

Tray Scott: "I got a call from a friend from Ole Miss who knew Coach (Larry) Fedora, and it kind of lit fire from there. They had and opportunity to bring me out for an interview, and Coach (Gene) Chizik grilled me pretty good for about six or seven hours that day. It was a great experience. You never know what to expect in those situations. Prior to that, I didn’t know anybody on this staff." (Inside Carolina)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 35
Virginia: 14
Sat, Oct 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Nov 5, TBD Tickets

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

UNC vs. The Citadel
Sat, Nov 19, TBD Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Virginia Tech0
at Pittsburgh0
THU, OCT 27 7:00 PM ET
at Virginia0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 29 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Notre Dame0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 29 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(21) North Carolina4-16-2
(25) Virginia Tech3-15-2
Georgia Tech1-34-3

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Clemson4-07-0
(5) Louisville4-16-1
(12) Florida State2-25-2
Wake Forest2-25-2
NC State1-24-3
Boston College0-43-4

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