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Ryan Switzer on the changing UNC football culture

Times are changing, people are buzzing and UNC Football is no joke, especially after a successful 2015 season. "We had the season that Carolina football needed to have last year," Ryan Switzer said. Winning the ACC Coastal Division and making it to the ACC Championship changed the mindset for Switzer and the Heels and increased the hype surrounding Carolina football. (Carolina Blue)

ICTV: UNC Football Equipment Manager Jason Freeman Interview

UNC football begins practice for the 2016 season later this week, and the equipment staff is hard at work in preparation. Jason Freeman has been with the program since 1995 and was promoted to head manager earlier this year. Freeman sat down with Inside Carolina to share some insight into what goes on behind the scenes before the players take the field. (Inside Carolina)

Fedora: "You feel better that the things you are doing are right"

Nothing will change in how Larry Fedora and his staff approach the 2016 season. With camp kicking off on Thursday, UNC's mentality won't change despite following one of the best seasons in program history and the Tar Heels' first ACC Championship appearance. "It's no different for us. No different approach," Fedora explained. (Carolina Blue)

ACC's top 25 football players of 2016: Nos. 20-16

17. North Carolina receiver/returner Ryan Switzer: Outside of Christian McCaffrey, there might not be a better all-purpose player in the country than Switzer. He has developed as a receiver, but he’s taking aim at the record book as a returner. His five punt return scores in 2013 tied an NCAA record, and he’s one punt return touchdown shy of tying the NCAA's career mark. (ESPN.com)

Georgia's Kirby Smart gives update on Nick Chubb, Sony Michel

Georgia running back Nick Chubb hit the field Monday, wearing a brace on his surgically repaired left knee, but did everything in a non-contact practice. "For the last three months Nick has been doing everything everyone has been doing and he will continue to do that," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said during his preseason press conference, per UGAsports.com. (AL.com)

College Football Top 25 Breakout Players of 2016

17. Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: Trubisky will likely put up huge numbers in an offense with a loaded receiving corps and one of the nation’s best running backs in Elijah Hood. Trubisky showed the accuracy needed to excel in UNC’s system as he completed 40-of-47 passes, averaging 11.8 yards per attempt to go with six touchdowns and no interceptions. (Pro Football Focus)

Troy adds North Carolina DL Junior Gnonkonde as grad transfer

Less than a week before the start of summer camp, Troy has made a Power Five addition to its roster. Monday afternoon, the Trojans announced that Junior Gnonkonde has joined the squad as a graduate transfer. Gnonkonde graduated from North Carolina in May and opted to transfer from the Tar Heels for unknown reasons. (NBC Sports)

Breaking Down UNC's Scoring Defense Success

North Carolina’s 2015 defense may serve as the ideal poster child for the ever-changing statistical landscape that belongs to college football. Offensive ingenuity in recent decades has prompted the rise of advanced metrics to accurately gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of programs utilizing entirely different schemes to win games. (Inside Carolina)

Country singer Chase Rice wears Sam Foltz jersey during concert in Nebraska

Hours after former Husker punter Sam Foltz was laid to rest Saturday in Grand Island in front of an estimated 1,500 teammates, coaches, friends, family members and loved ones, country singer and songwriter Chase Rice donned Foltz's jersey and paid tribute to the Greeley native during a concert. (KETV)

ACC's top 25 football players of 2016: Nos. 25-21

No. 22: Des Lawrence, CB, North Carolina: Lawrence had a breakout season in 2015 under new coordinator Gene Chizik. He started all 13 games and tied for the ACC lead with 14 pass breakups. His return helps make the secondary the strength of the North Carolina defense, and he should only be better with another year in the system. (ESPN.com)

WWE announces signing of former NFL Lineman Brennan Williams

Triple H has said that WWE is looking for talent wherever they can find it. But they didn’t have to look hard for Brennan Williams. And when they saw his résumé, it was a pretty easy decision to give him a look. Today, the company announced they signed the former college football standout, Booker T trainee, and Taekwondo black belt to a developmental contract. (Cageside Seats)

ACC Football Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2016

On North Carolina: “They weren’t as good as their record, and maybe that showed up in the bowl game a little bit, but you have to give them credit for running the table in the division and the fact that nobody could really slow them down. I think their philosophy is to play good defense and don’t give up big plays and say, ‘We’re going to outscore you.’” (Athlon Sports)

Giovani Bernard partners with Tide Loads of Hope to help local family

On Tuesday, Giovani Bernard partnered with Tide Loads of Hope to make the day of one local family in need of new clothing. Natalie, a single mother of five and local Oakley resident, found herself in a position where she needed to make some tough decisions for her family. (Cincy Jungle)

Quinshad Davis a surprising playmaker early for Lions

Quinshad Davis' work came mostly during second-and-third team reps, but the undrafted free-agent receiver from North Carolina had a good day. In individual drills, he had an impressive, one-handed catch in the back of the end zone. Davis also had a nice grab in the end zone during 7-on-7 drills. Davis has a rough road to a roster spot, but plays like that will get him noticed. (ESPN.com)

Ranking NFL running backs: 10. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

Why is Giovani Bernard, not Jeremy Hill in our top 10? After all, Hill was Cincinnati’s designated starter at running back—he tied for the league lead with 11 touchdowns on the ground last season and led the Bengals with 794 yards rushing. Well, to cut to the chase, Bernard was better across the board last season. (Sports Illustrated)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 34
Pittsburgh: 31
Thu, Nov 9 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Western Carolina
Sat, Nov 18, 3:00 ET ACCNE

UNC @ NC State
Sat, Nov 25, 3:30 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
at #2 Miami7
12:53 IN 2ND

Delaware State6
at Florida State34
10:41 IN 2ND

The Citadel0
at #3 Clemson21

at Virginia Tech7
15:00 IN 2ND

Western Carolina0
at North Carolina0
Saturday 3:00 PM

at Louisville0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Georgia Tech0
at Duke0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Boston College0
at Connecticut0
Saturday 7:00 PM

#22 NC State0
at Wake Forest0
Saturday 7:30 PM

Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(2) Miami6-09-0
Georgia Tech4-35-4
Virginia Tech3-37-3
North Carolina1-62-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson7-19-1
(25) NC State5-17-3
Wake Forest3-36-4
Boston College3-45-5
Florida State3-53-6

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