Video: UNC Football Position Breakdown - Wide ReceiversNorth Carolina wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer goes in-depth on each of the members of his squad in this position breakdown.
Smart, Fast and Physical Gets SmarterHigh above Navy Fields, assistant strength and conditioning coach Simon Haake sits behind a laptop, overlooking practice. As he watches, a live stream of data is fed to his screen. Ten Tar Heel football players wear Catapult GPS units during practice that allow the coaches to monitor various aspects of performance like distance, velocity, acceleration and work rate. (GoHeels.com)
No. 21 UNC And Its Poll HistoryUNC's No. 21 ranking in the ESPN power poll released Monday certainly is some positive news the program and its fans can embrace. UNC is definitely garnering some respect as the regular season nears. From highly respected football man Phil Steele to some other outlets, the Tar Heels are a team worth paying attention to nationally this fall. It makes sense and is mostly justified. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Coach Kap InterviewTar Heel Illustrated spoke with Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Chris Kapilovic after Monday's practice. We asked about depth along the OL, developing interchangeable parts, use of the tight end in the spread offense, and how Jack Tabb factors into some of the tweaks this year. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Is Bengals' Brandon Tate feeling the heat?So, does Brandon Tate, a player used primarily on special teams and whose offensive production has been minimal his three years with the Bengals, believe he will be on the 53-man roster when camp breaks next month? Of course he does. "We've got a new O-coordinator and the one thing he stressed is that everything is open," Tate said, referring to lead offensive assistant Hue Jackson. (ESPN.com)
UNC Football Season Predicted Record and Expectations2014 starts off easier than the previous season with evening home games against Liberty and San Diego. After a bye week the Heels face East Carolina in Greenville, North Carolina before their toughest game on the schedule: Clemson at Death Valley. The first bye on the schedule fits perfectly for a UNC team lacking depth and experience on the offensive and defensive lines. (Carolina Blue)
UNC running backs shouldering loadUNC running backs haven't been stepping out much this preseason. Running out of bounds has been prohibited by running backs coach Larry Porter, so sophomore Khris Francis and his backfield mates have been lowering their shoulders a lot more. "Our running back corps has definitely stepped it up as a whole," said Francis, who's fighting for playing time in a crowded backfield. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Turnover Woes Highlight ScrimmageWet weather during UNC’s first scrimmage of training camp on Saturday aided in producing 10 ball-security miscues for the offense. “It was sloppy in some areas,” UNC coach Larry Fedora told reporters on Monday. “We had too many balls on the ground offensively, but then again, on the other side of the ball, the defense created some turnovers, which was a good thing.” (Inside Carolina)
ACC football rivalry heat metersDuke vs. North Carolina: Nothing says college football like two schools disagreeing on the all-time series record with the disputed game dating back to...wait for it...1889. UNC claims a 59-37-4 record and Duke feels it trails only 38-58-4. The Tar Heels won 21 of 22 games from 1990-2011, although two of those wins would later be vacated. But you get the point. (ESPN.com)
Fedora Monday Post-Practice SynopsisUNC head football coach Larry Fedora met with the media following practice on Day 11 of fall training camp. Regarding last Saturday's first scrimmage of camp, Fedora said it was a typical first scrimmage. Ball on the ground a bit too much, gave up too many big plays on defense, loved the spirit, got a lot of young players repetitions. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Larry Fedora Monday Post-Practice InterviewUNC football coach Larry Fedora discusses the Tar Heels' scrimmage on Saturday and building depth along the offensive line.
ACC Football Preseason Power Rankings4. North Carolina Tar Heels: It's worrisome that the Tar Heels have major questions in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and an ongoing QB battle hasn't added much stability on offense. But the strong finish to 2013 makes Carolina a trendy Coastal pick, and in Year 3 under Larry Fedora there's a sentiment that the Heels are finally ready to take the next step. (ESPN.com)
Jonathan Cooper shows resiliency in return to game action for Arizona CardinalsOn the second play from scrimmage in his first game action since breaking a leg in last year's preseason, Arizona Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper got beat by Texans Pro Bowler J.J. Watt for a sack.
Welcome back to the NFL? "Definitely not welcome back," Cooper said of the play that happened in Arizona's 32-0 win. (Arizona Sports)
UNC ranked 25th among top college football coaching jobsClay Travis of Outkick The Coverage recently published his top 25 list of the best coaching jobs in college football. It’s no surprise that a lot of big name programs made the list, with the Florida Gators being the number one job. But Travis included the North Carolina Tar Heels on the list who ranked at number 25. (Keeping It Heel)
Needed: A Few Good MenWith senior defensive tackle Ethan Farmer's status for the season still uncertain, as of now, none of the 10 Tar Heels battling to sort out the defensive line rotation have ever started a game up front in college. Only sophomore Mikey Bart has started a game, and that was twice last fall at bandit. Now he's a defensive end. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
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