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RB Shaun Draughn making Browns ‘wish we kept him’

Shaun Draughn says Sunday’s game is “no different” than any other for him, even though he’s returning to Cleveland less than two months after the Browns cut him. Draughn has since emerged as the 49ers’ all-purpose running back and he’ll be making his fifth straight start for them in Sunday’s game. The Browns haven’t won a game since Draughn left. (San Jose Mercury News)

Rams' Robert Quinn slated for season-ending back surgery

The St. Louis Rams placed defensive end Robert Quinn on injured reserve with a back issue Wednesday. Quinn will undergo season-ending surgery. Quinn hasn't played since Week 10, when he saw just 15 snaps due to a banged-up knee. A hip injury kept him out of the lineup in subsequent weeks, but the back pain has been an issue since last month. (NFL.com)

My MVP Backfield: Williams, Hood, and Logan

This year was special for me because I got to see three special young men that I covered several times while they were in high school lead the Tar Heels to their most successful season in years. Those three players were Marquise Williams, T.J. Logan, and Elijah Hood. Some folks may ask why were they so special because I cover all of North Carolina? (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC, Baylor might not light up scoreboard in Russell Athletic Bowl

Numbers might never lie, but they can be massaged and misleading. For instance, numbers suggest No. 17 Baylor and No. 10 North Carolina will have the highest-scoring bowl game of the season. Instead of both teams topping 50 points later this month, the two could struggle to combine for that many points. So what should be expected from the offenses? (ESPN.com)

Gene Chizik On The Decision to Take the UNC Job

A few tidbits from Gene Chizik during an interview with 103.7 The Buzz out of Arkansas prior to the Broyles Award ceremony. Chizik says the first time Larry Fedora called to offer him the defensive coordinator job at UNC, he turned it down. "I originally told him no. I can't do it. I've got a great gig in radio and TV and I'm just not really ready to come back right now you know and maybe never." (Tar Heel Blog)

Clemson 45, UNC 37: Pass defense and QB draws sent the Tigers to the CFP

Clemson's run effectiveness was encouraging -- returns had diminished of late -- and the Tigers' pass defense was magnificent, holding UNC to a 27 percent success rate. But field position and some big plays kept the Heels close enough that the horrific offsides call on the late UNC onside kick might have actually made a difference. (Football Study Hall)

Revisiting UNC Football's Preseason Over/Under Predictions

Elijah Hood didn't quite get 18 carries per game but came close with almost 16. Yet his rushing average was over six yards per play, which is easily top five in UNC history for the season. Needless to say, the Charlotte sophomore was as advertised and UNC's offensive line was incredibly good for most of the season. Hood is presently at 1345 yards on the season with one game left. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels (like ACC cohorts) in familiar bowl role

North Carolina’s football season will end almost exactly as it began – with the Tar Heels a 3-point underdog to a seemingly weaker team on a neutral field. At least on paper and at least for now, Baylor seems certain to enter the Dec. 29 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando looking very similar to the South Carolina team that UNC faced in Charlotte on Sept. 3. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Purdue Fires John Shoop, a Champion of Athletes’ Rights

John Shoop, the offensive coordinator for the Purdue football team, was called into the office of Darrell Hazell, the team’s head coach, and fired. It was 12:45 p.m. Sunday. At first glance, this would appear to be a classic case of a coach firing some assistants — two defensive coaches were also given the boot — to save his own skin. (New York Times)

2015 Russell Athletic Bowl advanced stats tale of the tape: Baylor vs. North Carolina

No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels (11-2) vs. No. 17 Baylor Bears (9-3)...December 29 ( 5:30 PM ET, ESPN ), Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando...Spread: Baylor -3...S&P+ Projection: Baylor 36.5, North Carolina 31.4 (SB Nation)

Randy Jordan 'always a Tar Heel,' even as Redskins' RB coach

Wearing a headset on an NFL sideline wasn't in the plans for Randy Jordan when he was playing ball and studying at North Carolina. "I thought I was going to be the next Tom Suiter and majored in communications," the second-year Redskins running backs coach said. But instead of reading highlights on TV, Jordan opted to stay a bit closer to the game when his playing days ended. (WRAL Sports Fan)

College football's easiest to toughest recruiting jobs, 1-65

32. North Carolina Tar Heels: Though football operates in the shadow of the school's nationally-recognized basketball team, the program is in a quality area for recruits and makes the most out of what it has. UNC has had a nice flow of players to the NFL as well. (ESPN.com)

Gene Chizik reportedly among ECU head coaching candidates

ECU director of athletics Jeff Compher was not on campus Wednesday afternoon, and was believed to be in Raleigh in pursuit of the University's next head football coach. Some sources continued to suggest former Auburn head coach and current UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik was tops on ECU's list, though other sources expressed doubt in Chizik's interest in the Pirates. (Greenville Daily Reflector)

49ers' Shaun Draughn knows plenty about keeping the faith

For the Draughns of Tarboro, N.C., Sunday mornings are about faith and family. Kenneth Draughn is the pastor of Born Again Ministry. His wife, Shirley, is co-pastor; his mom, Betty, is an associate minister; his oldest daughter, Rashena, is the choir director and his youngest daughter, Kennethra, plays the keyboard. Kenneth also has a son, Shaun, but he's a San Francisco 49ers running back. (San Francisco Gate)

Coaches' All-ACC Teams Announced

The ACC's fourteen head coaches submitted votes for All-ACC. UNC had two players named to the first team and 13 named to all three teams. OL Landon Turner and specialist Ryan Switzer received first team nods for the offense. QB Marquise Williams, RB Elijah Hood, OLs Jon Heck and Caleb Peterson were named to the second team. (Tar Heel Blog)

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