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Julius Peppers shows no signs of slowing down in 14th season

A lot of factors added up to a memorable performance for Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers on Sunday. For one, his team was victorious. For another, he played well. Peppers' performance came against his former employer, and it also came in Week 1 when the excitement level is a little more palpable than just about any other game. (247 Sports)

Showdown with Illinois reminds Marquise Williams of 2011 season

Just eight days before its season opener, Illinois fired head football coach Tim Beckman for his mistreatment of injured players. When UNC quarterback Marquise Williams found out, he couldn’t help but reminisce on his freshman season in 2011. “I thought back to Butch,” said Williams on Monday, referring to former UNC coach Butch Davis, who was fired at the end of July 2011 during the NCAA investigation. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels Seeking Pass Rush

North Carolina’s defensive line has struggled to establish a consistent pass rush thus far in 2015. That issue will need to be corrected this weekend against Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt and the Fighting Illini’s pass-heavy offense. Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik harped on the need for a better transitional pass rush following UNC’s season-opening loss to South Carolina. (Inside Carolina)

Illini travel to North Carolina on Saturday

When UNC replaced its former defensive coordinator with Gene Chizik it switched from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3 base. They run nickel an awful lot, but a big difference is they are now much bigger everywhere up front on defense. The Tar Heels always have four true defensive linemen in the game and two true linebackers. That was rarely the case a year ago. (Orange & Blue News)

Is UNC's pass rush a concern?

The UNC defense has two sacks in two games. One was registered by Robert Dinkins, the other by Mikey Bart. In addition, the Tar Heels have nine tackles for a loss. The offense is playing pretty well. The offensive line is solid. Tackling and coverage is better. The pass rush? A noticeable concern. (Carolina Blue)

UNC and NC A&T marching bands team up for Katy Perry

The Marching Tar Heels welcomed the N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University marching band for a Katy Perry-themed half-time show collaboration at the UNC vs. N.C. A&T football game on Saturday. Jeffrey Fuchs, director of UNC’s university bands, said it was a no-brainer to collaborate with the Blue and Gold Marching Machine. “It is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Fuchs said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Illinois eager to be tested at North Carolina after 'fairly easy' start

Coach Bill Cubit is the first to concede Illinois hasn't encountered much difficulty since the season began. "It has not been easy to accomplish (a 2-0 start)," Cubit said Monday, "but it's been fairly easy because nothing has really gone against us." The season takes on a more serious tone Saturday, when Illinois visits North Carolina for its first road game and first game against a Power Five conference opponent. (Chicago Tribune)

Trubisky tries to be patient, not worry about his role

Expectations about playing time can affect a player’s psyche if they aren’t met … unless he has no such expectations. When the 2012 Mr. Football in the state of Ohio decided to play at North Carolina, quarterback Mitch Trubisky probably didn’t envision that he would be consigned to mostly mop-up duty against an overmatched FCS opponent in 2015. (Raleigh & Company)

Marquise Williams offers different look for Illinois

Peruse enough game notes and details will blend together. No muddling, however, comes when analyzing North Carolina, the Illini’s opponent this Saturday. 99.5 percent of the Tar Heels’ offense from last year is back. And it’s led by dual-threat quarterback Marquise Williams. “We’ve got to make sure he doesn’t get outside the pocket,” Illinois defensive end Jihad Ward said. (Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette)

Video: UNC Football Gameday Experience Kickoff 2015

Experience the sights and sounds of North Carolina Football Game Day vs. NC A&T from tailgating to the Tar Heel Town to team victory. View Video...

Larry Fedora Monday Press Conference Quotes

Larry Fedora: "We have the best team we have played this season coming in, so we have a lot of work to do to get prepared for Illinois. Offensively they have scored a lot of points in the two games they have played. The quarterback has played real well. Defensively, they haven't given up a touchdown. They have given up three points. They are going to come in here sky high." (Carolina Blue)

Weekly Report Card: UNC vs NC A&T

Clean up the mistakes: A; Marquise Williams was 15/20 for 200+ yards and 2 touchdowns while also running for 50+ yards and a score. Williams looked much more comfortable in the pocket in this game and he was a more decisive and effective runner. His best play of the game was arguably his touchdown run. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC's Youth Gaining Experience

It’s no secret that North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora likes to play his freshmen early and often to build a more experienced team. The problem with this method is burning through redshirts of players who could make a greater impact in the coming years. At Monday’s weekly press conference, Fedora proposed a solution. “I wish these guys had five years of eligibility,” Fedora said. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora keeps Mitch Trubisky guessing

The two-quarterback system is back. Or is it?Just three series into North Carolina’s 53-14 victory over North Carolina A&T on Saturday, Coach Larry Fedora called on redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Trubisky to spell senior starter Marquise Williams — a plan unbeknownst to either player. “I wanted to get (Trubisky) in early, I wanted him to get some meaningful reps,” Fedora said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Deborah Stroman discusses business of sport at season-opening Tar Heel Tailgate Talk

Franklin Street’s sidewalks were packed with fans wearing Carolina blue Saturday in anticipation of Tar Heels’ football home opener against North Carolina A&T. But what would the streets have looked like if Carolina didn’t have a sports program? Determining the impact of sports on the state of North Carolina is at the core of Deborah Stroman’s work and a topic she discussed at Saturday’s Tar Heel Tailgate Talk. (UNC.edu)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 28
Fri, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Stanford
Fri, Dec 30, 2:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(22) Virginia Tech6-39-4
North Carolina5-38-4
(23) Pittsburgh5-38-4
Georgia Tech4-48-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson8-112-1
(13) Louisville7-19-3
(11) Florida State5-39-3
NC State3-56-6
Wake Forest3-56-6
Boston College2-66-6

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