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Da'Norris Searcy provides Bills with versatility at safety

When national media outlets talked about Buffalo's defense last year, they usually mentioned some of the big-name players on that side of the ball. Da'Norris Searcy wants to be one of those players this year. “I just want to be able to come out and be able to make an impact on our defense,” the strong safety said. The University of North Carolina product is entering his fourth season with the Bills. (Webster Post)

Video: UNC Football Position Breakdown - Tight End

UNC offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Seth Littrell goes in-depth about the players expected to make an impact in his position group, including Jack Tabb, Eric Albright, Brandon Fritts and Kendrick Singleton. View Video...

The Ryan Switzer factor

Pitt Coach Paul Chryst pulls no punches when discussing his team’s punt coverage against North Carolina. “We knew about Ryan,” he says. “Ryan still was a factor.” Yes he was. Ryan Switzer returned not just one, but two punts for touchdowns last autumn at Heinz Field. Chryst, the Panthers’ Coach, calls Switzer’s runbacks phenomenal. (WRAL Sports Fan)

'Trench Warfare' to determine UNC's football success in 2014

When asked what would most determine UNC’s success this season, coach Larry Fedora pointed to how quickly the offensive line gels. After all, that unit’s struggles when it had to replace three NFL draft picks was a big reason why UNC started 1-5 last season. “(Last year) we had two or three really good linemen, but we had one or two that weren’t ready yet, and that will kill you,” offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

ACC Football Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes

Anonymous ACC Coaches on North Carolina: “I think North Carolina is going to have a good football team. It’s a process with depth for them. Though they inherited a bunch of talented players, it can be hard to rebuild that overnight. The way they responded last year was important because their season was going south early on.” "Defensively, they are improving." (Athlon Sports)

Seth Littrell Up to Speed

Seth Littrell’s acclimation period at North Carolina is over. The first-year assistant head coach for offense and tight ends coach is now ready to put his mark on the Tar Heels’ no-huddle spread offense. That transition, along with building chemistry with his offensive coaches, was completed during the offseason. Littrell grew up in the Air Raid coaching tree planted by Hal Mumme and Mike Leach. (Inside Carolina)

'Bobblehead' Quinn aims to keep the sacks coming

By a mere one-half sack, Robert Quinn missed becoming the inaugural winner of the Deacon Jones Award, which goes to the NFL’s sack champion. But he did make his first Pro Bowl in 2013, was named first-team All Pro and was the league’s defensive player of the year. But in this day and age of professional sports, you haven’t truly arrived until you get your own bobblehead doll. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Schoettmer, Tar Heel Defense Ready to Leave Mark on 2014

The much maligned Carolina football defense picked up steam at the close of the 2013 season. Following the 55 points surrendered against East Carolina, the Tar Heels held all of their remaining nine opponents under 30 points. This year, veteran linebacker Jeff Schoettmer and company are ready to build off that momentum and turn some heads on the defensive side of the ball. (Chapelboro.com)

Turner's Take: Clear Eyes, Full Pads

They call it ‘bull in the ring.’ About 45 minutes in to Tuesday’s practice, Carolina’s first in full pads this fall, Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora gathered the entire team into a tight circle. Fedora called out two names: one offensive player and one defensive player, and on his whistle, the individuals came out of a stance to try to push one another out of the ring. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Larry Fedora Post Practice Interview - 8/5/14

UNC football coach Larry Fedora spoke with the media after the first practice in full pads during Tar Heel training camp. View Video...

Left Tackle Up for Grabs

While youth abounds along North Carolina’s offensive line, left tackle is the position with the least amount of experience up front. The Tar Heels’ current depth chart at offensive line lacks a senior and has as many sophomores as juniors (4). It’s telling that UNC head coach Larry Fedora acknowledged on Tuesday that he feels better about the interior of his line than the tackle positions. (Inside Carolina)

Q&A With Landon Turner

UNC offensive lineman Landon Turner discusses the youth on the o-line and what major improvements need to be made. Q: Coach Fedora has talked about weakness on the o-line, what would you say is the biggest thing you have to improve on the the line? A: We' re just really young and don't have a lot of experience. Right now we're all about turning our weaknesses into strengths. (Inside Carolina)

T.J. Thorpe Sidelined Indefinitely

Multiple sources have confirmed to InsideCarolina.com that junior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe is sidelined indefinitely after suffering his third left foot injury in two years. Thorpe was listed as the starter at flanker on UNC's preseason depth chart. UNC head coach Larry Fedora’s injury policy is to not discuss injuries unless it’s of the season-ending variety. (Inside Carolina)

T.J. Thorpe Misses Tuesday Practice

The deal with inured wide receiver T.J. Thorpe is, well, we don't exactly know just yet. We do know that word spread Monday of a foot injury, which hasn't been denied, but also not confirmed by UNC. We also know that Thorpe didn't practice Tuesday morning, but he also wasn't even at practice. Perhaps him being there, and on crutches or wearing a boot, would have revealed more information. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Ranking the nation's Top 10 surprise teams entering 2014: No. 9 North Carolina

The Tar Heels enter what feels like a swing year for Larry Fedora in Chapel Hill. A great season could catapult the program to a new level; a down year will make some wonder when UNC should start looking for its next coach. (FOX Sports)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 45
NC State: 34
Sat, Nov 28 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Clemson
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ACC Football Scoreboard
Miami (FL)29
at Pittsburgh24
at South Carolina32
Virginia Tech23
at Virginia20
at Georgia Tech7
at Kentucky24
Boston College17
at Syracuse20
at Wake Forest21
North Carolina45
at NC State34
Florida State27
at Florida2
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(8) North Carolina8-011-1
Virginia Tech4-46-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-012-0
(10) Florida State6-210-2
NC State3-57-5
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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