Countdown UNC's 10 Best Players: #4 Ryan SwitzerRyan Switzer got stronger and faster over the offseason, and opposing defenses better watch out for him come Saturdays in the Fall. Perhaps Switzer will recapture some of the magic he had in the punt return game that he showcased in 2013’s record-breaking season. However, even if Switzer can’t break through and take any punts back to the house, he will make his mark as a wide receiver. (Keeping It Heel)
Tar Heels hoping offseason revamp means big step forwardNorth Carolina has spent the months since the end of a frustrating season trying to repair a fractured locker room as well as a broken defense. Fourth-year coach Larry Fedora is waiting to find out if the Tar Heels have done both. "We'll think we know things about this football team," Fedora said, "but until we're faced with adversity, we won't really know." (Associated Press)
Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 8No. 8 - DT Jeremiah Clarke: Clarke has not played a minute of football for UNC, yet he is likely to be a starter come September 3rd. There are a lot of unknowns on the North Carolina defensive line. There is some depth, size, and talent, but no real proven track record. What is known is that the Tar Heel front four have to play better and make an impact if the defense wants a chance to improve. (Carolina Blue)
Former UNC Football Players Rally Around Teammate Quincy Monk As He Battles CancerA former UNC Tar Heel football player is battling major health issues and his teammates are coming in for support. Quincy Monk played linebacker for Carolina from 1998 through 2001, finishing second on the team in tackles in his senior season, before being selected by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the NFL draft. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC’s Williams, State’s Brissett: Similar goals, different leadership stylesLike Tar Heels’ Red Bull-fueled coach Larry Fedora, Marquise Williams is a flashy ball of energy, always barreling full speed ahead regardless of what or who is standing in his way. Jacoby Brissett, on the other hand, is much more reserved and calculated — an elusive, mature reflection of his understated coach Dave Doeren. (Wilmington Star News)
2015 Football Preview: Special TeamsPlace Kicking: This might be the one aspect of the 2014 Tar Heel team that was worse than the defense and that's saying something. After enjoying nearly a decade of Barth family products giving UNC reliable placekicking, the program has fallen on hard times. Nick Weiler is back for his junior season and if he can get things figured out it would certainly bolster the kicking game. (Tar Heel Blog)
Tyrell Tomlin Leaves UNC Football ProgramSophomore linebacker Tyrell Tomlin is no longer enrolled at UNC after being ruled academically ineligible, the school announced on Tuesday. The sophomore from Marietta, Ga. was listed third on the depth chart at his linebacker position entering fall camp. He recorded four tackles in 10 games as a true freshman in 2014. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Charlton Warren Mic'd Up at Training CampNorth Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren gets Mic'd Up at Tar Heel Training Camp on Monday, August 17, 2015.
Make-or-break position battle: North CarolinaWe're breaking down the biggest fall-camp position battles in the ACC for each team. Up next, North Carolina. Position battle, strong safety - The candidates: Junior Dominiquie Green is the most experienced of the group, starting 22 games in his first two seasons at UNC, but this spring, true freshman J.K. Britt took command of the position and ended up atop the depth chart. (ESPN.com)
UNC Football's Top Swing Games for 2015UNC at Pittsburgh, Oct. 29: A Thursday night win on the road would vault the Heels into the last quarter of the season with their heads held high and a division title in reach. Expect the game to be close since UNC won the two previous matchups by 12 points combined. Carolina will also have to try to shut down running back James Conner, who is the leading returning rusher among Power 5 teams. (Carolina Blue)
Countdown To Kickoff: Week 2Tar Heel fans may remember Giovani Bernard's 74-yard punt return for the go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left, capping off a rally to win 43-35 over the Wolfpack. "I still can't believe it," Bernard said after the game. "I'm still shaking right now." Bernard finished with 135 yards rushing for two scores, eight catches for 95 yards and the punt return touchdown. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC’s QB Williams Primed for Historic SeasonMarquise Williams has a veteran o-line and his top 4 wide receivers are back. Yes, the Tar Heel star is going to put up some huge numbers in 2015. North Carolina’s QB is #11 in the ACC Digital Network’s 2015 Top 25 Players to Watch list.
Cam Thomas silencing his critics at Steelers campAt least in some circles, Cam Thomas registered a seismic-level disruption last week he took reps at nose tackle with the Steelers' first-team defense. It wasn't that Thomas received the nod over Dan McCullers that some found so astonishing. A few months ago it would have seemed implausible that Thomas would even be invited back to training camp. Not after 2014, anyway. (TimesOnline.com)
Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 9In year three, T.J. Logan looks to make noise. Behind a more experience line and a bevy of offensive weapons, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound back could have a big year. He will split time with Elijah Hood, Romar Morris, Khris Francis, and freshman Ty'Son Williams, but look for head coach Larry Fedora and offensive coordinator Seth Littrell to go with the hot hand. That will likely be Logan. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Dangerous as WR or KR, Ryan Switzer Is UNC’s Swiss Army KnifeNorth Carolina’s Ryan Switzer changes the game on offense and special teams. And he can do it in the blink of an eye. The Tar Heels’ leading receiver from 2014 is #17 in the ACC Digital Network’s 2015 Top 25 Players to Watch list.
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