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5-1 Tar Heels focused on sustaining winning habits

North Carolina’s 5-1 record means the Tar Heels are one win from bowl eligibility before Halloween. It is the first 5-1 start for the program since 2011. The mark is also the best start under Larry Fedora and the fourth-year UNC program leader admits it feels good. “It feels a whole lot better,” Fedora said. “It’s a confidence booster. It makes them feel better about everything that we’re doing .” (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC RB Elijah Hood Taking Tackles Personally

During UNC’s lopsided victory over N.C. A&T on Sept. 12, running back Elijah Hood was dropped for a short gain by a single Aggies defender. Not long after, Marquise Williams pulled Hood aside on the Tar Heel sideline and chewed on him a bit, as the fifth-year senior quarterback likes to say. “One man should not ever bring you down. I never saw it in high school, so I shouldn’t see it now.” (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC Football Weekly Press Conference Recap - Virginia

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora, Marquise Williams, Dajaun Drennon, and Elijah Hood discuss the Tar Heels being 5-1, success on 3rd downs, and preparing for Virginia. View Video...

When Hollins caught fire, the rout was on

A former walk-on who still does the dirty work on special teams as a junior, there is a blue-collar feel to Mack Hollins' game, and he certainly doesn’t project any sense of entitlement. He got his chances in a 50–14 blowout Saturday night of Wake Forest with a career-high three touchdown receptions for 103 yards. "Every time I go on the field, I’m earning my scholarship." (Raleigh & Company)

Junior Gnonkonde Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Junior Gnonkonde's big night versus Wake Forest has earned him a little love from the ACC. Gnonkonde recorded two sacks, both coming in a span of three plays in the third quarter of North Carolina’s 50-14 win over Wake Forest. He finished with nine tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss as UNC shut out Wake Forest in the second half (Tar Heel Blog)

Weekly coaching grades list short but sweet

Larry Fedora, UNC, A: It bears repeating that the Tar Heels have as many explosive offensive players as Clemson, Florida State or anyone else in the ACC. Throw in the fact that the schedule wasn’t taxing from the start and now looks even more manageable and a 9- or 10-win finish is likely. Previous grades: Thee As, one B, one C. (WRAL Sports Fan)

ACC Midseason All-Conference Picks

Three Tar Heels made ESPN.com's midseason All-ACC team - running back Elijah Hood, offensive guard Landon Turner, and offensive tackle Jon Heck....OT: Jon Heck (North Carolina): The Tar Heels’ line has been exceptional, and while Heck has helped protect the QB well, UNC is also leading the ACC in yards before contact when rushing around the right edge. (ESPN.com)

Junior receiver Mack Hollins led UNC in receiving yards and touchdowns

Mack Hollins is too quick for luck.Two years removed from walk-on status, the North Carolina receiver — once dubbed “the Unlucky Kid” — has nestled into the role of playmaker for the nation’s 10th-ranked scoring offense.For Hollins, playing time is hardly a birthright. Despite earning a team-high eight receiving touchdowns in 2014, the junior entered Saturday’s game with just eight catches through five games, fighting for every snap. (Daily Tar Heel)

Five With Fedora: Part 5

After knocking off Georgia Tech in Atlanta, UNC faced Wake Forest, who had the 15th-ranked defense in the country. The Demon Deacon defense was not able to derail the Tar Heels’ momentum as they put on a fireworks show in a convincing 50-14 victory. After taking a week off with his team, we continue our “Five with Fedora” Q&A series with North Carolina Head Coach, Larry Fedora. (Sports Glutton)

Fifth Quarter: Cooler hot seats and defenseless defenses

Quick strike Heels: After spotting Wake Forest an early 7-0 lead Saturday, UNC wasted little time roaring from behind. It took only 11 plays and a combined 2:49 of elapsed time for the Tar Heels to score TDs on their next three drives. Six of UNC’s seven TD drives lasted two minutes or fewer with four of them completed in a minute or less on the way to a 50-14 demolition of the Deacons. (Wilmington Star News)

Heels hold serve in Coastal, troll Deacs

North Carolina has been an offensive roller coaster this season with quarterback Marquise Williams at the controls and Saturday's 50-14 win over Wake Forest was no different. The Tar Heels found themselves in an early hole after a miscommunication resulted in an interception and a tipped pass at the line turned into another. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Elijah Hood knows his chances will come

North Carolina rushed the ball 33 times during Saturday’s 50-14 dismantling of Wake Forest. UNC’s best running back received only eight of those carries. But for Elijah Hood, the Tar Heels’ sophomore tailback, eight carries were all he needed to assert his dominance. Making the most of his limited opportunities, Hood rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown, averaging 12.6 yards per carry. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC DT Jalen Dalton Debuts

It appeared a month ago as though Jalen Dalton, a four-star prospect ranked as the top in-state recruit by Rivals.com, would redshirt his freshman season after enrolling in January. As the calendar turned to October, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle began to elevate his play in practice. As injuries at the defensive tackle position mounted, the opportunity for playing time finally emerged. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Bengals' Giovani Bernard sprints 17 yards to end zone

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard put his speed on full display Sunday in Buffalo. Bernard took an inside handoff from Andy Dalton and was off to the races, going 17 yards untouched to the end zone to give Cincinnati a 14-7 lead over the Bills early in the second quarter. It was Bernard's second touchdown of the season. (FOX Sports)

Titans' Zach Brown disappointed by demotion

Titans linebacker Zach Brown on Thursday expressed disappointment about getting removed from the team’s starting lineup. The Titans on Sunday replaced Brown with veteran linebacker Wesley Woodyard. It marked just the sixth time in Brown’s 37-game career with the Titans that he hadn’t started — and the first time this season. (Nashville Tennessean)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2, TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Boston College2-67-6

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