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Browns elevate RB Shaun Draughn to active roster

The Cleveland Browns on Saturday signed running back Shaun Draughn to the active roster from the practice squad. Draughn originally signed with the Browns on Dec. 3, 2014 and appeared in four games as a reserve last season. He has appeared in 30 career games since being signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2011. (Cleveland Browns)

Quietly, Jonathan Cooper ready for first Week 1 start

Admit it: You haven’t really thought about Jonathan Cooper lately. And really, why should you? The Arizona Cardinals’ right guard has, for all intents and purposes, gone through camp playing well enough to leave no doubt at the position. There have been no injuries, no comments from coaches aimed to fire him up, no drama. Cooper will start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, and that will be that. (Arizona Sports)

Julius Peppers now an elder statesman for the Packers, still feels young

Older, wiser — definitely more experienced — Julius Peppers is looking forward to his 14th NFL season. At 35, Peppers will be the oldest player on the field when the Packers visit the Chicago Bears in the longtime rivals' season opener Sunday. He considers that an honor. "I'm fortunate to be out here with all of these young guys, (so) I don't mind it," the pass-rush specialist said Friday. "In my eyes, it's a good thing." (Associated Press)

North Carolina makes A&T’s first trip to Chapel Hill one to forget

A bridge too far, N.C. A&T’s trip to Carolina was a short journey with a bad ending. Bigger and deeper and with last week’s loss still ringing in its ears, UNC exposed the Aggies early and throughout in a 53-14 shelling at soggy Kenan Stadium. A&T made a harrowing ride from Greensboro to play Carolina for the first time in its history. (Greensboro News & Record)

Elijah Hood punishes North Carolina A&T defense in UNC's home-opening win

During the pivotal moments of North Carolina's 17-13 loss to South Carolina on Sept. 3, running back Elijah Hood was noticeably absent from the field. On Saturday, he was all over it. Hood's impact was unquestioned in UNC's home opener, bruising North Carolina A&T's defense for 56 yards and two scores and rejuvenating the Tar Heels (1-1) in their 53-14 drubbing of the Aggies (1-1). (Daily Tar Heel)

Turner's Take: Stepping Stone

Carolina scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, on five of the first six and six of their first eight. Nine days after scoring a single touchdown in 60 minutes, they scored seven in fewer than 40. Meanwhile, the defense caused three turnovers that led to 14 points. When all was said and done, the Tar Heels had even their record and exorcised some demons. (GoHeels.com)

Team Win Allows Tar Heels to Move Forward

Ten different Tar Heels caught passes, led by Quinshad Davis (4 catches, 40 yards). Eight different Tar Heels carried the ball, led by Elijah Hood (16 rushes, 56 yards, 2 TD). Quarterbacks Marquise Williams (15-of-20, 211 yards, 2 TD) and Mitch Trubisky combined to complete 74 percent [20-of-27] of their passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-NC A&T Postgame Notes

Larry Fedora is now 22-18 in four seasons at UNC and 56-37 overall in eight seasons as a head coach. Fedora is 4-0 in home openers at UNC. This was the sixth time in Larry Fedora’s four seasons that the Tar Heels scored 50 or more points in a game and the 16th game with 40 or more points. The Tar Heels out-gained the Aggies, 463-273. (GoHeels.com)

Postgame Quotes - NC A&T

North Carolina A&T Head Coach Rod Broadway: “Well, it was a butt-kicking, actually. And they were too good for us, too fast for us, and, you know, we made way too many mistakes in the first half. We really gave them the opportunity to score too many easy points. We can’t dig those type of holes because we don’t have the firepower to come back against a team like North Carolina." (GoHeels.com)

Larry Fedora Discusses QB Rotation

North Carolina picked up its first win of 2015 with a 53-14 victory over the N.C. A&T Aggies, and head coach Larry Fedora turned to his old bag of tricks regarding the quarterback position. Backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky worked in every third series for starter Marquise Williams in the first half for the first time since UNC’s 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech last October. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Targets Takeaways in Win Over A&T

In Saturday’s 53-14 drubbing of North Carolina A&T, the Tar Heel defense gave defensive coordinator Gene Chizik three turnovers in the span of 12 plays. “Going into halftime, we had three (takeaways), and Coach Chizik still wanted more takeaways,” said linebacker Cayson Collins after the game. “He said he wanted at least two more.” (Inside Carolina)

Trubisky to Fritts made for a special moment

Tight end Brandon Fritts caught three passes on Saturday night, two went for scores. Against N.C. A&T in UNC's home opener, the redshirt sophomore saw his first significant plays as a Tar Heel. It was special for him, even cooler that his first touchdown pass came from his high school quarterback Mitch Trubisky. (Carolina Blue)

Three Things We Learned From UNC's Win Over NC A&T

What a difference an offseason makes. Nick Weiler's reliability as a kicker has improved so much over last season it probably can't be represented with a real number. A year ago, kicking any kind of field goal would have been a risky proposition. Kicking anything over 30 yards? 40 yards? Forget it. UNC was hamstrung by a kicking game that simply couldn't deliver. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - NC A&T

Shakeel Rashad was a playmaker for the defense. He forced the fumble that led to Sam Smiley's 52-yard return in the first quarter, and he also picked off an interception in the second quarter. The Tar Heels are going to "white out" Kenan at the home game against Delaware on Sept. 26. Here's hoping that one is also a night kickoff. Evenings at Kenan are just plain better than the afternoon starts. (GoHeels.com)

Call from Peyton Manning helps Marquise Williams rebound vs. N.C. A&T Aggies

Peyton Manning gave Marquise Williams a buzz after the North Carolina quarterback was heartbroken following the season-opening loss, and now UNC coach Larry Fedora might ask that Manning call a little more regularly. The Tar Heels’ offense ran seamlessly in a 53-14 blowout win over North Carolina A&T. (ESPN.com)

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Stanford
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Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(22) Virginia Tech6-39-4
North Carolina5-38-4
Miami5-38-4
(23) Pittsburgh5-38-4
Georgia Tech4-48-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson8-112-1
(13) Louisville7-19-3
(11) Florida State5-39-3
NC State3-56-6
Wake Forest3-56-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-66-6

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