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Eric Ebron makes catch, waits for more in rookie year

Eric Ebron has one thing out of the way. But how about a touchdown? Ebron, the former Greensboro Smith High School and University of North Carolina player, made his first NFL reception in a return to his home state Sunday. “I don’t have a touchdown,” the tight end said. “I have a catch. It’s not the same.” (Burlington Times-News)

Tracking the Julius Peppers expectations to Green Bay

Julius Peppers has always dealt with hype and expectations — from Bailey, N.C., to Chapel Hill, N.C., to the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears and now the Green Bay Packers. He sat down with The Journal Sentinel before the season to talk all about it. From an evolving relationship with his father to a historically bad year for Chicago’s defense, he brings a unique perspective to Green Bay’s defense. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

No longer an underdog, is ECU ready for its next challenge?

ECU is a 2½-point favorite at home against rival North Carolina on Saturday – even though the Tar Heels are No. 25 in the current coaches poll and the Pirates aren’t ranked. What’s more, it’s UNC not ECU that comes into the game with the proverbial chip on its shoulder after getting knocked around at home last season in a 55-31 loss to a rival it once considered – and many still consider – inferior. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC receivers at full strength for ECU

Heading into their game against ECU, the UNC wide receivers feel positioned for their best performance of the season. For the first time this season, the UNC receivers are at full strength and are ready to live up to the ‘freaks’ persona they’ve adopted under the tutoring of wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer. (THT Note: "FREAKS" was originally coined by UNC WR Steven Jerry in 1991, the same year the DBs named themselves the "Rude Boyz".) (Carolina Blue)

Shaun Draughn released by Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears made a slew of roster moves on Tuesday afternoon. The biggest news of the day was the decision to sign cornerback Isaiah Frey off of the team’s practice squad. In order to make room for receiver Rashad Ross and Frey, the Bears cut three players from their 53-man roster, with Shaun Draughn, Chris Williams, and Matthew Mulligan all being let go by the team. (NBC Chicago)

T.J. Thorpe Returning in Limited Role

Junior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe will return to No. 25 UNC’s lineup on Saturday for the first time since breaking his left foot for a third time six weeks ago. “I don’t know if I’ll be on the field taking a majority of the reps, but I know I’ll be out there with the guys,” Thorpe told reporters following Tuesday’s practice. “I will be dressed out. God willing, if this [ankle] stays up through the week, then I’ll be out there.” (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC Football Thursday Players Post-Practice Interviews

UNC guard Jared Cohen talks stepping into a starting role and wide receiver Bug Howard discusses facing a high-pressure defense in ECU. View Video...

Veteran Tar Heels Prepping UNC Youth for Saturday Showdown

The No. 25 UNC football team is busy preparing for the in-state showdown at East Carolina Saturday afternoon in Greenville. In particular, the veteran Tar Heels are mentally preparing the underclassmen for the hostility that awaits them in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (Chapelboro.com)

Marvin Austin excused by Broncos after father involved in serious car crash in N.C.

Marvin Austin took a red-eye flight to North Carolina on Sunday night after his father was involved in a serious car accident. The Broncos excused the defensive tackle and will provide any support he needs during this crisis. (Denver Post)

UNC vs ECU Insider Q&A

ECU brings an up-tempo offense to the table that excels in getting the ball to its playmakers in space. Against Virginia Tech, the Pirates hit a number of deep balls against an aggressive man coverage defense that the Hokies employed. North Carolina, meanwhile, plays a different style of defense, so we may see more shorter and intermediate throws this week. (Carolina Blue)

Broncos Q&A: Marvin Austin's résumé says no longer "a nobody"

Marvin Austin experienced a dizzying spiral. Entering his senior season at North Carolina, he was one of college football's top defensive tackles. Before he could get drafted, he absorbed the first of two punches to his career, adversity that led him to the Broncos. North Carolina dismissed Austin because of his dealings with an agent. "Overnight, I was a nobody," Austin said. (Denver Post)

How The Tar Heels Spent Their Bye Week

After a 2-0 start, the Tar Heel football team had Saturday off. Here's how they spent last week as they prepare to face East Carolina this weekend. “We are getting guys back like Norkeithus Otis. The bye week gives them time to recover and hopefully we’ll have them back for ECU. It also helps us to prepare for ECU more and work on fundamental things.” – Quarterback Marquise Williams (GoHeels.com)

ACC Upset Watch: Week 4

3. North Carolina (2-0) at East Carolina (2-1), 3:30 p.m., ESPNU. Line: East Carolina by 2. The Pirates are riding high after their win against Virginia Tech, and have something else going for them, too -- they embarrassed North Carolina in Chapel Hill last season. UNC can score with the best of them, and with a week off to prepare, the Tar Heels will be ready. (ESPN.com)

Opponent Preview: ECU

The Pirates embarrassed the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill last year and now it's North Carolina's turn to go to Greenville and earn a win. That's easier said than done however, ECU returns starting quarterback Shane Carden one of the best passers in the nation. Carden must be contained for a Heel's win. (Tar Heel Blog)

What Do Blake Anderson, A Prank on Bryn Renner and Fainting Goats Have In Common?

Sounds like the start of a joke. Former UNC offensive coordinator and first year Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson decided to have a little fun during a fake punt against Miami on Saturday. He instructed one of the players to "faint" on the field. As it turns out, Anderson told NFL.com's Chase Goodbread the inspiration came from his time at UNC. (Tar Heel Blog)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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