Video: Nazair Jones Making Plays For UNCRedshirt freshman Nazair Jones has fought through illness to become one of the most promising young defensive lineman for the Tar Heels.
Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - MiamiSeth Littrell and Vic Koenning break down what the UNC coaching staff expects to see from Miami when the Tar Heels square off against the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Miami/UNC Insider Q&AMiami’s defense is designed to not give up the big play. Against passing teams, they will look to play various zone coverages and keep receivers in front of them and make tackles in space. Miami will look to force North Carolina to methodically work the ball down the field with long drives. This philosophy can fail if Miami’s secondary can’t make tackles in the open field or they have breakdowns in their coverages. (Carolina Blue)
Fourth Down For WhatBased on the past eight weeks of play, a 30-40 yard field goal is anything but assured points for UNC. Not only does Carolina rarely make field goals, but they’re not likely to be in very many games where only three points does much good anyway. Everything has fallen into place for fascinating case study in fourth down tactics and Larry Fedora may have no choice but to embrace it. (Raleigh & Company)
Tar Heels Seek Third Straight WinThe Miami Hurricanes are riding a two-game winning streak coming into Saturday's game, and they've scored a combined 85 points in those games on the efforts of electric players like junior running back Duke Johnson. Larry Fedora knows stopping the run and managing players like Johnson and freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya are going to be key on Saturday. (GoHeels.com)
UNC defense faces stiff test in Miami, JohnsonMiami poses a much stiffer challenge than the Virginia offense did a week ago. Not only do the Hurricanes have better offensive statistics across the board but they also possess running back Duke Johnson, arguably the best tailback in the ACC. UNC coach Larry Fedora knows the Tar Heels can ill-afford to get off to a slow start and fall behind early in Miami. (Carolina Blue)
One Thing to Watch: MiamiMiami junior running back Duke Johnson is the latest in a long line of terrific tailbacks at The U. In the last 15 years alone, Miami has produced Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis and Edgerrin James, yet Duke Johnson moved into the Top 10 on the schools all-time rushing yards list in just the first game of his junior season. UNC’s open-field tackling woes collide with Johnson on Saturday. (GoHeels.com)
UNC D Prepping for Hurricane OUNC’s defense has shown signs of life in recent weeks. The Tar Heels will have to continue that improvement against an explosive Miami offense on Saturday. After a shaky first half against Virginia last Saturday, the UNC defense finally turned things around in the final two quarters. Head coach Larry Fedora stressed how important it was that his team be ready to play from the opening whistle. (Inside Carolina)
Cincinnati Bengals = UNC NorthThe Cincinnati Bengals are becoming a team where former UNC football players can play and thrive. The former AFC North champions started the season with three Tar Heels on the roster in running back Gio Bernard, wide receiver/returner Brandon Tate, and rookie center Russell Bodine. Now the Bengals haved added former UNC wide receiver Greg Little and after two games, it seems Little might have found a role in the jungle. (Carolina Blue)
St. Louis Rams Add Travis Bond to Practice SquadThe St. Louis Rams have added former UNC offensive lineman Travis Bond to their practice squad. Bond, who spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers last season, was in training camp with the Rams and performed well before struggling in the preseason finale against Miami. The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder has great size and the potential to be a legitimate mauler at guard. (Arch Authority)
Cayson Collins looks to boost UNC's defense against MiamiFor eight weeks Cayson Collins thought too much. He wasn’t confident in what he knew about the defensive system. He constantly worried about making mistakes. His time on the field was limited and when he was in-between the sidelines, he didn’t do much: just six tackles in UNC’s first seven games. Against Virginia on Saturday though, Collins stopped thinking. (Daily Tar Heel)
Carolina Rundown: October 30Marvin Williams had 19 for the Hornets. John Henson had five points for the Bucks. Wayne Ellington had 13 points for the Lakers, and Ed Davis had 14 points and nine rebounds. Harrison Barnes started for the Warriors and scored nine points.Tyler Zeller had six points in his first game for Boston. Tyler Hansbrough had five points. Vince Carter posted four points in his Memphis debut. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Wednesday Football Post-Practice InterviewsLarry Fedora and linebacker Cayson Collins talk Wednesday about getting off to a strong start, stopping Duke Johnson, and preparing for Miami.
Despite drop, Packers won’t hesitate to throw to Julius Peppers againFor years, coaches have been fascinated by the red zone potential of pass-rusher Julius Peppers, considering his size, athleticism and basketball background. The Packers were the latest to try it, and even though a potential touchdown pass clanked off his hands Sunday night, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he wouldn’t hesitate calling Peppers’ number again. (NBC Sports)
Wednesday Larry Fedora QuotesUNC's defense has played better the last couple of weeks. Who are the key players there that are making some improvement for you? Larry Fedora: “Nazair Jones, he gets better every week. Tyler Powell is back healthy, helps us inside. You have Jeff Schoettmer. You have Norkeithus Otis. I would say our safeties are very instrumental for us stopping the run, of fitting where they need to fit.” (Inside Carolina)
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