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10 most important players for 2015 - No. 10

Which Tar Heel football players are most important for UNC this season? No. 10 - WR Quinshad Davis: The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior receiver returns to action after breaking his leg in UNC's bowl game against Rutgers. Accordingly, to all accounts Davis is back 100%. Admittedly, the first two weeks of camp have been good for helping him readjust to the speed and physicality of the game. (Carolina Blue)

Guard Will Dancy out for season

UNC senior offensive guard Will Dancy is out for the 2015 season. He plans to return for 2016. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Dancy posted a picture of himself on instagram in a hospital bed with the caption "I'll see you on the field in 2016." Dancy was slotted as a second team guard for the Tar Heels. He also was looked at as a potential back-up center. (Carolina Blue)

Sophomore linebacker Cayson Collins makes his case for a starting position

With 17 days until the Tar Heels’ season opener against South Carolina, sophomore Cayson Collins is battling junior Joe Jackson for the final starting outside linebacker position. After practice, Collins turns to roommate and senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer to see how he can help his chances. “He’s always willing to learn,” Schoettmer said. “He’s not satisfied with where he is.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Q&A with former UNC football coach Mack Brown

What moments do you think about when you reflect on your time at UNC? Mack Brown: "The first one would be the first year we beat N.C. State (in 1993). That was important. We dominated Duke. I think we lost to them (two) time(s) in 10 years. The in-state games were very important to us, and we pretty much won them after we got the State game straightened out a little bit." (Daily Tar Heel)

'A coach's dream:' running back Elijah Hood returns smarter, faster

“My concern with Elijah Hood is how hard he practices every day. Every single day,” Larry Fedora said. “I’ve got to make sure that however he plays on September 3 (against South Carolina), he’s still playing that way in that first weekend in December. We have got to do a great job of managing him. He is a coach’s dream on the way he practices, no doubt about it.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Dajuan Drennon: "We know that the defense starts with us"

The defensive line is one position group that head coach Larry Fedora mentioned as making big strides in camp. At Wednesday's UNC media day, sophomores Dajaun Drennon and Nazair Jones discussed defensive line improvements, differences this season, Coach Tray Scott, and players standing out from preseason camp. (Carolina Blue)

Where Are They Now? Checking in on Cam Holland

After two brief stints in the NFL, Cam Holland started substitute teaching to pay bills and before long, got a full-time offer. Holland enjoyed sharing his love for science but couldn’t forget about his dream. He quit his job at the end of the year to take a post-baccalaureate program at UNC-G, which he finished with a 4.1 GPA, and enrolled in the Medical Education Development program at UNC. (Inside Carolina)

Former UNC LB Quincy Monk improving, supporters say

Former UNC linebacker Quincy Monk’s battle with cancer has trended upward. He’s been too weak for chemotherapy, but that situation is changing, and he may be able to start those treatments early this week, according to Kory Bailey, Monk’s former UNC teammate. After bouncing back from a stroke in June, Monk was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels trust QB to keep senses

Keeping quarterback Marquise Williams’ confidence in check is one thing the North Carolina coaching staff will be monitoring this season. “Confidence never really leaves me,” Williams said. And because of that, coach Larry Fedora also recognizes the need for Williams to make more calculated decisions, especially when it comes to his physical preservation. (Burlington Times News)

QB Bryn Renner Reacts To His Dramatic Finish

Bryn Renner had never taken an NFL snap before Thursday’s preseason opener against the Saints. And he couldn’t have written a better script for how it ended. The Ravens’ third-string quarterback orchestrated a 14-play, 80-yard drive in the final two minutes to give the Ravens a thrilling 30-27 comeback victory. Renner was swarmed by teammates and coaches as he ran to the sidelines. (Baltimore Ravens)

North Carolina needs a leap on defense

The Tar Heels have done no better than a split of their first four games in any of Fedora's three seasons, and had to scramble to become bowl-eligible after starting 1-5 in 2013 and 2-4 last season. With two FCS opponents and a visit from Illinois in September, Carolina should be no worse than 3-1 in the season's first month. But it also has to get seven victories to qualify for the postseason. (Syracuse.com)

New Orleans Saints tight end Jack Tabb has torn ACL, source says

New Orleans Saints rookie tight end Jack Tabb had surgery to repair a torn ACL, according to a source. Tabb, 23, was carted off from practice last Thursday after injuring his knee while trying to make a play in the end zone. He was placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers last week. The 6-3, 250 pound Tabb was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

UNC offensive tackle RJ Prince cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession

North Carolina redshirt sophomore offensive tackle R.J. Prince will face misdemeanor charges after being cited for marijuana possession up to half an ounce, according to Orange County court records. He will appear in court on Oct. 27. He has already served his punishment and has been reinstated on the team, according to a UNC team spokesman. (Daily Tar Heel)

Bryn Renner needed short memory to get to memorable game-winning touchdown

It was a moment Bryn Renner will admit he shouldn’t have been in — his team down 27-23, after the Saints turned an interception he threw into the would-be game-winning touchdown. But in his NFL debut, the Ravens’ third-string quarterback orchestrated a 14-play, 80-yard drive capped by a diving bootleg into the end-zone with nine seconds to play that gave them a 30-27 win. (Baltimore Sun)

Chizik ‘tackles’ difficult task of improving UNC defense with new scheme, attitude

The UNC football team has a new defensive coordinator and a new, less-complicated defensive scheme. But before the Tar Heels can become a new and improved defensive unit, it must first learn to master one familiar old concept. “For us to see some dynamic change, we’ve got to be just light years above where we were last year in terms of tackling,” said Gene Chizik. (Wilmington Star News)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 35
Virginia: 14
Sat, Oct 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Nov 5, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Thu, Nov 10, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. The Citadel
Sat, Nov 19, TBD Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Virginia Tech0
at Pittsburgh0
THU, OCT 27 7:00 PM ET
at Virginia0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 29 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Notre Dame0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 29 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(21) North Carolina4-16-2
(25) Virginia Tech3-15-2
Georgia Tech1-34-3

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Clemson4-07-0
(5) Louisville4-16-1
(12) Florida State2-25-2
Wake Forest2-25-2
NC State1-24-3
Boston College0-43-4

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