Tar Heels Scheming to Contain GolsonNorth Carolina’s defensive success against No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday will be determined by its ability to limit quarterback Everett Golson's effectiveness with the ball in his hand. Golson, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. talent who committed to UNC prior to signing with the Irish in 2011, has inserted himself in the Heisman Trophy conversation after leading Notre Dame to a 5-0 start. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Wednesday Football Post-Practice InterviewsLarry Fedora and Ryan Mangum discuss intensity in practice, focusing on the details, and preparing for Notre Dame on October 8, 2014.
Extra Points: Wake Up This EchoThe image is one of the most revered in the annuals of Tar Heel football and comes from the lens of photographer Bob Donnan on a gray day in Kenan Stadium in 2008. Quarterback Cam Sexton is leaping over a diving and would-be Notre Dame tackler at the goal line. Another Fighting Irish defender comes from the right— too little, too late. (GoHeels.com)
Checking In With Junior GnonkondeJunior Gnonkonde isn’t your typical college football player. He’s billed from Lakeland, Ga., but that’s only part of the story. Gnonkonde came to the United States from Côte d’Ivoire in 2008, but he also displayed the athleticism to succeed in track and field and basketball. He was part of Larry Fedora’s first recruiting class at UNC and is now used at bandit on base and money packages. (GoHeels.com)
I'm A Tar Heel: Landon TurnerDear Tar Heel Fans, As we prepare to take on Notre Dame, I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you. As we continue to battle in this season, we want to reach out to let you know how appreciative we are of your incredible support...We couldn't be here without you and your continued enthusiasm will elevate us to great heights this season. Sincerely, Landon Turner (GoHeels.com)
Julius Peppers wins NFC defensive player of the weekThe fact Julius Peppers is playing outside linebacker in Green Bay makes this different from his previous stops. But he’s still producing at a high level. Peppers was named the NFC defensive player of the week after last week’s outburst against the Vikings. Peppers had a half a sack, but more impressive was his interception and 49-yard touchdown return, outrunning a Vikings running back in the process. (NBC Sports)
UNC Offensive Line Under FireWhile there are quarterback issues in play, the root of the problem begins up front. Marquise Williams was sacked five times in Saturday’s loss to Virginia Tech and assistant head coach for offense Seth Littrell scrapped the traditional ground game – UNC’s running backs totaled 15 yards on nine carries – to rely on Williams’ scrambling ability. (Inside Carolina)
Caleb Pressley's rise in popularityThe University of North Carolina's Supervisor of Morale Caleb Pressley has had an interesting autumn as he has seen his popularity rise from a local legend to a regional star and now a nationwide phenomenon. Pressley is technically a student manager who serves in a leadership role on the football team as a resource for players. (Carolina Blue)
Breakin’ It Down: Notre DameUNC hits the road to South Bend this weekend for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Notre Dame. The Tar Heels will face an undefeated Fighting Irish squad that is 5-0 and coming off a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback win over Stanford. UNC and Notre Dame will meet for the 19th time in a series that dates back to 1949. The Tar Heels trail the all-time series, only managing to emerge victorious on two occasions. (OakeSports)
Baltimore Ravens Claim Ryan Taylor Off WaiversThe Ravens were awarded tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers from the Green Bay Packers and have cut tight end Phillip Supernaw from their roster to make room. Taylor was cut Monday by Green Bay. The 6-foot-3, 254-pounder played in 50 games for the Packers after being drafted in the seventh round in 2011 out of North Carolina. He's primarily regarded as a blocking tight end.
Florida State looming, but Notre Dame focused on UNCIt’s tempting to look ahead to Oct. 18. That’s when Notre Dame travels to Florida State in what might be an epic top-10 showdown. There will be plenty of storylines for that game, including the intriguing quarterback battle between Everett Golson and Jameis Winston. But the Irish have to get past North Carolina first. The Tar Heels (2-3) have dropped three consecutive games and have allowed 70, 50 and 34 points in those losses. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Larry Fedora Radio Show QuotesWhat are some of your recruiting priorities? Larry Fedora: “We want to bring in about four offensive linemen. We’d like to bring in a couple of D-linemen – a D-end, D-tackle. We’d like to bring in a bandit. We really need somebody at each position. It’s not like we have a position that we feel good about right now that we don’t need guys, so we need to bring in some depth." (Inside Carolina)
Elijah Hood talks UNC, Notre Dame recruitmentWhen Elijah Hood steps onto the field at Notre Dame Saturday, it'll be his first time experiencing the game day atmosphere in South Bend. That's odd for a five-star running back who was committed to going there and made quite a few trips to the school. But somehow, Hood never made it for a football game, and now the once-Notre Dame commit will enter the stadium wearing a helmet with an interlocking NC. (Carolina Blue)
Video: UNC Football Tuesday Post-Practice InterviewsMarquise Williams, Ryan Switzer and Elijah Hood discuss what the Tar Heels need to do to be successful at Notre Dame.
Kevin Reddick waived by ChargersKevin Reddick was waived by the Chargers on Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. A fixture on the Saints' special teams in 2013, Reddick made a minimal impact on the Chargers' unit in two games this season, recording just one tackle. He's now free to explore his opportunities elsewhere, but Reddick may up settling for a job on a practice squad. (RotoWire)
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