Georgia coach Kirby Smart has optimistic take on Nick Chubb's status for UNCKirby Smart isn’t ready to say star running back Nick Chubb will be ready for Georgia’s opener against North Carolina on September 3, but it seems as if he isn't far from reaching that point. “It’s pointing in that direction,” Smart said when asked if Chubb will be back for the Tar Heels. (Dawgs247)
UNC’s defensive line has the depth to compete in 2016The first 11 games of 2015 saw an overall turnaround for the UNC defense. Unfortunately, Carolina fell apart down the stretch allowing 1,272 rushing yards in the final three games. Baylor, of course, was responsible for 645 of those yards. Despite the end of 2015, UNC has enough depth to expect their best performance in years on the defensive line. (Tar Heel Blog)
Little Separation In Key Position BattlesThe two position battles that have generated the most chatter during fall camp have been as Mitch Trubisky’s backup at quarterback and the starting right guard spot. And 14 practices in, it appears little if anything has been settled since camp began. That’s not all a bad thing, though. Separation is desired, but coaches love competition. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Brandon Fritts Thursday Post-Practice InterviewUNC tight end Brandon Fritts spoke with Tar Heel Illustrated following Thursday's pre-season practice. Fritts, who was the favorite receiving target of UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky in high school, discussed his relationship with Trubisky, his role in the offense, and his relationship with tight ends coach Chad Scott.
UNC star runner Elijah Hood interns for NC General AssemblyLast season, Elijah Hood finished with the second-highest single-season rushing total in UNC history, but ahead of his junior campaign, the running back took on a new trail during this election season. The Information Sciences major dipped his toe into politics this summer by serving an internship with the North Carolina General Assembly. (ABC 11)
Video: UNC's Explosive Offense - Meet The PlaymakersNorth Carolina's offense in 2015 was one of the most explosive in college football. The Tar Heels amassed 40.7 points per game, leading the ACC. Meet the playmakers of that dynamic offense heading into the 2016 season.
Larry Fedora Thursday Post-Practice QuotesIf something happen to Mitch Trubisky today, what would happen? Larry Fedora: "Either Caleb Henderson or Nathaniel Elliott would go. Its a little bit different. We have had clarity at the one right off the bat, so now all of our focus has been on the next two guys and their competition, where in the past that competition has been for the ones." (Carolina Blue)
Coach Kap on UNC's right guard openingUNC's offensive coordinator and line coach Chris Kapilovic on the right guard competition: "We are still rotating Brad Henson, Tommy Hatton, R.J. Prince. Still getting a feel. A few of those guys are getting it a little better than the others. We have to develop multiple centers and we have to develop multiple guards." (Carolina Blue)
Rookie WR Quinshad Davis continues to make unexpected Lions roster caseQuinshad Davis has been impossible to miss during training camp, and a big part of that is his sheer size. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, he is Detroit's biggest receiver, and that has some people in Allen Park curious about just how good this guy could be with some polish. (MLive.com)
UNC's Caleb Peterson Enjoying the GameCaleb Peterson has been having fun throughout his four years in a Tar Heel uniform alongside of best friend and starting right tackle Jon Heck. If both linemen stay healthy this season, they will each have a chance to break the current UNC career starts record of 49, which is held by former offensive tackle James Hurst. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels Rise & GrindThursday marked the 14th practice of UNC's training camp, and the 11th day since practice began on Aug. 5 to top 90 degrees. It’s been blazing hot at Navy Fields. During media interviews after practice, the index rose to 104. "This has been the hottest, most humid training camp that we've had," senior left guard Caleb Peterson said. (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC Football 2016 Position Breakdown - Defensive BacksNorth Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren breaks down the 'Rude Boyz' of the Tar Heel secondary.
Elijah Hood: The Most Interesting Man in Chapel HillFor Elijah Hood–a former Eagle Scout who maintains a GPA above 3.8—comparisons to mortals don’t do him justice. He consistently seeks out new and exciting off-the-field opportunities in an effort to expand his worldview—a trait coach Larry Fedora says sets him apart. The job Hood took this past summer was with the North Carolina General Assembly. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC football must avoid falling into Pittsburgh’s trap in week 4Expectations are high for UNC football. An overwhelming favorite to repeat as Coastal Division champions, they have a massive target on their back. Some may scoff, expecting a collapse after an unexpected 11-1 season. In a division that has been among the most unpredictable over the past 10 years, it’s hard to begrudge anybody for rolling their eyes. (Tar Heel Blog)
Tar Heels aim to stop run, continue defensive turnWhile North Carolina's record-setting offense commanded headlines, the Tar Heels' defensive improvement from awful to merely adequate was a key factor in matching a school record with 11 wins. For defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, the next step for that unit is obvious entering the opener against Georgia and beyond. (Associated Press)
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