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ICTV: UNC Defense Encouraged, Not Satisfied

After much anticipation, UNC's revamped defense proved to be improved and effective during the matchup against South Carolina, allowing only 17 points. Senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said it's just the first step. "I was encouraged with what we did defensively, but like I said, we're not satisfied with anything," Schoettmer said. (Inside Carolina)

Running back Elijah Hood supports role with Tar Heels

Elijah Hood seemed almost uncomfortable with so much attention regarding his role — or lack thereof — during a crucial segment of UNC’s season-opening loss to South Carolina. He wasn’t on the field for game-defining plays at the end of the 17-13 loss. “I wasn’t too surprised,” Hood said Monday. “There (were) times in the scrimmages that I would get down the field and then would come out.” (Burlington Times News)

A.J. Blue thrilled to be back at UNC as assistant strength coach

After spending a year coaching his son’s Pop Warner football team, A.J. Blue got a phone call last spring he’ll always remember. UNC “coach (Larry) Fedora called me and told me he had a strength job for me and he wanted me to take it,” said Blue, who played for Fedora’s first two Tar Heels’ teams in 2012 and 2013. “I took it and it’s really exciting to be back with football at this level.” (Gaston Gazette)

Lesson Learned: Give Elijah Hood the Ball

During UNC’s heartbreaking 17-13 loss to South Carolina last Thursday there was one player notably missing from the Tar Heels’ final seven offensive plays—sophomore running back Elijah Hood. Head Coach Larry Fedora gambled unsuccessfully late in the game, sacrificing Hood’s power running to try and keep the Gamecock defense off balance with his fast paced no-huddle attack. (Chapelboro.com)

The Baltimore Ravens new quarterback spent last season as a golf course attendant

It's not uncommon to see quarterbacks on the golf course. But to see one behind the clubhouse counter? Not so much. Meet Bryn Renner, the new third-string quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, and every golfer's favorite National Football League player. Renner was the former field general of the University of North Carolina squad. (Golf Digest)

Tar Heels try to clean up mistakes from loss to Gamecocks

Four days had passed since the Tar Heels' mistake-filled performance turned a winnable game into a frustrating loss against South Carolina. Yet Larry Fedora was still trying to answer for what happened, from the three critical interceptions thrown by a fifth-year quarterback to play-calling that anchored the Tar Heels' best weapon to the sideline in key moments. (Associated Press)

Fedora Explains Hood's Absence

When asked about television footage showing Elijah Hood on the edge of the field ready to sub in and ultimately being pulled back by Larry Porter prior to the 3rd-and-goal play, Larry Fedora reiterated that it was “because we’re in the hurry-up mode and we can’t substitute in the hurry-up mode.” However, UNC did substitute on two of the plays in question. (Inside Carolina)

Grading Marquise Williams

While Marquise Williams’ struggles against South Carolina in Thursday’s season-opening loss has been a talking point among fans and media, UNC head coach Larry Fedora believes his quarterback had a solid game with three critical mistakes. “It was not a total game where he couldn’t throw the ball or couldn’t make decisions,” Fedora said during Monday’s press conference. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heel defense turning over new, competent leaf in 2015?

With a new defensive coordinator installing a new, simpler defensive scheme, the Tar Heels are hoping to turn one of the nation’s worst defenses in 2014 into one that’s at least average. After one game, UNC’s defense appeared to be much improved in 2015. The Tar Heels went toe-to-toe with a power-conference opponent, and held it to a measly 17 points. (Greensboro News & Record)

ACC Week 1 Coaching Grades

Larry Fedora, UNC, C: But it’s a low C, because the Tar Heels should have won against South Carolina. The defense and once beleaguered placekicker Nick Weiler each earned solid A’s, and sophomore running back Elijah Hood resembled a cross between Natrone Means and Kelvin Bryant. But the Heels’ play-calling, personnel packaging and red-zone execution were all just weak. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: UNC Football Weekly Press Conference Recap - NC A&T

UNC coach Larry Fedora, Elijah Hood, and Jeff Schoettmer talk about learning from the loss to South Carolina and preparing for the home opener against North Carolina A&T on September 7th, 2015. View Video...

ACC's Week 1 gains are overwhelmed by its losses

When the curtain finally rose on North Carolina’s 2015 campaign, much of the hope built throughout the offseason with the arrival of Gene Chizik to coach the defense and the carryover of 10 starters from last year’s offense was on display. The ground game exploded, with Elijah Hood appearing to be a star in the making. The defense was vastly improved. (ESPN.com)

UNC Football Week One Report Card

The Tar Heels brought high hopes and expectations of a win into Bank of America Stadium on Thursday before a frustrating loss to South Carolina. The game featured two terrible interceptions by Marquise Williams and questionable play calling by Larry Fedora. The Heels will have a rebound game next week in their home opener against NC A&T. On to the grades: (Tar Heel Blog)

Extra Points: War Games

There are battle plans and game plans. You might don a thermoplastic shell with a camouflage fabric cover for one or a Carolina blue football helmet with an argyle design for the other. “Our worlds have so many similarities,” Marine Master Sergeant Jamey Slife says at the end of the battle that’s just waged front of him Thursday evening in Charlotte. (GoHeels.com)

Bryn Renner, Golf Club Assistant To NFL Quarterback

This time last year, Bryn Renner was working at a golf course in North Carolina as a regular-Joe employee, getting the carts ready to go in the morning, fixing them when they broke down and cleaning them after each round. It’s all part of Renner’s atypical journey the past two years – from big-time college quarterback to golf course employee and now to the Ravens’ 10-man practice squad. (Baltimore Ravens)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 28
Fri, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Stanford
Fri, Dec 30, 2:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
at Virginia Tech35
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(22) Virginia Tech6-39-4
North Carolina5-38-4
(23) Pittsburgh5-38-4
Georgia Tech4-48-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson8-112-1
(13) Louisville7-19-3
(11) Florida State5-39-3
NC State3-56-6
Wake Forest3-56-6
Boston College2-66-6

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