The best Tar Heels to not be selected in the NFL DraftIt seems unthinkable that Jeff Saturday wasn’t actually drafted. However, after a four-year UNC career that included an All-ACC selection, Saturday was not selected in 1998. Thirteen years later, Saturday retired as a Super Bowl champion and a six-time Pro Bowler. The longest NFL career by a former North Carolina player belongs to Ethan Albright. (Tar Heel Blog)
Inside Mitch Trubisky's rise from the bench to the first roundAt Mitch Trubisky's pro day at UNC on March 21, a line of scouts and coaches watched as he changed his shoes, stretched his legs and joked with his ex-teammates for more than two hours before he began throwing. An NFL quarterbacks coach, without taking his eyes off Trubisky, said, "I'm not looking so much at how he throws but how he handles the day." (ESPN.com)
Video: Gruden's QB Camp with Mitchell TrubiskyFormer North Carolina quarterback and top NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky is featured on John Gruden's Quarterback Camp TV show on ESPN.
Video: Mitch or Mitchell Trubisky? Try ‘Mr. Biscuit’Former North Carolina quarterback and potential high NFL draft pick Mitchell Trubisky explained the controversy around his name during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show recently.
Austin Proehl leads group of young, inexperienced receiversGone are Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard, and Mack Hollins. The only wide receiver returnee in terms of production is senior Austin Proehl. During the 2016 season, Proehl had 43 catches for 597 yards and three touchdowns. A 5-10 Charlotte native, Proehl stepped into a starting role when Hollins when down with an injury midway through the season. (Carolina Blue)
Ranking the ACC's Toughest Football Schedules in 20179. North Carolina: The Tar Heels have an interesting non-conference slate with visits from Cal and Notre Dame. The crossover games are tough, as Louisville at home and the trip to NC State gives UNC games against two of the top four teams in the Atlantic. The road games within the division are also rough with visits to the three of the top four Coastal teams. (Athlon Sports)
Carolina Panthers Safety Tre Boston Talking ‘Man-to-Man’ to Lee County YouthTre Boston spends significant amounts of off-season time, back home in Lee County (Fla.) visiting school children. His messages impart hope, address the value of education and depict the burdens that accompany a lack of formal education. Recognizing the blessings in his own life, Boston shares the life benefits of hard work and good decision making. (Lee Herald)
New faces step up at receiver in North Carolina spring gameFor anyone watching North Carolina Tar Heels’ spring game this past Saturday, keeping up mostly involved two tasks: watching the plays and checking the roster in between. That’s because many of the players getting first-team reps this spring are immersed in significant action for the first time. The Tar Heels said goodbye to a lot of talent this offseason. (FanRag Sports)
Endowment fund named for Bill DooleyJohn Bunting makes it clear his college football coach was about more than Xs and Os. “Coach Dooley always wanted his players to become good citizens,” said Bunting of the late Bill Dooley, who coached the former NFL player at UNC. On Friday, he represented the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame in its announcement of the Coach Bill Dooley Education Endowment Fund. (Wilmington Star News)
Audio: What do NFL scouts make of Ryan Switzer?USA Today’s Luke Easterling joined The David Glenn Show this week to discuss all things NFL Draft. Among the players discussed was North Carolina‘s Ryan Switzer. Switzer rewrote UNC’s record books during his four years in Chapel Hill. CBS Sports projects him as a fourth- or fifth-round pick. Does Easterling think he should be higher or lower? (ACC Sports Journal)
Video: Mack Hollins North Carolina Tribute - AgainFrom freshman walk-on at North Carolina to NFL Draft prospect, here's a video tribute to the college career of Tar Heels wide receiver, special teams ace, and team leader Mack Hollins.
UNC's defensive line strives for physicality above allNorth Carolina's defensive line has depth, size, speed, and experience. But in Spring practice, they worked for one trait more than any other. Physicality. “One of our points of emphasis has been being the most physical defensive line. So we have been trying to dominate the offensive line and get push back," said defensive end Dajaun Drennon. (Carolina Blue)
Bentley Spain on his move to guard, building depth along young OLOne piece of significant news coming out of spring practice was the amount of reps that long-time left tackle starter Bentley Spain was getting at guard. Now entering his senior season, Spain told CarolinaBlue that he roughly spent half of spring at left guard, allowing William Sweet and Charlie Heck to gain first team reps at left and right tackle, respectively. (Carolina Blue)
Why did ESPN, CBS Sports Network pass on ODU's home game against North Carolina?ESPN and CBS Sports Network both took a pass last week on televising ODU’s Sept. 16 home football game against North Carolina. That was stunning, given UNC’s national profile and the fact that ODU is coming off a 10-win season and its first bowl victory. That follows a similar snub in 2015, when the networks also failed to broadcast ODU’s home game with NC State. (The Virginian-Pilot)
Mitch Trubisky taking pre-draft visit to Jets Thursday, report saysThe Jets haven't finished their homework on Mitch Trubisky yet. After meeting with him at the NFL Combine, taking a trip to his Pro Day and working him out privately, the Jets are expected to host the UNC quarterback for a pre-draft visit. Trubisky should be at One Jets Drive this afternoon. Depending on who you ask, Trubisky is the top quarterback in this year's class. (NJ.com)
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