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Expectations for Julius Peppers, 37, with Carolina Panthers? Here are Mike Rucker’s

Mike Rucker and Julius Peppers teamed together for six years with the Carolina Panthers from 2002-07, crashing in toward quarterbacks from their defensive end positions. So Rucker – now a businessman who is also the Panthers’ longtime TV analyst in the preseason – is more well-versed on Peppers than almost anyone you would meet. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC's Quarterback Question Mark

All focus was on the quarterbacks during North Carolina's two-hour offense vs. defense spring game scrimmage on Saturday. Mitch Trubisky's decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft after an incredible and productive junior season has left UNC with a noticeable void at the most important position on the field. (Carolina Blue)

T.J. Yates adds experience to Buffalo Bills' quarterback room

The Bills signed veteran quarterback T.J. Yates on Monday, and the six-year veteran is eager to bring his experience and his knowledge of Rick Dennison's offense to Buffalo. "With experience comes a lot of different things and knowledge of different situations and being in different situations," Yates said in a conference call with the local media on Monday. (Buffalo Bills)

Cleveland Browns split between Mitch Trubisky, Myles Garrett at No. 1 draft selection

The Browns have 'split opinions' between Myles Garrett and Mitch Trubisky at No. 1 overall, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Cleveland has not made up its mind at No. 1, per source'' Schefter tweeted Tuesday. "Some like Myles Garrett, some like Mitchell Trubisky. We will see.' One NFL executive said this week that "Garrett is head and shoulders above Trubisky.'' (Cleveland.com)

Time for Defense to Step Up for Tar Heels

A year of transition—that’s the story line of the Tar Heel football program going from two years of 19 wins and an ACC Coastal Division title to one looking at significant personnel losses to gradation and NFL defections. The sixth UNC team that Larry Fedora will field will certainly be different in one major respect from his first five—the defense is ahead of the offense. (UNCLettermen.com)

Darian Durant debuts as Montreal Alouettes kick off Florida mini-camp

A sign that a new CFL season is upon us arrived Monday, as Darian Durant and the Montreal Alouettes took the field for their annual mini-camp in Vero Beach, Fla. The Als’ new quarterback and a number of other rookies and veterans were on hand as the camp got under way at Historic Dodgertown. “It felt great,” said Durant, acquired by the Als this off-season. (CFL.ca)

Walkon OL Quiron Johnson earning quality reps for Tar Heels

Four months removed from his Reidsville’s 58-12 victory over Edenton Holmes in the NCHSAA State Championship, Quiron Johnson is making a name for himself as a freshman offensive guard at UNC. Johnson said enrolling early was a great way to gain an advantage as a college student and player and has given him time to bond with teammates. (Greensboro News & Record)

Is the ‘ceiling the roof’ for UNC football?

Truth be told, it could be a long season for North Carolina's football team. Who will take over for star quarterback Mitch Trubisky who elected to declare for the NFL draft as a junior? Trubisky leaves some mighty big shoes to fill. The Tar Heels also lost wide receivers Ryan Switzer, Mack Hollins and Bug Howard as well as running backs T.J. Logan and Elijah Hood. (Greensboro News & Record)

Turner's Take: Catching On, Catching Up

It's a year of new beginnings for UNC football, particularly on offense. Come September, when the Tar Heels take the field against Cal, a new quarterback will lead a huddle comprised of a mostly-new offensive line, with new tailbacks and new receivers. The Tar Heels will have to find new playmakers, and there are many young players eager to step into those roles. (GoHeels.com)

Buffalo Bills sign QB T.J. Yates

On Monday the Buffalo Bills signed free agent QB T.J. Yates. The North Carolina product has served mainly as a backup in his NFL career, but made two starts in the playoffs as a rookie for Houston beating Cincinnati in the Wild Card round (31-10). In his 18 regular season appearances, Yates has thrown for 1,352 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions. (Buffalo Bills)

Extra Points: Flip It

For the first time in Larry Fedora’s tenure in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels are clearly ahead on defense. They are talented, experienced and deep on the defensive line. Two of those adjectives apply to the linebacking corps. Half of the secondary must be replaced, but there are some terrific neophytes ready to stake their claim to playing time. (GoHeels.com)

Former UNC football player bags yams to donate to community

A truckload of sweet potatoes arrived at UNC this weekend to be bagged and donated. The process was part of Yam Jam, a new event sponsored by the North Carolina Study Center that aims to provide locally grown sweet potatoes to organizations and people that need food. First Fruits Farm, owned by former UNC football and NFL player Jason Brown, contributed to the event. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chazz Surratt in musical chairs competition for UNC’s starting QB job

North Carolina’s quarterback competition sounded a bit like a game of musical chairs this spring. All three players vying to replace NFL-bound Mitch Trubisky as the Tar Heels’ quarterback got an equal share of the snaps in UNC’s spring game. Sophomore Nathan Elliott, along redshirt freshmen Chazz Surrattt and Logan Byrd all had their moments. (Gaston Gazette)

Young receiver stands out, but still no QB clarity for UNC

Saturday’s spring football game didn’t provide a lot of clarity to North Carolina’s uncertain quarterback situation, especially with graduate transfer Brandon Harris still yet to arrive. But it may just have identified a potential new pass-catching target for whoever ends up winning the job. Sophomore Juval Mollette staked his claim to a prominent role this fall. (North State Journal)

UNC's Defense Ahead of Offense

Jalen Dalton smiled, but didn’t want to rub it in. Dajaun Drennon did the same, chuckling while dismissing a question about the North Carolina defense winning consistently over the offense in spring ball, much like it did in Saturday’s spring game. Andre Smith, however, is not one to hold back. “It’s always nice to be the winner.” Strange days, indeed. (Inside Carolina)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2, TBD Tickets

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6

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