Former Hoggard High School coach happy for Jonathan CooperThis week one of Wilmington’s own got a change of scenery after he signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Jonathan Cooper was cut by the Cleveland Browns, the team with the worst record in the NFL, and now has the chance to play for the super bowl. Before Jonathan Cooper was in the NFL, he was a football stand-out at Hoggard High School. (WWAY)
Five things to know about Eric Ebron, his thoughts on playoff gameOn Saturday night, the Lions will be playing in their third straight nationally televised game. "I'm cool with it, the more cameras the more fun,'' said tight end Eric Ebron with a big laugh. "It doesn't bother me at all.'' Of course, this one will be a little different since it's wild-card playoff game at the Seattle Seahawks who are heavily favored. (Oakland Press)
Dolphins backup QB T.J. Yates familiar with Matt Moore's playoff challengeT.J. Yates glances at his fellow backup quarterbacks starting playoff games this weekend and smiles. “I was obviously in that situation at one point,” said Yates, now the Dolphins' backup, who started and won Houston’s first-ever playoff game as a rookie in 2011. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Video: Switzerland! Ryan Switzer 2016 Senior HighlightsSenior season highlights of North Carolina's most prolific wide receiver, Ryan Switzer.
McCarthy: ‘When Julius Peppers speaks, everybody listens’The Green Bay Packers selected its playoff captains prior to Sunday’s playoff matchup with the New York Giants. For the third consecutive year, 15-year veteran Julius Peppers was among the six selected. “It shows the impact he has in our locker room,” coach Mike McCarthy said. "When he speaks, everybody listens. He’s done a phenomenal job with our young players." (Green Bay Packers)
Elijah Hood reverses field, opts to enter 2017 NFL draftThree weeks after saying he'd return to UNC next season, junior running back Elijah Hood announced Friday he's foregoing his final season to enter the NFL draft. Hood skipped UNC's Sun Bowl appearance for medical reasons, but stated his intentions to play for the Tar Heels next fall. Those statements made Friday's development more surprising. (Fayetteville Observer)
Former UNC players enter NFL playoffsThe 2017 NFL playoffs begin on Saturday with the wildcard round. A number of former North Carolina players will be in action on Saturday and Sunday and into the playoffs. Below are the Tar Heels that could see action this weekend in the NFL playoffs. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Ryan Switzer UNC Career HighlightsCareer highlights from the Tar Heels' record-breaking receiver Ryan Switzer, who recently graduated from UNC and is currently pursuing his lifelong dream as he prepares for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Cut by Browns, Jonathan Cooper now “blessed” to be playoff-bound with CowboysThe Cleveland Browns waived Jonathan Cooper three days after their only victory of the season. Some guys have all the luck. Cooper signed with the Cowboys on Tuesday.“Oh, man, I’m very fortunate,” Cooper said. “I’m very blessed for this opportunity, and I’m grateful. I’m very grateful and humbled by the opportunity." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Video: Elijah Hood Declares for NFL DraftNorth Carolina junior running back Elijah Hood declared for the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday. Relive some of Hood's most memorable moments in Tar Heel blue with this video tribute from GoHeels.com.
Elijah Hood Declares For The 2017 NFL DraftUniversity of North Carolina junior tailback Elijah Hood has elected to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. “This was a difficult decision, but after gathering more information and talking with my family, I believe it is in my best interest to declare for the NFL Draft and pursue my dream of being a professional football player,” said Hood. (GoHeels.com)
Can UNC’s defense take a step forward in 2017?UNC is losing three defensive starters to graduation — cornerback Des Lawrence, defensive end Mikey Bart and safety Dominquie Green. In addition, defensive tackle Nazair Jones has declared for the NFL Draft. All other starters are returning. That list includes cornerback M.J. Stewart and safety Donnie Miles, who each considered entering the 2017 NFL Draft. (ACC Sports Journal)
Tar Heel RB Elijah Hood reconsidering NFL draft decision?North Carolina running back Elijah Hood announced on Dec. 22 that he will return to Chapel Hill for his senior season in 2017. According to a report by CBS Sports, that decision might not be final: "Word out of Chapel Hill is RB Elijah Hood is having second thoughts and is now leaning towards entering the NFL Draft. Stay tuned…" (ACC Sports Journal)
Audio: Bryn Renner opens up on joining Butch Davis' staff, playing careerWRAL's Mandy Mitchell catches up with former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner and talks about his time at Carolina, his NFL career, and joining Butch Davis' staff at Florida International University on the latest Conversations podcast. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Bowls boost ACC QBs' stockMitch Trubisky had a flat performance – by his standards – but the college football bowl season turned out to be just as fruitful for ACC quarterbacks as the league itself, which has won eight of 11 bowls thus far. At day’s end, Trubisky’s stock slipped some but not very much and yet to come in the pre-draft process are Combines and private workouts. (WRAL Sports Fan)
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