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Will Julius Peppers return to Carolina Panthers in 2017?

I think Julius Peppers, who at age 37 is about to become a free agent again, will consider coming back to the Panthers to end his career with his original team during the free-agency period in March. That’s assuming the Panthers want him, that Peppers will offer his services at a very reasonable price and that “Pep” doesn’t suddenly decide to retire. (Charlotte Observer)

Mack Hollins may be drafted before teammate Ryan Switzer

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that "many" at the Senior Bowl feel that North Carolina WR Mack Hollins will be drafted ahead of teammate Ryan Switzer. Switzer has drawn praise for his work early on at Senior Bowl practices, but Hollins may be more valued by the NFL at the moment. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Hollins is the type of size/speed prospect that makes scouts salivate. (Rotoworld)

Ryan Switzer wouldn't mind landing in the same place as his college roommate, Mitch Trubisky

Ask former North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer if there's a part of him that wants to follow his former teammate, quarterback Mitch Trubisky, to the same NFL team, and he's not shy. "What? There's not a part of me. There's a whole me," Switzer said. "I would love to play with Mitch at the next level. I'm not shy about saying that would be nice." (Cleveland.com)

Report: Miami Dolphins meet with Ryan Switzer

The Miami Dolphins continue their round of interviews at the Senior Bowl. Team officials recently met with North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer, according to WalterFootball.com. The 5-foot-9 wideout was named an All-American twice after finishing with seven punt returns for touchdowns, one score off the NCAA record. (247 Sports)

Is North Carolina Football trending downward or still ascending into ACC's top tier?

North Carolina appears to be standing at a crossroads. Its 11-win, Coastal Division championship season in 2015 was hailed as the moment when untapped potential had finally been realized. How did the Tar Heels follow that up? With a disappointing 8-5 season, one that featured losses to Duke and NC State. So which direction is North Carolina heading? (ESPN.com)

Russell Bodine earns NFL Proven Performance Escalator for 2017

Bengals center Russell Bodine has earned the Proven Performance Escalator for the 2017 NFL season, which means his base salary will increase from his originally contracted $690,000 to approximately $1,795,325 next season. The precise figure of Bodine’s 2017 base salary will not be known until Restricted Free Agent Qualifying Offers are finalized. (Cincy Jungle)

Ryan Switzer looks to separate from the pack at Senior Bowl

I was a very strong opening day at Senior Bowl practice for North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer. The Tar Heels wide receiver does not command attention upon first sight. He’s an unassuming athlete; checking in Wednesday at the weigh-ins at 5-foot-8.5 and 179 pounds. Yet, it doesn’t take long after hearing him speak of his passion for the game to reel you in. (FanRag Sports)

NFL Coach Quits the Game He Loves to Watch His Sons Play Football

Austin Proehl can’t wait until football season next year. The 21-year- old communications major at Carolina will be a starter, a wide receiver for the Tar Heels, and for the first time in his college career his dad plans to be in the stands for every game. That’s because his dad, Ricky Proehl, is quitting his job as an NFL coach to be able to watch his two sons play football. (People)

UNC Welcomes Back Defensive Line Coach Deke Adams

Deke Adams, who was a member of Larry Fedora’s initial coaching staff at North Carolina, has returned to Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels’ defensive line coach. Adams coached the UNC defensive line in 2012 and also spent three years with Fedora at Southern Miss from 2009-11. “We’re excited to bring Deke and his family back to Chapel Hill,” said Fedora. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Hire Terry Joseph As Defensive Backs Coach

Terry Joseph, who spent the last three seasons at Texas A&M, has been hired as North Carolina’s defensive backs coach, UNC head coach Larry Fedora announced Wednesday. “Terry is an excellent football coach and outstanding recruiter who has a wide range of experience with working Power 5 programs throughout the country,” said Fedora. (GoHeels.com)

Darian Durant comes out firing after signing with Montreal

Darian Durant, who has been described as a gunslinger-style quarterback, fired some parting shots on Friday. The former Saskatchewan Roughriders pivot was critical of Chris Jones, the CFL team’s head coach and general manager during an interview. Jones traded Durant’s rights to the Montreal Alouettes for two draft picks on Jan. 13. (Regina Leader-Post)

Video: 2017 UNC Football Schedule Breakdown with Jones Angell & Taylor Vippolis

Voice of the Tar Heels, Jones Angell, and analyst Taylor Vippolis discuss the Tar Heels' exciting 2017 football schedule, which was announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday. View Video...

At Senior Bowl, UNC’s Ryan Switzer moves past failed pursuit of NCAA record – sort of

Yes, North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer can remember every single penalty. Specifically, he can list the four that came on punt returns – the whistles that stopped him from tying or breaking the NCAA record for punt return touchdowns. He was close, too. He hit seven for the Tar Heels by his junior season, and at that unlucky number he stayed. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC's 2017 Football Schedule Is Released

With the ACC finalizing the 2017 football schedule, UNC’s football schedule is now complete. The Tar Heels will host seven games at Kenan Stadium and play five on the road, including a nonconference game at Old Dominion. UNC will host non-ACC teams California and Western Carolina as well as Notre Dame, which is an ACC member in everything but football. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

10 Toughest Players to Replace in the ACC in 2017

UNC's Mitch Trubisky may be the first quarterback taken in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Mentor, Ohio, product showed in limited action in 2015 that he would be ready to replace outgoing quarterback Marquise Williams. And Trubisky certainly made the most of his starting opportunity. The next line of Tar Heel quarterbacks are much bigger question marks. (Athlon Sports)

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

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

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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