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UNC punter Tom Sheldon had big year for Tar Heels

One of those bright spots in Australian punter Tom Sheldon. The 27-year-old is a freshman at UNC and had a fantastic first year for the Tar Heels Football team. Sheldon is from Echuca, Victoria, Australia and was a member of the Aussie Rules Football club, the same one that New York Giants punter Brad Wing is from. (Keeping It Heel)

Who Tar Heels fans should root for in the NFL Playoffs

The Green Bay Packers employ probably the NFL’s most prominent Tar Heel, Julius Peppers. He’s still rushing the passer effectively, accruing 7.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles on the year. The only thing missing from his resume is a Super Bowl ring before he likely becomes UNC’s third Pro Football Hall of Famer. The Packers host the New York Giants on Sunday. (Tar Heel Blog)

NFL Draft decision looms for North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky

His high school coach hasn't heard a thing. Nor has a former Mentor and current college teammate. Even his family is waiting to find out the big decision. That decision is if North Carolina quarterback and Mentor graduate Mitch Trubisky is declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft or returning for his senior season in Chapel Hill, N.C. (The News-Herald)

A New Year for UNC Football

The Tar Heels conclude the 2016 season with an 8-5 record and now have the contrasts of an 11-1 regular season in 2015 with an 8-4 ledger one year later—with many of the same players. The difference was a play here, a play there. “You don’t flush it,” Larry Fedora said of moving on to 2017. “You let it eat at you the whole rest of the year until you play again." (UNC Lettermen)

Jonathan Cooper Signs With Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys signed free agent guard Jonathan Cooper on Wednesday to provide depth during the playoffs. Cooper, a former 2013 first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, was released last week by the Cleveland Browns. He was traded by the Cardinals to the New England Patriots in the off-season before being released in October and joining the Browns. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Dallas Cowboys work out former first-rounder Jonathan Cooper

The Dallas Cowboys have worked out former first-round pick, guard Jonathan Cooper, according to multiple sources, and are discussing whether to add him to the active roster. Cooper, who was the seventh overall pick in 2013 by the Arizona Cardinals, was released last week by the Cleveland Browns. He started three of the five games he played for the Browns. (ESPN.com)

T.J. Yates's tips for success as an unknown, untested playoff starting QB

Brock Osweiler, the $72 million clunker of a quarterback, will start for the Texans over currently concussed Tom Savage. Rookie Connor Cook is the likely starter for Oakland now that Derek Carr is out with a broken leg and backup Matt McGloin is nursing an injured shoulder. T.J. Yates knows about nationally unheralded postseason games like this one. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC Football: A sweet spot in time

The 2016 Sun Bowl marked North Carolina’s thirty-third bowl appearance going back to the 1947 Sugar Bowl. Of the thirty-two previous games, the Tar Heels have won fourteen going back to the 1963 Gator Bowl. Hugh Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard takes a look back at the 1963 season and Carolina’s first bowl win played fifty-three years ago. (UNC.edu)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Weekend Recap

The latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast recaps the football team's heartbreaking loss in the Sun Bowl, as well as the men's basketball team's loss at Georgia Tech to begin ACC play. Join hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com for all the latest Carolina news to start the new year. (GoHeels.com)

Julius Peppers on Dean Smith

Julius Peppers: "I used to see Coach Smith all the time. He used to always hang around the practices, even though he wasn't the coach. He was the greatest coach of all time in college basketball, and we learned so many things from him off the court. How to be a man. Coach Smith, he taught us a lot. And just acknowledging of others who helped you." (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)

Comparing UNC's 2016 defense to recent UNC defenses

The North Carolina defense showed some signs of improvement, but also had some moments of disappointment. Let's look at the numbers to see how they matched up against past Larry Fedora-coached UNC teams. UNC ranked 46th in the nation this year giving up just over 26 points per game. This is a continued improvement over 2014. (Carolina Blue)

Extra Points: Sun Belt

Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels are at an important juncture entering year six. They’re losing some excellent seniors but are anxious to see if a roster no longer burdened by scholarship restrictions can self-perpetuate. The defense played its best game of the year against Stanford, and it would be valuable if that side of the ball could take some load off the offense. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina’s loss to Georgia Tech is more than one game

The sky isn’t falling for North Carolina, but it felt like it for the Tar Heels on Saturday. Georgia Tech sent Roy Williams’ team into the new year with a nasty taste in its mouth with a 75-63 loss in Atlanta. The matchup with the Yellow Jackets was supposed to be a ‘gimme’ for North Carolina. (FanRag Sports)

Time to see how much depth Larry Fedora has built at UNC

It wasn’t the season that UNC expected, and Larry Fedora knows it. A Sun Bowl trip wasn’t the goal. A two-point loss to Stanford in the final minute certainly wasn’t the desired ending. But that’s what happened in the Tar Heels’ 25-23 loss to the Cardinal in El Paso. Over the coming days, UNC will be waiting on quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s NFL decision. (FanRag Sports)

UNC Football: Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Switzer set school records

On that touchdown, Switzer became UNC’s all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,841 in his career. Switzer has been fantastic for UNC again this season, going over 1,000-plus receiving yards for the first time in his career. Switzer wasn’t the only one making history. The quarterback Trubisky also set a school record for most passing touchdowns in a single season with 29. (Keeping It Heel)

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

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

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

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