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Predicting Every NFL Team's Surprise Rookie Gem

Dallas Cowboys: WR Ryan Switzer - Switzer entered the NFL draft as the class' best pure slot receiver. His ability to separate in small areas is exceptional. The Dallas Cowboys used the 133rd overall pick to select the North Carolina product. Even if Cole Beasley dominates the reps out of the slot, Switzer can still make an impact as a returner. (Bleacher Report)

Former UNC QB Marquise Williams: "If I Ever See Rashad McCants I'll Probably Square Up With Him."

Rashad McCants' animosity and claims toward his alma mater haven't rested well with former Tar Heel athletes. McCants' actions are viewed by many as turning his back on the place that gave him opportunity. Marquise Williams -- who was the starting QB for the North Carolina football team from 2013-2015 -- took to Twitter to send a message to McCants. (Hero Sports)

UNC’s key to football success is keeping Larry Fedora happy

At 40-25, Larry Fedora holds the second-highest win percentage (.615) of any Tar Heel coach in the ACC era (dating to 1953). Coaches trailing him in that category include Mack Brown, Bill Dooley and Butch Davis. Just two seasons ago, UNC was 11-3 and claimed the ACC’s Coastal Division title. The Ws, however, aren’t the only sign of stability at UNC today. (FanRag Sports)

Julius Peppers leads Panthers’ veteran influx

Even someone the stature of Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly isn’t above getting star struck, and the sixth-year player described his initial encounter with Julius Peppers after the veteran was picked up by the team. “He walked in, I was like, man, that’s Julius Peppers. You bring a guy like that in and it’s just cool, not only for me, but a lot of guys on the team.” (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)

Dallas Cowboys have 'significant' role for WR Ryan Switzer

Rookie wideout Ryan Switzer has drawn non-stop comparisons to Cole Beasley, Dallas' leading receiver in 2016 and a top slot target league-wide. The lazy on-the-surface similarities between the two are mostly physical in nature:. But where the two receivers have common ground is in their uncanny consistency to catch balls in the slot and run technical routes. (NFL.com)

2016-2017 was an incredible year for North Carolina athletics

A national championship, five Final Fours (or NCAA Tournament semi-finals), and five ACC regular season or tournament championships. There were also awards won and records set—both individual and team achievements. At times, it seems easy to take the success that Carolina has had for granted and just brush it off as another typical year for the Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Football: Las Vegas sports book releases over/under win total for Tar Heels

For the North Carolina Tar Heels, it will be an interesting season. The team lost the majority of their offense with Mitch Trubisky, T.J. Logan, Elijah Hood, Mack Hollins, Bug Howard and Ryan Switzer all leaving for the NFL. As we gear towards the 2017 college football season, one Las Vegas sports book has released the over/under on win totals for teams. (Keeping It Heel)

UNC Football's History As The No. 1 Team In The Nation

Number 1 rankings aren’t uncommon for many of North Carolina’s sports teams. Men’s basketball has been in that spot often, so have the men’s and women’s soccer teams, both lacrosse clubs, field hockey, baseball and even women’s basketball have been No. 1. The football Tar Heels, however, have sat in the top spot just one time in the program’s history. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

T.J. Thorpe eager to fill void on Winnipeg's special teams

T.J. Thorpe is likely to take any role he can with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. But nothing would be greater than the chance to return kicks — a job he’s been doing since his first day of Pop Warner football. "I love it. I feel like it’s one of the few plays you can change a game or just the momentum of the game with one play, just 10 seconds," he said. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Rams' Robert Quinn drawing inspiration from DeMarcus Ware

One of the things you'll notice about Robert Quinn's locker is an Instagram post, printed out and taped to one of the panels that hold his personal belongings. It came from DeMarcus Ware, the retired former defensive end and outside linebacker who seems like a lock for the Hall of Fame. Ware's career accomplishments are highlighted along the bottom. It keeps Quinn going. (ESPN.com)

Oakland Raiders Sign Seventh-Round Pick RB Elijah Hood

The Oakland Raiders have signed seventh-round draft pick RB Elijah Hood, the club announced Friday. Hood was selected 242nd overall by the Raiders in last month’s draft. He played in 34 games with 25 starts over three years at North Carolina, totaling 2,580 yards on 431 carries (6.0 avg.) with 29 touchdowns and added 38 receptions for 204 yards (5.4 avg.). (Oakland Raiders)

Who has the sweeter deal, Fedora or Doeren?

Larry Fedora got a new contract extension from UNC on Thursday, aimed at keeping him in Chapel Hill through at least 2022. Dave Doeren's last extension came back in 2015 and locks him up through 2019. Because everything's rivalry fodder, I thought it'd be fun to compare the contracts of the two Triangle rivals. (Duke's David Cutcliffe works at a private school, so he didn't want in on this party). (ABC 11)

Carolina Insider Podcast: 2017-18 Basketball Roster, QB Competition

In the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast, hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com discuss Tony Bradley's decision to remain in the NBA Draft, the 2017-18 Carolina roster, the football team's quarterback competition and more. Carolina Insider is a production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

Giovani Bernard to be limited in OTAs, six months after ACL tear

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has come along well enough after last season’s torn ACL that he can get at least some work in at organized team activities. Bernard is expected to be a limited participant at OTAs, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports. In 10 games last season, Bernard had 91 carries for 337 yards and 39 catches for 336 yards. (NBC Sports)

Chase Rice writes next chapter since ‘Ready Set Roll,’ co-writing ‘Cruise’

Chase Rice enjoyed his “Cruise” in co-writing a country music seismic shifter, then going “Ready Set Roll” to break through on his own first hit recording, followed by “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” On a phone interview last week, a few hours before his concert in Birmingham, Ala., Rice spoke about the chapters in his career, and the next one he’s writing. (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
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UNC vs. Cal
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UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, 3:30 ET

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
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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