North Carolina's offensive line wants to make statement in 2016North Carolina’s offense was among the best in the nation last season, and it all started up front with a terrific offensive line. As the group looks ahead to 2016 without leader Landon Turner, we caught up with right tackle Jon Heck about whether the Tar Heels’ O-line can actually improve this season. (ESPN.com)
Breaking down Quinton Coples' contract with RamsThe Los Angeles Rams surprised some by jumping out last week to sign defensive end Quinton Coples to a two-year contract. The Rams brought the former first-round pick on board with a deal that guarantees just $750,000. The deal is also voidable after one year if Coples meets certain requirements. Here's a breakdown of Coples' contract: (ESPN.com)
Video: UNC Locker Room Celebration Post Indiana - Elite 8 Bound!It's onto the Elite Eight to face Notre Dame after a resounding 101-86 defeat of Indiana. Also, Larry Fedora stops by the congratulate the team and Theo Pinson promptly shows off his impersonation of UNC's football coach.
ACC has had many players succeed on both the hardwood and the gridironNorth Carolina: Julius Peppers. The future All-Pro end/linebacker averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in two seasons as a walk-on basketball player from 1999-2001. For the Tar Heels football team, Peppers became a unanimous All-American in 2001. Peppers had a future NFL teammate on both teams. Oakland Raiders receiver Ronald Curry was a UNC quarterback and point guard. (ESPN.com)
Former UNC Defensive End Junior Gnonkonde Arrested on DWI ChargeBouhu “Junior” Gnonkonde was arrested for driving while impaired early Wednesday morning, according to Chapel Hill Police. Gnonkonde has played defensive end for UNC since 2013. (Chapelboro.com)
Spring Practice: Run Defense a Priority for UNC FootballJust over a year ago, UNC head football coach Larry Fedora went bold and hired defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, who masterminded the nation’s most improved unit in his first season on the job. Now in Year Two of the Chizik Era, the Tar Heels–amidst changing expectations–have an amplified focus on stopping the run during spring practice. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: UNC Football 2016 Pro Day RecapOn March 22nd, North Carolina Football held its annual Pro Day. Taylor Vippolis reports on what happened while the NFL scouts were assembled in UNC's weight room and on the practice field. Hint: Romar Morris is really fast.
Jonathan Cooper hopes to find his potential and redemption with the PatriotsIf a fresh start is what he needed, Jonathan Cooper got his wish this week when the Arizona Cardinals shipped him to Foxboro, along with a second-round pick, in a deal for Chandler Jones. The trade was a good contrast between two former first-round picks. (Providence Journal)
Mitch Trubisky: North Carolina's offense still will feature QB runMarquise Williams may be gone, but don’t expect UNC’s offensive game plan to abandon one of its biggest weapons now that Mitch Trubisky is running the show. Trubisky, who played sporadically in 2014 and 2015, was already a more refined passer. But Trubisky said he’s hoping he’ll have ample opportunities to showcase his athleticism this year, too. (ESPN.com)
Marquise Williams fulfills his dream at UNC Pro DayThere's been speculation about Marquise Williams’ passing ability and how his style of play would translate to the NFL. “If I want to be compared to anybody, it would be Cam (Newton),” Williams said. “He was (also) criticized because he couldn’t throw the ball coming out of college.” But Williams wanted to use Pro Day to remove any doubt about what he could do. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC Pro Day: Ethan Farmer still fighting for shot at NFLEthan Farmer still has the dream. That’s why almost two years after playing his final game at UNC, Farmer was back at the Tar Heels’ practice field Tuesday, huffing and puffing and performing for dozens of NFL scouts. Farmer, a defensive tackle, was among 14 ex-UNC players being measured and executing drills during the school’s annual Pro Timing Day. (Fayetteville Observer)
Landon Turner commands attention at UNC’s pro dayFor nearly 15 minutes Tuesday, former UNC offensive lineman Landon Turner was the only Tar Heel performing at the school’s pro day. Turner, being worked out by the New England Patriots' offensive line coach, did several drills in front of more than 30 NFL scouts. The 13 other Tar Heels performing at pro day were left to stretch or rest as all eyes were on Turner. (Charlotte Observer)
Video: UNC Football Pro Day RecapWatch as North Carolina's Landon Turner, Shakeel Rashad, Romar Morris and Quinshad Davis, among others, work out for NFL scouts at Tar Heel Football's Pro Day.
Turner's Take: Multiple RoutesThe UNC football class of 2016 led the Tar Heels to their first-ever ACC Coastal Division championship to 11 wins and a perfect 7-0 record at home. They made Carolina football must-see TV and relevant in the national conversation into December. And on Tuesday, 11 of those seniors and three of their former teammates took to Navy Fields one last time for Pro Day. (GoHeels.com)
Fedora knows UNC can be betterUNC head coach Larry Fedora spoke with the media near the start of spring practice. Among the topics discussed were quarterback Mitch Trubisky, evaluating last season, the new leaders, questions and depth at linebacker, and new assistant coach Chad Scott. (Carolina Blue)
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