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UNC Football Tasked with Replacing Leadership

The impact of the departure of so many veterans from UNC's offense has been a frequent topic of discussion for the 2017 Tar Heel football team. While the loss of their skills, knowledge, and experience will challenge coach Larry Fedora, offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic, and the offense, there is another aspect the offense will have to face - the loss of leadership. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heel Football Legend Dré Bly Finds Passion in Coaching

How does Dré Bly get the attention of the young people he coaches? He talks about his resumé – three-time all-American, college hall of famer, Super Bowl champion, two-time Pro Bowler — then offers this: Despite all his success, he could’ve done more. “I left some things on the table,” Bly admits. “I was one of those guys that it came naturally for me." (Inside Carolina)

Inside Mitch Trubisky's final days of preparation for NFL combine grilling

Tucked away in an unassuming corporate park, one of the quarterbacks NFL teams are buzzing about most is set to get grilled. The man who greets him, quarterback coach Ryan Lindley, knows him quite well. They’ve trained together for two months. The player introduces himself, anyway. “Mitchell Trubisky,” he says in between a handshake. “Nice to meet you.” (USA Today)

Pressure is on for Mitch Trubisky to perform at NFL Scouting Combine

Auditions won’t get much bigger for Mitch Trubisky than this week in Indianapolis. The No. 1-rated quarterback by many analysts can confirm that belief with a big performance at the Scouting Combine. All eyes will be on Trubisky on March 4, the day for quarterbacks to show their stuff at Lucas Oil Stadium. (The News-Herald)

NFL Combine Info - UNC players

The NFL Combine is this week. North Carolina will have a total of seven players participating in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. Here is the complete rundown on when players arrive, how to watch the action, and what the players will be doing while in Indianapolis. (Carolina Blue)

Larry Fedora takes on challenge of rebuilding North Carolina offense

UNC coach Larry Fedora cannot remember a time he had to rebuild an offense to this extent, but then again, that is not something he spends much time thinking about. To those outside the program trying to figure out who will replace every significant offensive playmaker, the task looks bleak. To Fedora, the task is challenging, but not impossible. Not in the least. (ESPN.com)

UNC Football Prioritizing Stopping the Run in 2017

Better continuity should yield better results. The Tar Heels return all of their starting linebackers from 2016, and lose only two of their top twelve defensive linemen. Papuchis thinks they can take other steps, schematically, to improve against the run. What is clear is that run defense is a priority for the 2017 UNC football team and its new defensive coordinator. (Inside Carolina)

From a NASCAR pit crew member to 'Survivor' star, Chase Rice still prefers country music

Long before he was known for country music, Chase Rice was a promising linebacker for UNC. After graduating, Rice was picked up to be part of the Hendrick Motorsports pit crew for NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and went on to serve on Jimmie Johnson’s crew. As if all that wasn’t enough, Rice then became a contestant on CBS’ “Survivor: Nicaragua” in 2010. (Orange County Register)

Former NFL All-Pro Jeff Saturday treasures being a Georgia Hall of Famer

During his 14-year NFL career, Jeff Saturday was regarded as one of the best centers in the league. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times and won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts. Saturday recently was inducted to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. It’s an accolade he admits seemed extremely far fetched as a prep athlete who played high school ball in Decatur, Ga. (All22.com)

10 ACC Players to Watch During the NFL Scouting Combine

2. Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: Trubisky has all the tools to become the first QB off the board this year and should test well given his athletic abilities and strong arm. 10. Ryan Switzer, WR/KR, UNC: There might not be a more fun prospect to watch than Switzer, who is a bit of a Swiss Army knife coming out of Chapel Hill. (Athlon Sports)

3 burning questions for UNC football as spring ball approaches

Who will win UNC’s starting quarterback job? Nathan Elliott only appeared in three games last season, completing eight of nine passes for 55 yards. Chazz Surratt and Logan Byrd, a pair of highly-rated players from the 2016 class, both redshirted last fall. The three-way competition between Surratt, Byrd and Elliott will make for some intriguing practice sessions. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC Football Will Feature New Faces at Skill Positions

With the departures of Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard, Mack Hollins, Elijah Hood, and T.J. Logan, whoever goes under center at quarterback for North Carolina will have a group of skill position players around him that have played understudy roles, at best, going into 2017. When asked about some of those new faces, offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic led with Juval Mollette. (Inside Carolina)

Black History Month Honoree: Mr. Mason

The public knows the “Honored Jerseys,” the consensus All-Americas whose names and numbers are mounted on the upper-deck façade of Kenan Stadium. But to many of those players and hundreds more lettermen through the mid-1900s, the most revered name in the sport in Chapel Hill was that of Morris Mason. (GoHeels.com)

Trubisky rising: How the UNC QB went from a backup to a top NFL prospect

If Mitch Trubisky is so good, why was he a backup for two seasons to a guy who didn’t make an NFL roster? Currently, Trubisky sits in the premiere class of this year’s quarterback crop, ranking just above Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer. The former Mr. Ohio threw 30 touchdowns, ran for five more and tossed just six interceptions last season for the Tar Heels. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC, John Papuchis Looking to Establish Defensive Identity in 2017

At 38 years old, John Papuchis is still a young man to be in the position of defensive coordinator at a Power Five program. He’s not as young as he was when he was promoted to defensive coordinator at the age of 31 at Nebraska – when he was the youngest DC in college football. Despite his age, he’s served alongside some of the most well known defensive coaches in the nation. (Inside Carolina)

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
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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