UNC Football Spring Game Uncertain Moving ForwardThe decision by North Carolina not to hold a spring game this year may not be a one-time thing, according to UNC football coach Larry Fedora. “I don't know. It just depends on the team. We had a lot of young guys that needed a lot more reps this spring and so it just worked out better for us in this situation. But we'll make that decision each and every spring.” (Inside Carolina)
Matt Nagy: ‘Hard not to smile’ working with Mitch TrubiskyMatt Nagy pulled Mitch Trubisky aside after their first practice together as Bears coach and quarterback at the Walter Payton Center on Tuesday. The Bears opened their veteran minicamp with endless details to iron out as Nagy installs his new offense, but Nagy said his feeling after Day 1 was overwhelmingly positive. “He was impressive,” Nagy said. (Chicago Tribune)
Ex-Panthers safety Tre Boston looking for work - and the reason he's still unemployedTre Boston, who lives in Charlotte during the offseason, isn’t sure his social activism is the reason he’s unemployed. But he’s had a hard time coming up with any other reasons. “I have no idea. But if I told you there’s a 25-year-old out there, no nagging injuries, no off-field issues, 10 career picks, 180 tackles-plus, three sacks, what would you tell me?” Boston said Monday. (Charlotte Observer)
UNC Football Spring Scrimmage NotesThe North Carolina football team closed out spring practice on Monday with a scrimmage at Kenan Stadium. Here are a few notes from the scrimmage: Michael Carter appeared to find an extra gear on a 31-yard touchdown run. Javonte Williams, an early enrollee tailback, scored two touchdowns. DT Aaron Crawford was a disruptive force in the middle of the defense. (GoHeels.com)
Jason Strowbridge Still Growing at DTThroughout the spring season, Jason Strowbridge's day doesn’t end when the final whistle is blown at practice. At the conclusion of the team’s training session, North Carolina's junior defensive tackle heads to the weight room for extra conditioning work. The intent is not to get leaner before the 2018 season begins, but rather to bulk and adjust to his new body. (Inside Carolina)
Bug Howard Waived by Cleveland BrownsBug Howard was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. Howard went undrafted out of UNC in 2017 and was signed by Cleveland after playing limited preseason snaps with the Colts. After spending 2017 as an emergency WR with the Browns and failing to make his NFL debut, Howard will spend the offseason competing for a depth role elsewhere. (CBS Sports)
Video: UNC LB Cole Holcomb Spring Practice InterviewNorth Carolina linebacker Cole Holcomb speaks with reporters following the Tar Heels' spring practice earlier this week as the team prepares for fall practice and the opening game at California on September 1.
UNC still working with state on concerns over agent conductNorth Carolina is still working with state authorities to notify investigators when agents improperly contact athletes or potentially violate the state's sports agents law. In emails released Friday, UNC notified the Secretary of State's office in 2014, 2016 and 2017 about five NFL agents improperly contacting athletes directly without going through the school. (Associated Press)
Video: M.J. Stewart NFL Draft TapeNorth Carolina's M.J. Stewart is a physical cornerback who will have his name called in the 2018 NFL Draft. Stewart is a playmaker in the passing game with 47 career pass breakups, ranking 1st all-time in UNC history, along with 6 interceptions. For his career, Stewart had 199 tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss, and 3 sacks.
Video: Anthony Ratliff-Williams Post-Spring Practice InterviewNorth Carolina wide receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams speaks with reporters following the Tar Heels' spring football practice earlier this week at Kenan Stadium. Ratliff-Williams addresses his early-career transition from quarterback to receiver and how former teammates helped him develop his game.
Podcast: Mike Ingersoll on Replacing Starters, UNC's Offensive LineFormer North Carolina offensive lineman Mike Ingersoll breaks down several aspects of UNC's offensive line, including replacing multiple starters, implementing proper blocking techniques, and blocking for different types of running backs in this edition of Inside Carolina's podcast. (Audioboom)
Aaron Crawford's Effort on Display“If I had to pick one guy that has probably had the best spring, it would be A.C,” Larry Fedora told reporters. “For a 315-pounder, he’s making tackles 30 yards downfield and doing what it takes to be a great player.” Aaron Crawford, who at 6-foot-1 and square is your prototypical nose guard, enters his junior season in Chapel Hill with 22 career starts. (Inside Carolina)
Lawrence Taylor Heads List of NFL's Top 25 Linebackers of All TimeLawrence Taylor could hit like a freight train, but it was his finesse and football IQ that helped L.T. revolutionize the linebacker position. He's not only the greatest linebacker in NFL history, he's one of the game’s greatest players period. Taylor is one of only two defensive players in NFL history to be named NFL MVP. He is the only linebacker to ever take the honor. (Athlon Sports)
William Sweet Receives Inaugural McKissick Sr. AwardThe Floyd B. McKissick Sr. Award was created to be given annually to an African-American male student who's advocated on behalf of other students and the Carolina community. And at the 2018 Hayden B. Renwick Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony, held Saturday at the Student Union, William Sweet became the inaugural recipient. (GoHeels.com)
Audio: Larry Fedora on the David Glenn ShowUNC football coach Larry Fedora joined the David Glenn Show to discuss spring practice, bouncing back from his worst season as a head coach, and the Tar Heels’ depth chart. Other topics included the extent of Fedora’s pop culture knowledge, his luck on the links, and SECU Family House’s upcoming 10th anniversary party and golf tournament. (ACC Sports Journal)
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