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Woody Durham To Receive NFF Schenkel Award

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that Woody Durham, the longtime voice of UNC, has been named the 2011 recipient of the organization's Chris Schenkel Award. The Chris Schenkel Award seeks to recognize a sports broadcaster who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career broadcasting college football with direct to ties to a specific university. (Tar Heel Blue)

Response to 'A Letter to Deems May'

As far as defending Davis, why is there any reason to do so? The NCAA has made no accusation as to any wrong doing and neither has Thorp or anybody at the University. In fact Thorp stated on numerous occasions that Davis did nothing wrong. The recent expansion of the football facilities was in direct result of Coach Davis and the excitement of the program. (Chapelboro.com)

Special teams is Ryan Taylor's inside track

Ryan Taylor talks and plays like he belongs, even if he had to pinch himself when he stepped into the huddle on the first day of training camp, listening to Aaron Rodgers call the play and looking through his facemask at Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. “It was almost mind-blowing,” Taylor said. “I almost couldn’t listen to the play.” He hasn’t acted like a wide-eyed rookie since. (Green Bay Packers)

DE Michael McAdoo Scouting Report

McAdoo is a boom or bust player, he has the potential to become a dominant pass rusher who could play in any defensive scheme at a number of positions. His ability to play out of either a 3 point or 2 point stance will make him intriguing to scouts. However his severe lack of game film and time off from the game is a red flag. (BuffaloBillsDraft.com)

Brandon Tate & new kickoff rule

With the NFL moving the kickoff up five yards this season, from the 30 to the 35, the value of explosive kickoff returners is affected. No player on the Patriots' roster is impacted more than Brandon Tate. (ESPN.com)

10 Questions with T.J Yates

What has it been like going from being a four-year starter at UNC to being a third-string rookie? “It’s definitely a lot different. You’re used to getting all of the reps in practice and getting all of the timing down with your receivers and everything, and when you’re number three, you don’t get many reps at all in practice and you gotta get a lot of mental reps just so you make sure you’re doing the right thing when you get out there.” (Houston Texans)

Swofford, ACC, Quietly Studied 14- and 16-Team Models Last Year

While conference expansion speculation was running wild over the past few days, ACC Commissioner John Swofford stayed out of the fray, limiting himself to just this one statement that was released to the media. “As I’ve said previously, we’ll continue to be mindful of the collegiate landscape and what’s best for the ACC and its member institutions. With that said, I’ve received no indication from any of our 12 Presidents that they have any intention of being affiliated with any conference other than the ACC.” (ACC Sports Journal)

David Thornton joins UNC's football staff

Former All-ACC selection David Thornton, who recently retired from the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, has officially returned to the UNC football team as a member of the player development staff. According to a team spokesman, that means he can splice and analyze UNC or opponent video, attend meetings and work with athletes in football-specific strength and conditioning drills – but he cannot coach or provide instruction to the athletes. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Marvin Austin: "I wouldn't change anything" about my time at UNC

Marvin Austin, the former UNC defensive tackle who missed the 2010 college season when the university dismissed him for his role in prompting an NCAA investigation of the Tar Heels program, played Saturday night for the New York Giants in their 20-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Afterwards, the Giants’ rookie answered questions from a small group of reporters, including The Charlotte Observer’s Scott Fowler. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Marvin Austin is back in the game, with 'no regrets' from UNC days

Marvin Austin left the Bank of America Stadium field with an ear-to-ear grin. It was simply a preseason game between his New York Giants and the Carolina Panthers, but Austin was finally back playing football. The last time Austin participated in a game of any significance was on the same field 20 months ago in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl. Little did he know at the time it would be his final college game at North Carolina. (WRAL Sports Fan)

A Letter to Deems May

In view of the information available to the public, there is no indication that the University is de-emphasizing football, but if it takes de-emphasis to clean up the program, then so be it. In 1961, the University purposely and without apology de-emphasized basketball because of improprieties committed by its coach and a few players. The right thing was done then and many people who love the University think the right thing is being done now. (Chapelboro.com)

Butch Davis visits FIU practice again

Butch Davis, present at Friday’s scrimmage, dropped by FIU’s practice again Saturday. Davis was UM’s defensive line coach when FIU coach Mario Cristobal was a freshman in 1988, and UM’s coach when Cristobal became a graduate assistant a decade later. “Certainly, so many things from his blueprint we have applied here,” Cristobal said. “Obviously, he’s a person I’m very grateful to and thankful for. It’s awesome to see him. He’s as good as it gets.” (Miami Herald)

Former Tar Heels Make NFL Debuts

Saturday night was a big night for former Tar Heels making their NFL debuts in pre-season games around the league.  Below are the stats for each of the seven players who appeared in the box scores:
Greg Little (WR, CLE) 2 rec, 20 yds
Ryan Taylor (TE, GB) 2 rec, 30 yds
Johnny White (RB, BUF) 9 car, 13 yds, 2 rec, 13 yds
Da'Norris Searcy (S, BUF) 1 tackle
Robert Quinn (DE, STL) 1 tackle
Marvin Austin (DT, NYG) 2 tackles
Kendric Burney (CB, CAR) 1 tkl, 2 ast, 3 pass def

Why I wore No. 55 as a quarterback

As a kid growing up in Oxford, we would form neighborhood football teams to play against each other. Nothing fancy, but what we called street league football was an avenue for us to play. I was on the Redskins team, and there were many battles to see who would wear what number.Many clamored to wear 9 for Sonny Jurgensen, 43 for Larry Brown or Charley Taylor's 42. I chose 55 for linebacker Chris Hanburger, and I was a quarterback. (WRAL Sports Fan)

David Glenn Chats With John Bunting, August 13

David Glenn recently caught up with former UNC football coach John Bunting on Glenn’s afternoon radio show. Among the topics they discussed: Bunting’s thoughts about the dismissal of Butch Davis; the resiliency of athletes; whether UNC can be a big-time football program without violating major rules; advice Bunting would give to the next head coach at North Carolina; and whether a scholarship is enough compensation for student-athletes. (ACC Sports Journal)

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