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Colts TE Eric Ebron breaks franchise record for touchdowns by a tight end

Indianapolis Colts tight end has officially notched the franchise record for touchdowns at his position after a scoring catch in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. Ebron hauled in a 14-yard receiving touchdown from Andrew Luck with 2:57 left in the second quarter, which helped the fifth-year pro record his 12th touchdown of the season. (Clutch Points)

Mitch Trubisky disappointed in his performance, but appreciates the big win

did not need to be told he didn’t play well in Sunday night’s 15-6 victory over the Rams, and he won’t have to be told he needs to work hard this week to correct the mistakes that plagued his return from a shoulder injury. Trubisky said it wasn’t the freezing temperatures that hindered him, and he added his shoulder felt fine. But he said he was “trying to do too much” on some plays. (Chicago Tribune)

Army safety credits Jay Bateman for success

THT Note: This article was published before Jay Bateman was named UNC defensive coordinator. "Jay Bateman is one of the best in the business," Army safety Jaylon McClinton said. "He put us in great spots. We always talk about doing your 1/11th. You do your job on the field and when that play comes you make that play." Army entered Saturday ranked 11th nationally in total defense. (Times Herald-Record)

Jay Bateman Officially Joins UNC Football Coaching Staff

Veteran defensive coach and 2018 Broyles Award finalist Jay Bateman has joined the UNC football staff, coach announced Sunday. Bateman, who comes to Chapel Hill after five successful seasons at Army, will serve as co-defensive coordinator and coach the Tar Heel safeties. Army finished fourth nationally in total defense in 2016 and currently ranks ninth. (

Ryan Switzer at home in the slot with the Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger isn’t concerned about the physical stature of his slot receivers, which is good for . At 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, Switzer is one of the smallest players on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. But he possesses the quality that matters most to his quarterback. “When you play in the slot, it’s really about the size of your heart,” Roethlisberger said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Army Defensive Coordinator Jay Bateman Joining UNC's Staff In Same Role

Jay Bateman, the defensive coordinator at Army, has agreed to hold the same role at North Carolina, in which he will share with , multiple sources have confirmed to Tar Heel Illustrated. Thigpen, a holdover from 's staff, was named last week by UNC as a co-defensive coordinator. Bateman is in his fifth season as Army’s defensive coordinator. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

A Jared Goff-sized measuring stick looms for the Bears’ Mitch Trubisky

must be sick of getting compared with other quarterbacks. Whenever the Bears face a top QB, out comes the measuring stick. It’s happened over and over this season, with more analysis devoted to Trubisky’s relative strengths and weaknesses than to war and peace and why Meghan Markle’s father didn’t escort her down the aisle at the royal wedding. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Report: Army DC Jay Bateman to Lead UNC's Defense

continued with his youth movement by hiring Jay Bateman to run his defense at North Carolina, according to multiple sources on Saturday. Bateman, whose Army defense held Navy to 208 total yards in the Knights' 17-10 win on Saturday, was named one of the five finalists earlier this week for the Broyles Award, which is given to the nation’s top assistant coach. (Inside Carolina)

Steelers WR Ryan Switzer visits Children's Hospital after Twitter feud sparks fundraiser

What started as a Twitter feud has morphed into more than $10,000 in donations to the oncology unit at Children's Hospital. made a special visit Friday. "I never want to create a negative spotlight on myself, and this was an instance of working out differences," Switzer said. "It says a lot about Pittsburgh to back a guy that’s new to the team and new to the area." (WTAE)

Back from injury, Ravens tackle James Hurst has his shoes on and his hopes up

It was the simple things missed most. His teammates. Run blocking. Wearing closed-toe shoes. Of all the nuisances the Ravens’ season-opening starter at right tackle expected from a back injury that sidelined him for nearly six weeks, footwear was not one of them. Sliding into flip-flops was so much easier than testing a sensitive spinal cord. (Baltimore Sun)

UNC Tight End Brandon Fritts Announces He Will Transfer

UNC tight end announced Friday that he will transfer from the school for his final year of eligibility next season. Fritts, who attended Mentor High School in Ohio alongside former Tar Heel quarterback , missed the 2018 season following knee surgery in the spring. In 24 games for UNC, Fritts caught 47 passes for 439 yards and 9 touchdowns. (

UNC running back Javonte Williams ready to compete for championships

Despite a 2-9 season, plans to help the Tar Heels compete for titles and one day play in the NFL. He’s also looking forward to playing under new UNC coach , who led UNC from 1988-97. Williams had a positive relationship with but knows Brown’s successful background and is excited to play under a former national champion. (Wilmington Star News)
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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 28
NC State: 34
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West Virginia0
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Fri Dec 28, 5:15 PM

South Carolina0
at Virginia0
Sat Dec 29, 12:00 PM

Notre Dame0
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Sat Dec 29, 4:00 PM

at Virginia Tech0
Mon Dec 31, 12:00 PM

at Pittsburgh0
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NC State0
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
Georgia Tech5-37-5
Virginia Tech4-46-6
North Carolina1-72-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-013-0
(17) Syracuse6-29-3
NC State5-39-3
Boston College4-47-5
Wake Forest3-56-6
Florida State3-55-7

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