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North Carolina named redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky starter.

No surprise here. Trubisky, who almost overtook Marquise Williams at one point last year, now has the keys to himself. Trubisky was the small sample size Heisman in 2015, going 40-of-47 for 555 yards and a 6/0 TD/INT rate. The Tar Heels open in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Georgia on Sept. 3 in Atlanta.
Apr 22 - 9:45 PM

According to the NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein, UNC G Landon Turner "[b]lows the doors off of defensive tackles that don't have meat on their bones and power to match up."

Zierlein sees Turner's positives and negatives as very clear, writing that he is a "road grader deluxe whose size and power will have teams who covet those traits licking their chops. However, he’s no dancing bear and they will have to be OK with his potential concerns against quickness in pass protection." The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder also "showed noticeable improvement from where he was in 2014." In December, CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang deemed him a "classic drive blocker," one who "overpower[s] opponents with his stout frame and strength."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 6:41 PM

North Carolina redshirt senior QB Mitch Trubisky said that he "hope[s] to be very precise next year, getting the ball to the playmakers, running the offense and being a great leader."

"I hope we can be a little more up-tempo next year so we’re tiring out defenses," Trubisky said. "I just want to spread the ball around the field, get it to different receivers, let the running backs pound it away in the middle and just have the O-line trust in me." The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder's taking over for Marquise Williams, who led UNC to the ACC Championship Game last season before falling to Clemson. HC Larry Fedora's previously voiced optimism in Trubisky's ability to take over the starting reigns for the 2016 campaign. ESPN's David Hail believes that he could post the best statistics of any ACC quarterback next season. Deshaun Watson will probably have something to say about that, but there's clear talent here.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 11 - 7:07 PM

North Carolina HC Larry Fedora said that he believes redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky is "up to the task" of winning the starting job outright in 2016.

"’ll be surprised if [Trubisky] doesn’t have a great spring and show some things because he has grown tremendously," Fedora said, adding that "he knows the offense, he’s a good leader and he’s just what we’re looking for at quarterback in this system." The 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt junior's taking over for Marquise Williams. While he doesn't have a ton of experience, he was the No. 7 dual-threat prospect out of high school in 2013 and finished the 2015 campaign throwing six touchdown passes while rushing for three more in limited action. "There’s probably a lot of people out there putting high expectations on Mitch Trubisky, but first of all he’s got to win the job. That’s No. 1 this spring. I think he’s up for the task," Fedora said.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 18 - 10:04 PM

Four-star WR Ryan Jones, the No. 213 prospect in the class of 2017 according to ESPN, committed to North Carolina last week.

Larry Fedora and staff curiously had a terrible 2016 recruiting class, but they've already netted four ESPN Jr300 verbal commitments. "Jones possesses good foot quickness for his size that results in quickly getting off the line leading to the ability to create separation against man coverage without possessing difference-making long speed," wrote Gerry Hamilton. "Jones is at his best after the catch with the ability to run through tacklers, and when the ball is in the air with a combination of balance, body control, leaping ability and strong hands to secure a contested ball while playing through contact." The analyst calls Jones' commitment a "strong one" and says its 90 percent assured of holding.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 1:28 PM

North Carolina signed four-star DE Tomon Fox.

Fox is the only ESPN 300 name the Tar Heels managed to reel in, sitting at 194 on their annual prospect list. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound end also saw interest from (among others) Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Memphis. His coach at Collins Hill, Kevin Reach, described him as a quiet leader. "The best thing about him is he’s always working," Reach said, "whether he’s working for himself or trying to help out the younger kids - he’s always trying to make us a better football team." On the playing side of things, Scout.com's Don Callahan wrote, "Whether going inside or outside, his hands are constantly moving to prevent O-linemen from latching on. Against the run, Fox shoots the gap and has an outstanding motor."
Source: scout.com
Feb 8 - 12:23 PM

North Carolina sophomore QB Mitch Trubisky will take over for Marquise Williams in 2016.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder actually nearly overtook Williams for starting duties early in the year (after torching Delaware in a 17-for-20, 312 yards and four touchdown performance), but was ultimately fended off. It's Trubisky's show now, though. Trubisky, the No. 7-rated dual-threat prospect in the 2013 class, finished with 555 passing yards and six touchdowns and 101 rushing yards and three more scores in limited time last year. How's this for hype: ESPN.com’s David Hale predicts Trubisky will post the best stats of any ACC quarterback -- including Clemson’s Deshaun Watson -- next year.
Jan 25 - 7:34 PM

UNC G Landon Turner declined an invitation to attend the Senior Bowl.

Turner's season was up and down, producing great performances against some schools (Duke, for example), and struggling against others (like Georgia Tech). He projects as a straight-line, power blocker who will look better in the running game than as a pass protector.
Jan 22 - 9:48 AM

Per 247sports.com, three-star CB Patrice Rene de-committed from Rutgers and committed to North Carolina on Tuesday.

Rene visited North Carolina over the weekend. That was apparently enough to sway him from Rutgers. 247sports ranks him as the No. 40 cornerback in the 2016 class. Site analyst Clint Brewster noted that the 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect is a "physical bump-and-run corner that will get in your face at the line of scrimmage [who] does a great job getting his hands on wide receivers at the snap of the ball and re-routing them." Brewster also likes his ability to cover on vertical passes.
Jan 19 - 8:25 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 22-of-36 passes for 243 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 81 yards and two touchdowns in Tuesday's 49-38 loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior played well but found himself in an unwinnable score-for-score proposition because his defense no-showed. Williams broke through as a senior, throwing for over 3,000 yards and rushing for nearly 1,000. Now that his collegiate career is over, what's next? TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last month that Williams "entered the season with free agent grades" but showed enough ability "to make plays with his arm and legs" that he'll "surely [be given] late round consideration." NFL.com's Bucky Brooks says that "the jury is still out on whether Williams has enough blue-chip traits to be a legitimate quarterback prospect at the next level." We'll find out soon enough.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 09:56:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 118 yards on 13 carries in Tuesday's 49-38 loss against Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The 6-foot, 221-pound sophomore had little trouble gashing Baylor, but was deprived of opportunities because his defense laid down throughout, forcing the necessity of excessive passing attempts. Hood's best moment was a 67-yard jaunt that fell just short of the goal line. Hood finishes his sophomore campaign with 1,463 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He'll be one of the nation's best returning runners in 2016.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 09:42:00 PM

North Carolina junior WR Mack Hollins was ejected in the third quarter of Tuesday's game against Baylor for targeting.

On a completed swing pass, Hollins circled back and launched himself into a defenseless Baylor defender on a block. The video of the play is available at the link below. Hollins' ouster is a big loss for the Tar Heels, who use the big and athletic receiver to take the top off of defenses. Since Baylor is susceptible to getting ripped deep, the UNC offense is losing a critical cog to its attack.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:22:00 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner is "a classic drive blocker, overpowering opponents with his stout frame and strength," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"Rated 3rd among senior Offensive Guards Turner isn't a flashy athlete, showing limited agility to block on the move. For teams looking for a "quick" improvement to their running game, however, Turner makes sense," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner is a mauler in the run game, showing solid technique and power. Turner was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week four times in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 02:25:00 PM

UNC junior WR Ryan Switzer will return to school for the 2016 season.

We aren;t stereotyping when we say Switzer shines in the slot, taking shorter passes for big gains thanks to his quickness and he can get vertical with speed. Switzer is also a very good kick and punt returner and is close to the record in career punt return touchdowns. The Patriots are already salivating ahead of the 2017 draft.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 10:19:00 AM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 11-of-33 passes for 224 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 81 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-37 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

Williams posted a strong statistical evening for DFS players, but following his second touchdown pass of the contest--a three-yard scoring strike to Ryan Switzer with 3:52 remaining in the second quarter to give the Tar Heels a 16-14 lead--North Carolina wouldn't score again until near the end of the third quarter. That touchdown came via a one-yard run by Williams. In between those two scores, Clemson put up 21 points. Fast-forward to the fourth quarter, when the 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior hit Switzer again for a 14-yard score with 1:13 remaining. On the ensuing onside kick, UNC recovered at the 50-yard line with a chance to tie if they scored a touchdown-plus-two-point-conversion. Or they would have earned that chance, had they not been whistled for a phantom off-sides call on the kick. This one will surely sting for a while.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 12:41:00 AM


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