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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares North Carolina ILB Andre Smith to Oakland Raider LB Marquel Lee.

Smith was dominant at times in 2016 and had 21 tackles in his first two games, but a knee injury suffered in week two against Louisville eliminated the rest of his season. Zierlein notes that he is a "tough" player that loves to initiate contact and eliminate lead blockers, but he isn't a great athlete, and he won't help in pass coverage. Still, Smith can be an effective two-down linebacker, and could go on Day 3 if a team is convinced he'll be healthy enough to play.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 12:58 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares UNC CB M.J. Stewart to Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde.

With Zierlein comparing Stewart (5'11/200) to Hyde, does that mean that he projects him to play safety at the next level? Maybe, but unlike some position switches, he views it as a positive. "Stewart has been a starting cornerback for UNC the past two seasons, but his physicality and tackling ability may gain him time at nickel or safety at the next level." Zierlein projects the one good thing to see at North Carolina last year to go on Day 2, and if someone views him as a versatile hybrid, he'll be off the board in the first 64 picks.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 6:50 PM

North Carolina and Liberty have agreed to a three-game series.

The Tar Heels will play host to kick things off on Oct. 19, 2024, with Liberty returning the favor on Sept. 26, 2028. Then back to Chapel Hill once more to wrap up the trio of games, with the final scheduled contest set to take place on Sept. 6, 2031. Liberty -- currently in the FCS -- will be part of the FBS by the time that first game is played. The Flames will be embarking on their inaugural season of FBS play this autumn, when they'll play as an independent.
Source: Diehards
Mar 28 - 6:27 PM

Scout.com's Greg Barnes reports that North Carolina RB coach Luke Paschall is being shifted to wide receivers coach.

Paschall was hired away from Arkansas State in February to serve as running backs coach for the Tar Heels. He had been working as receivers coach for the Red Wolves at the time, but due to necessity, UNC HC Larry Fedora planned on using him in the running backs room. No longer so, as the program has hired former Tennessee RB coach Robert Gillespie to serve in that capacity, allowing Paschall to move back to his previous coaching position.
Mar 13 - 7:22 PM

Scout.com's Greg Barnes reports that North Carolina has hired former Tennessee RB coach Robert Gillespie to serve in the same capacity.

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt initially opted to keep Gillespie on staff when he took over earlier this winter, but the running backs coach was cut loose in February. He had been with the program for the past five years. Gillespie had previously worked as running backs coach at South Carolina, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Expect Luke Paschall to shift from RB coach to WR coach now that Gillespie is in the fold.
Source: Scout.com
Mar 13 - 2:08 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring UNC WR coach Gunter Brewer to be their new wide receiver coach.

Brewer has spent over 30 years coaching, but this will be his first job at the NFL level. He replaces Mike Groh, who was promoted to offensive coordinator after Frank Reich took the head coaching job with the Colts. He coached with the Tar Heels from 2012-2017, and also coached on the UNC staff from 2000-2004.
Mar 5 - 8:15 PM

North Carolina hired Arkansas State WR coach and special teams coordinator Luke Paschall to its coaching staff.

No word yet on what his official title will be, but Paschall's responsibilities will reportedly include working with the special teams. Paschall was a grad assistant at UNC during the first two years of HC Larry Fedora’s tenure (2012 and 2013). He's been with the Red Wolves since.
Feb 21 - 8:23 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Tennessee RB coach Robert Gillespie will not remain with the staff.

It was reported in early December that Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt was hopeful to keep Gillespie -- who has been on staff since 2013 -- in the fold. While he did remain with the team through National Signing Day, he's moving on, now. Expect the Volunteers to land on a new running backs coach in relatively short order, as they'll be booting up spring practice in due time.
Feb 13 - 2:17 PM

Chris Hummer of Scout.com lists North Carolina four-star 2018 WR signing Jordyn Adams as one of the freshman who could make an immediate impact next season.

Adams has been committed to North Carolina since July, and didn't waiver even as North Carolina suffered through one of the worst seasons in years. One of the few reasons this couldn't come to fruition is if Adams goes and plays a different sport, as he's considered a potential top 100 pick in the MLB Draft. "The son of North Carolina’s defensive line coach, Adams is well aware what it takes to succeed on the college level, Hummer writes. "The five-star prospect, per 247Sports, is also a heck of an athlete with great size (6-foot-2), speed and polish. Once Adams begins to add a bit of weight to his 175-pound frame, watch out."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 11 - 3:23 PM

North Carolina signed uncommitted four-star 2018 G William Barnes.

Barnes was considered one of the top guards in the class, ranking fifth at the position in 247 Sports composite rankings. He picks the Tar Heels over Florida, but also had offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson -- just to name a few. ESPN's scouting report suggest that he gets off the line quickly, and that he can play in space and is already good in pass pro. Barnes could be an immediate starter for UNC in what they hope will be a rebound year.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 7 - 1:32 PM

SB Nation's Bud Elliott and Morgan Moriarty predict that uncommitted four-star G William Barnes will sign with North Carolina.

What a coup this would be for a team that had a borderline disastrous 2017 season. Larry Fedora has shown he can close, however, so this shouldn't come as a huge surprise. "I think Barnes is going to go to UNC, which is also apparently willing to take a commit from his teammate and fellow OL, Ed Montelus," Elliot and Moriarty say. Barnes will announce his decision on signing day.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 5 - 3:55 PM

North Carolina received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 T Joshua Ezeudu.

The Tar Heels entered the fray just recently, tossing an offer Ezeudu's way on Dec. 1. Minnesota and Virginia have also been hunting for his pledge, among others. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, pushes UNC's 2018 class up to 17 members. On the field, Ezeudu has experience playing both left and right tackle. Rivals ranks him as the No. 62 tackle prospect for the cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jan 20 - 12:08 PM

Scout.com's Greg Barnes reports that North Carolina will hire Tennessee LB coach Tommy Thigpen to serve in a to-be-determined capacity.

This will be a homecoming for Thigpen, who was an All-ACC standout at linebacker for the Tar Heels from 1989-92. He's been on staff at Tennessee for the past five seasons. This fresh stint with UNC will be his second as a coach -- he earlier worked as linebackers coach at the program for three seasons (2005-08).
Source: Scout.com
Jan 1 - 6:13 PM

North Carolina junior ILB Andre Smith will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Smith (6'0/235) has been sidelined for most of the campaign due to a knee injury sustained against Louisville in Week 2. Because he was unable to play for the bulk of the season, much of the evaluating work on Smith -- at least in terms of tape -- will come from his sophomore year, when he registered 113 tackles (6.0 for loss), a sack and three passes defensed. The Tar Heels linebacker is somewhat undersized, but offers a strong nose for the ball, shows out well in run defense and is at least respectable in coverage. He's a likely middle-round selection for the NFL Draft.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 02:19:00 PM

North Carolina senior LB Allen Artis has been granted an extra year of eligibility.

Artis missed all of the 2016 season after being charted with sexual battery and assault. Those charges were dropped, and the NCAA has ruled that he'll get an extra-year of eligibility for missing that time. In nine games, Artis finished 11 total tackles.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 06:15:00 PM


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