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UNC has suspended senior CB Malik Simmons after he was arrested this summer.

The two arrests were both on misdemeanor charges, one for resisting a police officer and one for marijuana possession. Simmons started 15 games over the course of the last two seasons and was expected to be on the first team this year.
Jul 26 - 12:38 PM

Vanderbilt junior WR Jordan Cunningham will transfer to UNC.

Cunningham will need to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA regulations and will return in 2016 as a redshirt junior. Cunningham was more productive as a freshman than as a sophomore and totaled 19 receptions for 150 yards during his two years with the Commodores.
Jul 23 - 11:43 AM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter pegs North Carolina's Landon Turner and Ohio State's Pat Elflein as the two frontrunners to earn first-team All-American nods at guard.

Reuter noted that Elflein (6-3, 300) "can be dominant as well as technically sound" and Turner "a road grader with nimble feet for his size." The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner made Phil Steele's preseason All-American First Team. "Turner will end up using his solid pass-protection skills more than usual if senior quarterback Marquise Williams and his strong group of receivers take the lead on offense this fall," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 7:26 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner "provides a stabilizing force as the anchor of the line for what should be a prolific attack in 2015," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Brown pegs Turner as the No. 11 offensive lineman in the country. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner made Phil Steele's preseason All-American First Team. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the top senior guard prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Jul 17 - 6:43 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks North Carolina senior G Landon Turner as the top senior guard prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

"I love watching Turner in the run game; he'll put defenders on their backs on occasion," Kiper wrote. He has Vadal Alexander (LSU Tigers) and Christian Westerman (Arizona State Sun Devils) at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. "Alexander is a huge guy (6-foot-6, 320 pounds), but he moves well," Kiper wrote.
Jul 8 - 12:15 AM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams "has a chance to make a big name for himself in his final year, even if recent history has made it dangerous to get too excited about the Tar Heels as a whole," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Williams has been a bit underrated during his career," Brown wrote. "Like the rest of the Tar Heels, he's inconsistent, but he could turn into a star if UNC ever realizes its potential." The expert ranks Williams as the No. 15 signal-caller in the land. "A 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior, Williams is one of the better running quarterbacks in college football, and his rushing numbers would be even better if he didn't take so many sacks," Brown wrote. Williams leads an offense which is returning 10 starters. He broke 18 UNC records in 2014 and his 4,893 career passing yards ranks fifth all-time at the school, 94 shy of Ronald Curry (1998-2001) in fourth place.
Jul 7 - 6:09 PM

UNC senior WR Quinshad Davis "is an impressive size/speed downfield receiver who can stretch the field and outmuscle defensive backs for the ball," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder considered an early departure for the NFL, but a fractured right tibia in the Quick Lane Bowl ended that possibility. Reuter isn't concerned by Davis' dropping production (61-776-5 in 2012, 48-730-10 in 2013, 41-470-6 in 2014). "Already tied with NFL starter Hakeem Nicks for the school record for touchdowns with 21 using his height and strong hands, Davis could join Nicks as an early round pick if healthy and as productive as he was early in his career," he wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 3:29 PM

North Carolina redshirt junior G Caleb Peterson "has a workable frame for the position with adequate athleticism to block in motion and pick up extra rushers," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Peterson teams with Landon Turner to give the Tar Heels perhaps the nation's best guard duo. The former has started 22 games on the right side over the past two years and earned Academic All-ACC honors last season. "Peterson is at his best when he minds his mechanics and keeps his hands inside to control defenders, but he will get himself in trouble with holding when he allows his hands to get wide of his target," Brugler wrote. "A native of Auburn, Alabama, Peterson is the rare recruit who spurned offers from in-state powerhouses like Alabama and Auburn, committing to Southern Miss early in the process and then following Larry Fedora and the coaching staff to North Carolina."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 19 - 5:40 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes UNC senior WR Quinshad Davis "has the imposing height/length/athletic combination to create mismatches."

"A player that has drawn some Hakeem Nicks comparisons, Davis has the imposing height/length/athletic combination to create mismatches, which is why some in Chapel Hill are reminded of Nicks," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Davis recorded 41 receptions for 470 yards and six touchdowns last season. The North Carolina prospect has 21 career touchdown receptions, tied with Hakeem Nicks for the most in school history. It's safe to say, that Davis should own that record in the 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 4:12 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes UNC junior WR Ryan Switzer's "dynamic ability as a return man is what could earn him money in the NFL."

"He doesn't have ideal size, speed or build for the next level, but he is a pesky athlete, controlling his momentum extremely well in space with terrific feel and vision to make something out of nothing. Switzer doesn't necessarily separate himself on offense, but his dynamic ability as a return man is what could earn him money in the NFL," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Switzer has "All-American" return ability, as he earned First-Team honors as a true freshman in 2013. Switzer became a reliable playmaker on the offense last season, hauling in 61 receptions for 757 yards and four touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 3:16 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner is a "physical people mover" in the run game, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He uses consistent knee bend to generate point of attack burst from his lower body to be a physical people mover in the run game, showing patience and discipline. However, he can be too patient at times, which causes him to be late with his hands, relying on his big-bodied frame to do much of the work," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4,325-pound Turner is one of the top prospects at the guard position in 2015. The North Carolina prospect has 27 starts under his belt and is one of the Tarheels most consistent performers. Brugler adds that Turner has "some similarities to Duke's Laken Tomlinson."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 3:04 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner "will turn the heads of NFL general managers with his ability to move the line of scrimmage," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner is the best guard prospect in the nation heading into the year. "He's not too heavy-footed to protect the quarterback, either, and when he gets beat, he'll work hard to finish the block," Reuter wrote. "Will he crack the top half of the first round, or go late in the stanza like Duke's Laken Tomlinson this year? It's too early to tell, but I'll have fun watching him try to climb the rungs of the draft ladder." Turner made Phil Steele's preseason All-American First Team.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 11:55 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson argued that North Carolina will be the most improved ACC team that had a losing record last year.

She cited improvements on offense and defense as well as a schedule conducive to piling up wins. The offense returns star QB Marquise Williams and the defense now has Gene Chizik calling the shots along with an intriguing defensive line which features Nazair Jones, Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schoettmer. "Here is predicting that the UNC defense will give up less than 400 yards per game, which would be a nearly 100 yard improvement over a year ago," Adelson wrote. This season, the Heels play a typically mediocre ACC slate as well as South Carolina, North Carolina A&T, Illinois and Delaware in the non-conference. That's two free wins, and UNC, playing host to Illinois, should be healthy favorites in that one too.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 5:25 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner was named to the Phil Steele's preseason All-America first team.

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner has been a three-year starter and has been the anchor for the Tarheel's offensive line. As a sophomore, the North Carolina prospect started all 13 games at right guard and started all 11 games he played in last season. With a another strong season under his belt, Turner could be a day 1 selection.
Jun 3 - 3:32 PM

NFL Media ranks UNC HC Larry Fedora as the No. 14 college football coach on the hot seat.

"A far-reaching academic scandal hasn't helped Fedora and actually might be his saving grace; UNC administrators know Fedora didn't cause the problem, but he is suffering from the fallout, so he might be given an extra year or two to let things settle down," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Still, his teams have underachieved, especially on defense." Pedestrian overall with a 21-17 record in three seasons, Fedora's teams at UNC have been annoyingly similar: They're high-scoring outfits who play some of the worst defense you'll see at the highest level of college. He's 1-2 against Duke and 0-2 versus East Carolina, which doesn't help either.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 11:39 PM


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