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UNC four-star 2017 verbal RB commit Adarius Lemons said that Florida is making a legitimate push for him to flip his pledge.

"[Florida] told me if I didn’t commit they would have to recruit other backs," Lemons said. "Now that I know how highly they think of me. I just don’t know. I have them telling me how if I committed, I would be the only back they take in 2017." While Lemons remains committed to the Tar Heels, 247Sports' Crystal Ball sees both UNC and Florida as having a 33% shot at his eventual signature. The Clearwater, Florida, native indicated that his mother would prefer for him to remain in-state. At the very least, he will be taking an official visit to Gainesville this fall.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 23 - 4:11 PM

UNC senior G John Ferranto tore his left pectoral muscle during a Monday workout.

Ferranto underwent surgery to repair the torn pec on Wednesday and is expected to miss six months. On that timetable, the 6-foot-5, 291-pounder would be sidelined for the entire 2016 season. A 17-game starter, Ferranto shifted from tackle to guard during the spring and fronted the Tar Heel's preseason depth chart as a potential starter at right guard for the coming campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 15 - 4:06 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks UNC junior DT Nazair Jones as the No. 79 overall player in college football.

"There’s a good chance that Jones is going to have a monster season and we may look back at this ranking as laughably low," Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo wrote. Jones already has a +40.3 PFF grade over 842 career snaps, +24.8 against the run and +14.6 as a pass rusher. "Jones was limited to only 10 games a year ago, so a full season of action should put him on the radar for All-American status and attention from the NFL," Palazzolo wrote. "Perhaps most impressive about Jones: he’s only graded 'in the red' once in two years." Jones has added more than 40 pounds since arriving on campus. He posted 40 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception during the 2015 regular season.
Jul 8 - 5:43 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood is the No. 91 player in Pro Football Focus' college football player rankings.

Last season as a super sophomore, Hood finished No. 7 with an elusive rating of 95.7 and No. 13 with a +20.4 rushing grade. The 6-foot, 221-pounder had 1,463 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns overall. "The North Carolina passing game is poised for a huge year, but opposing teams can’t look past the running game," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "[Hood] averaged 4.1 yards after contact per rush, second-best in the nation, and if he can cut down on his four fumbles, he’ll be right there in the second tier of this loaded group of running backs."
Jul 6 - 6:19 PM

North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham said that the university would respond to the latest NCAA Notice of Allegations before the required deadline.

UNC was given 90 days to respond to the notice. They have one month remaining on that, but should be able to meet the deadline without issue. Per the Associated Press, all of this is "an offshoot of a 2010 NCAA probe into the football program, center[ing] on independent study-style courses offering GPA-boosting grades in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department." The NCAA initially sent a NOA to North Carolina during May of 2015, one which detailed five potentially major violations. In August, UNC reported additional information to the NCAA, which required a revised notice. That was not issued until April of this year. Cunningham indicated that it is too early in the process to know whether self-imposed sanctions would be levied in the future.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 24 - 3:51 PM

According to Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley, UNC redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky's "grades were simply so high on a per-snap basis" last year that he must mentioned on any breakout list.

The analyst prefaced his remarks by mentioning that those grades from an "extremely small sample size." Even so, Trubisky is a lauded prospect who has shined whenever he has stepped foot on the field. In all, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder completed 40-of-47 passes for 555 yards and a 6/0 TD/INT ratio, including 11-of-16 passing on throws 10 or more yards downfield. Keep in mind that 20 of those attempts came against FCS school Delaware. "Between Trubisky and Elijah Hood, one of the most underrated running backs in the country, there is plenty of reason for optimism for the Tar Heels offense this year," Dooley wrote. North Carolina HC Larry Fedora says Trubisky boasts "the strongest arm" of any quarterback he's had in Chapel Hill.
Jun 20 - 9:04 PM

North Carolina HC Larry Fedora says redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky boasts "the strongest arm" of any quarterback he's had in Chapel Hill.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has assumed Marquise Williams' old gig. The Tar Heels ranked No. 12 nationally in passing efficiency last fall and shouldn't be in line for a regression. Trubisky is a better passer than Williams and UNC returns underrated running back Elijah Hood and one of the nation's best receiving corps, led by Ryan Switzer.
Jun 14 - 5:57 PM

UNC senior WR Ryan Switzer told Sports Illustrated "I believe I'm a first-round talent."

"I believe I have the opportunity this year to show that," he said. Switzer, you may recall, famously said before his sophomore season that he could "possibly win a Heisman." The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder isn't at either level yet, but neither is out of the question. The NFL draft advisory committee gave him a mid-fourth-round grade after the season, so there's work to do. But to start with, Switzer is one of the best return men in college football history. With one more punt return touchdown, he'll tie the NCAA record shared by Texas Tech's Wes Welker -- to whom he is comped -- and Oklahoma's Antonio Perkins. "I think the joint package helps," HC Larry Fedora said. "At [the pro] level, the more you can do, the more valuable you are." On offense, Switzer caught 54 passes for 693 yards and six touchdown in 2015. He may flirt with 1,000 yards this fall.
Jun 13 - 4:48 PM

NDT Scouting's Kyle Crabbs called UNC senior WR Ryan Switzer a "sleeping giant in productivity."

Crabbs noted that while Switzer caught just six passes over his last two games, he managed to get open an additional eight times. He just didn't receive targets on those occasions. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior finished the 2015 season having caught 54 passes for 693 yards and six touchdowns. The slot standout has yet to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a season.
Jun 11 - 8:38 PM

North Carolina senior CB Des Lawrence had nine tackles, one TFL, one interception and and one sack in the spring game.

"The coaches have told us that in order for us to go to the next dance, the next place, the defense is going to have to step up," Lawrence said. "We were much faster than we were last year. From sideline to sideline, this defense is one of the fastest I believe I've seen." The Tar Heels were horrid against the run but had a top-20 pass defense last year. Lawrence and M.J. Stewart form one of the best corner duos in the country.
Jun 10 - 7:38 PM

Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley believes UNC junior RB Elijah Hood "might be the most underrated running back in the country."

Hood finished No. 2 in the FBS with a ludicrous 4.10 yards per attempt after contact last season. Only three established superstars -- Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette and Royce Freeman -- had better overall PFF grades versus Power-5 teams than Hood last year. Hood had a quiet 1,463 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He'll get far more press this fall.
Jun 9 - 4:35 PM

Per Bleacher Report's Ryan McCrystal, UNC senior WR Ryan Switzer makes up for his lack of speed and size "with incredible athleticism and body control."

You almost have to see Switzer in the open field to believe how difficult he is to corral. That skill is best seen on special teams. Way back in 2013, his first year of eligibility, Switzer led the FBS in punt return yards, average (20.9 per attempt) and touchdowns (five). The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder was up to his old tricks as a slot receiver (693 yards and six touchdowns on 54 receptions) and return man last year. McCrystal thinks he's a draftable commodity because of those skills.
Jun 2 - 4:25 PM

The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls speculated that North Carolina HC Larry Fedora could be a target for Baylor as they look to replace HC Art Briles.

We will stress -- and Bohls does stress -- that this is pure speculation, though it makes logical sense he would appeal to Baylor. Fedora already runs an uptempo offense with the Tar Heels. He actually began his collegiate coaching career with the Bears and coached up wide receivers, running backs and tight ends for six years during the early-to-mid 90's. Fedora just signed a seven-year contract with North Carolina in December, though, and for him to leave that comfortable situation for the turmoil in Texas would take guts, to say the least.
May 26 - 2:13 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson deemed North Carolina senior WR Mack Hollins to be the program's most versatile player.

A former walk-on, Hollins has already carved out a nice role as a receiving weapon in the Tar Heel offense. Last season, he caught 30 passes for 745 yards (that makes for a smooth 24.8 yards per reception) and eight touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder's versatility, though, comes on special teams. As Adelson notes, Hollins has been a special teams captain each of the past three seasons and takes part in most packages with that unit. "When he walked on at UNC, he was determined to make a name for himself on that unit -- and that mentality has never changed," Adelson wrote. That focus on an oft-unspoken-of part of the game should appeal to interested NFL parties come draft time, but Hollins is a legitimate receiver in his own right, too.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 2:35 PM

Lions signed UNC WR Quinshad Davis.

The Lions did not draft a wide receiver in Chicago, but they have added a few warm receiving bodies through street free agency. Among them, Davis (6'3, 218). He actually considered entering the 2015 draft before fracturing his tibia in bowl action. He has the desired frame to compete against larger corners, but lacks pure deep speed and ran the 40-yard dash in a middling 4.69 seconds during his Pro Day. Davis will have to grapple with fellow UDFA receiving signees Jay Lee (Baylor) and Jace Billingsley (Eastern Oregon) for a spot on the 53-man roster.
May 12 - 12:31 PM


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