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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says redshirt junior TE Brandon Fritts "displays skill as both a pass catcher and blocker."

Fritts (6'4/249) was limited to nine games due to injury last year. In seven starts, he had six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. UNC lost a ton of receiving talent this offseason, so Fritts is in line for an uptick in touches.
Aug 10 - 3:46 PM

UNC redshirt junior DT Jeremiah Clarke has "tremendous upside," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline," and he "dominates... when he wants to."

"Clarke offers size, athleticism and power. There are times when he destroys double-team blocks to make plays in the backfield or outside the box. Then there are instances when he disappears for stretches," Pauline wrote. Pauline graded Clarke as a third-rounder off 2015 film but was "disappointed he didn’t take his game to another level last season." With Nazair Jones gone, Clarke has a nice opportunity to make good in 2017.
Aug 10 - 1:40 PM

UNC redshirt freshman DL Marlon Dunlap announced his transfer to Florida.

Dunlap will be forced to redshirt the 2017 season. He appeared in seven games in 2016. He was viewed as a three-star high school recruit.
Aug 7 - 10:34 AM

North Carolina redshirt senior DT Khaliel Rodgers retired from football.

"The goals I’ve set for myself are bigger than football," Rodgers said. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder graduated from USC and originally announced he would transfer to Iowa State for the upcoming season before flipping to UNC. Capable of playing on either the offensive or defensive line, Rodgers has now decided to hang up his cleats for good.
Aug 6 - 2:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that North Carolina junior ILB Andre Smith "falls short for the measuring tape" but is a "consistent, three-down defender."

"He stacks well against the run, shows a great head for the ball and holds his own in coverage," Pauline wrote. "I presently grade him as a fourth or fifth-round prospect." Smith (6'0/235) started 12 of 13 games for the Tar Heels last season, posting 113 tackles, six TFL, a sack, three passes defended and a forced fumble. His 8.7 tackles per game average ranked as the seventh-best in the ACC. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. previously graded Smith as the No. 4 underclassman draft prospect at his position.
Aug 2 - 1:49 PM

UNC senior cornerback M.J. Stewart is drawing grades between Rds. 1-3, reports Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Pauline thinks he's more of a third-rounder, himself. "Stewart is a tough defender with solid ball skills. He makes plays against the run and screen passes and holds his own in coverage. He’s a feisty prospect who could line up in nickel packages at the next level," he wrote. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Stewart was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection in 2016 while leading the team with 11 pass breakups. He's No. 3 in the UNC record books with 29 career pass breakups. "What concerns me are the lack of height and playing speed. He struggles matching up against taller receivers and does not show a closing burst or recovery speed," Pauline wrote.
Aug 2 - 1:10 PM

North Carolina HC Larry Fedora will be part of the contingent present for the university's hearing in front of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

The hearing is scheduled to take place from August 16-17, meaning that it will take Fedora away from preseason camp for a few days. North Carolina has been under investigation for possible academic violations for the better part of a decade, with the NCAA issuing them a revised Notice of Allegations in April of 2016.
Source: wncn.com
Jul 25 - 8:43 PM

Daily Tar Heels' Chapel Fowler writes that North Carolina senior WR Austin Proehl is Ryan Switzer's "heir at slot receiver and may play on the outside, too."

The Tar Heels lost about 70% of their receiving production after the close of the 2016 season, with Switzer, Mack Hollins and Bug Howard all finding their way onto NFL rosters in the spring. Proehl has the bloodlines for football -- his father, Ricky Proehl, played in the NFL for 17 seasons -- and is fresh off his most productive season since joining the Tar Heels, having logged a 43-597-3 receiving line in 2016. Alas for Proehl, his upside might end up being capped by what Brandon Harris -- assuming Harris wins the job -- can give at quarterback.
Jul 10 - 5:02 PM

UNC sophomore RB Jordan Brown is only returning running back on the roster who carried the ball for the Tar Heels last year.

As a true freshman last year playing behind Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan, Brown played in five games and had 20 rushing attempts for 45 yards. Now that Hood and Logan are gone, Brown is expected to take over as the feature back for the rebuilding Tar Heels, but he'll have to fend off Auburn grad transfer RB Stanton Truitt. Brown was a four-star recruit who was listed as the No. 7 all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.
Jul 8 - 3:11 PM

North Carolina reinstated senior LB Allen Artis.

Artis had his sexual assault charges dismissed by the district attorney’s office last week. He'd previously been on an indefinite suspension from the program. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Artis has 20 tackles over 27 career appearances.
Jul 7 - 2:30 PM

UNC redshirt junior OLB Cole Holcomb power cleans 395, hang cleans 395 and squats 585.

Holcomb had no FBS scholarship offers out of high school but has built himself into a player in the weight room. He started all 13 games at outside linebacker last year, finishing fifth in the ACC in tackles per game (8.8 avg.) while leading the team with 115 tackles. Holcomb also had five TFL, five pass breakups and one sack. He's the top UNC player in their "Pound for Pound Power Index" (Total Weight/Body Weight).
Source: SI
Jul 7 - 1:41 PM

North Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Jordyn Adams.

Clemson was also in the final mix here, but HC Larry Fedora won out over Dabo Swinney in the end. Adams (6'2/175) models his game after those of former Ohio State QB/WR Braxton Miller and current Giants star O'Dell Beckham Jr. He spoke specifically to how he sees a bit of Miller in himself, citing "[h]is hands and his explosiveness with the football in his hands. Adams ranks as Rivals' No. 128 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 6 - 8:40 PM

North Carolina senior LB Allen Artis' charges of misdemeanor sexual battery and assault on a female were thrown out.

Upon that news dropping, UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham announced that Artis was cleared to rejoin the football program. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Artis has 20 tackles over 27 career appearances.
Source: Scout
Jun 30 - 2:58 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked North Carolina junior ILB Andre Smith as the No. 4 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Smith (6'0/235) started 12 of 13 games for the Tar Heels last season and turned in a phenomenally productive statistical season in that space. The then-junior logged a healthy 113 tackles (6.0 for loss), a sack, three passes defended and a forced fumble for the campaign as a whole. His 8.7 tackles per game average ranked as seventh-most in the ACC.
Jun 29 - 7:18 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 QB Tyler Shough announced that he has committed to North Carolina.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Shough is Scout's No. 16 quarterback and No. 183 player overall in the 2018 recruiting class. Stock rapidly rising, Shough was recently picked to compete in the Elite 11 finals later this month. The Tar Heels are thrilled. The departure of Mitch Trubisky led to the signing of LSU grad transfer Brandon Harris. HC Larry Fedora will need to find a new starting quarterback once again in 2018, and that's where Shough might come in.
Jun 19 - 3:05 PM


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