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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

North Carolina redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky completed 10 of his first 11 passes during the program's spring game on April 16.

A nice start for Trubisky, though it should be noted that after starting 10-of-11, he completed just three of his next 11 attempts. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder finished his spring game duties having thrown for 148 yards and a touchdown. Less than a week later, UNC HC Larry Fedora to name Trubisky the Tar Heel starter for the 2016 season. In limited work last season, he completed 40-of-47 passes for 55 yards with a 6-0 TD/INT ratio. Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis views him as a potential dark horse Heisman candidate. Even if he isn't able to truly crack the award conversation, North Carolina's offense is primed to pick up where it left off after QB Marquise Williams rode off into the sunset.
May 9 - 6:50 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranked New Orleans' UDFA class the best in the NFL.

The prospect disbursement process does not end when the Draft does. This year's deep class offered us an assortment of undrafted prospects who would have been picked in past years. The Saints, who had only five picks, dominated in the post-Draft hours. "The Saints found two potential starters in guards Landon Turner and Avery Young (who could end up at tackle eventually)," Reuter wrote. "Offensive tackle Ryker Mathews and centers Jack Allen and Marcus Henry also have NFL futures." The analyst also liked the signing of DBs De'Vante Harris, Ken Crawley, Trae Elston and Michael Caputo and WRs Jordan Williams (tough possession receiver) or Jared Dangerfield (taller downfield threat).
Source: NFL.com
May 4 - 5:47 PM

Vikings signed North Carolina QB Marquise Williams.

Williams (6'2/218) made 33 starts for the Tar Heels, succeeding Bryn Renner under center and completing 61.3% of his career throws with a 7.82 YPA, 61:25 TD-to-INT ratio, and 35 rushing scores. He earned second-team All-ACC as a senior. A dual threat in college, Williams turned in a disappointing Pro Day, running 4.81 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical. Williams offers toughness and plus arm strength, but his ball location was consistently poor in the ACC and Williams isn't athletic enough for a position switch. Williams likely lacks an NFL future, but we could envision him lighting up the Arena League.
May 3 - 8:01 PM

Saints signed North Carolina OG Landon Turner.

Turner (6'4/330) made 42 college starts, earning first-team All-America as a senior after a dominant run-blocking season in the ACC. A thickly-built road grader, Turner has short arms (32 7/8") but huge hands (10 3/8") and a mauler's mentality. He has bust potential due to plodding athleticism, running 5.58 with a pathetic 7-foot-4 broad jump in Indy. A straight-line power blocker, Turner will have a chance to become an NFL starter only if utilized correctly.
May 1 - 1:25 AM

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


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