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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 sophomore RB Ty'Son Williams will transfer.

Williams isn't without his talents -- Scout.com graded him as a four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle -- but his opportunities this coming season were likely going to be limited with Elijah Hood serving as the Tar Heels' clear No. 1 back. Senior T.J. Logan is also in the mix and has the experience edge on Williams, who saw 19 carries for 57 yards as a true freshman. The 6-foot, 220-pounder's immediate transfer destination is unknown.
Jun 16 - 12:31 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

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


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