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UNC junior QB Marquise Williams "is playing the position better than anyone in the ACC, including the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston," NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes.

Williams' huge second half -- he has accounted for 18 touchdowns (nine passing and nine rushing) in UNC's last five games -- have made him a hot name in the scouting community, which previously ignored him. "Williams has given the Tar Heels' offense a spark with his explosive skills as a dual-threat playmaker and helped the team become bowl eligible for the third straight season," Brooks wrote. "Although Williams' game isn't ideally suited for the NFL, the fact that he has accounted for 32 total scores in 2014 will certainly raise eyebrows in the scouting community."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 25 - 1:16 AM

UNC junior QB Marquise Williams is a prospect to keep an eye on next year, according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Williams completed 18-of-27 attempts for 276 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday in the win over Duke. He has improved his completion percentage by more than five percent this season, up to 63.4, but is taking too many sacks. Williams is also a running threat.
Nov 21 - 11:15 AM

North Carolina junior QB Marquise Williams completed 18-of-27 attempts for 276 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 45-20 upset win over Duke.

It wasn't even as close as the blowout score suggests. The Tar Heels controlled the game from the jump and led 38-7 midway through the third quarter. The defense was stellar, and so was Williams, who added 98 yards and a pair of scores on the ground. Williams isn't being discussed as an NFL prospect yet, but he's improving week by week. If that continues through the end of next season, he could be playing on Sundays in 2016.
Nov 20 - 11:52 PM

North Carolina junior QB Marquise Williams said that he's "not looking to prove people wrong."

The junior said that instead of trying to quiet critics, he's "just doing what [he] need[s] to to win football games," adding that "the numbers speak for themselves." The numbers he is referring to have him near the top of the ACC in multiple categories. Since October 1, Williams leads the conference in Total QBR. Only FSU's Jameis Winston has more passing yards than Williams' 1,606. Williams was splitting time with Mitch Trubisky at the start of the season, but has settled into a groove since taking over full-time. Now that he's entrenched as the sole starter, Williams' only goal is "to finish the season strong because people are going to remember us for what we did in November. That’s all we care about right now."
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 19 - 8:10 PM

North Carolina sophomore RB Khris Francis will miss the remainder of the season with a major knee injury.

Francis suffered the devastating injury in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh. No date has been set for the surgery. Rivals.com ranked Francis the No. 96 running back in the country out of high school. In his 2013 freshman campaign, Francis rushed for 263 yards on 63 carries.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 17 - 11:56 PM

UNC freshman RB Elijah Hood is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh.

At the moment, the Tar Heels have not released any information on Hood's injury. The North Carolina prospect has missed the three games that he's been listed as doubtful. On the season, the 6-foot, 221-pounder has 199 yards rushing and leads the team with 4 rushing touchdowns.
Nov 14 - 2:12 PM

UNC senior "bandit" LB Norkeithus Otis has been a disappointment this season, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline had Otis marked as a possible sixth or seventh round pick prior to the 2014 season. "To date we’ve both been disappointed," writes Pauline. "Otis lines up as a bandit back in the Tar Heel formation to take advantage of his athleticism and pass rushing skill but has posted 26 tackles and 3 sacks this season." Pauline acknowledges that Otis was dealing with injuries at the start of the season and that they may have been a factor when trying to figure the senior's inconsistencies.
Nov 3 - 6:00 PM

North Carolina senior RB Romar Morris has been suspended for one game following his DWI charge.

Morris was arrest at 4:12 on Sunday morning and has been charged with impaired driving. He will miss North Carolina's tilt with Pittsburgh on November 15th. "We hold our players accountable for their actions and when a player makes a poor decision, he must face the consequences," Tar Heel HC Larry Fedora said in a statement. "I’m hopeful Romar will learn from his mistake and make better decisions in the future." This season, Morris has accumulated 162 yards and four touchdowns in spot/backup duty.
Nov 3 - 5:44 PM

North Carolina junior QB Marquise Williams completed 15-of-28 attempts for 259 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 28-27 upset win over Virginia.

He added 49 ground yards and a rushing score. To put it simply: Williams has saved UNC's bacon over the last year. When Bryn Renner was ruled out last season, Williams helped guide the team to a 6-1 finish and a Belk Bowl win against Cincinnati. Coming into this game, Williams had been named ACC Offensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks after setting a school record with 898 total offensive yards in the Heels’ past two games.
Oct 26 - 4:52 PM

UNC freshman RB Elijah Hood is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game against Virginia.

At the moment, it's unknown what Hood's injury is, as the Tar Heels have not disclosed details of his injury. The Freshman RB was listed as doubtful versus Georgia Tech and did not end up playing last week. On the season, the 6-foot, 221-pounder has 199 yards rushing and leads the team with 4 rushing touchdowns.
Oct 24 - 2:40 PM

UNC sophomore WR Ryan Switzer caught nine balls for 136 yards and a pair of scores in Saturday's 48-43 win over Georgia Tech.

It was his second career 100-yard game, and his first of 2014. Because he works out of the slot and excels in the open field, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Switzer compares his game to Tavon Austin. Switzer tied an NCAA record by returning five punts for touchdowns last season.
Oct 20 - 5:00 PM

UNC freshman RB Elijah Hood is considered doubtful to play against Georgia Tech.

The Tar Heels do not disclose details of their injuries, so we are not sure what is ailing Hood. The true freshman's numbers are not eye popping this season, recording 193 yards and four touchdowns on 56 touches. The biggest issue might be his inability to break a big play, as his longest runs have gone for 19 and 18 yards.
Oct 17 - 10:50 AM

UNC sophomore WR Ryan Switzer caught five balls for 67 yards in Saturday's loss to Virginia Tech.

He also returned six punts for only seven yards. Switzer tied an NCAA record by returning five punts for touchdowns last season. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Switzer compares his game to Tavon Austin. He similarly does his damage from the slot and in the open field.
Oct 5 - 6:33 PM

UNC senior DB Tim Scott has "really struggled since moving to safety," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Scott started 32 games at corner before Tar Heels' coaches asked him to play free safety in last year's Belk Bowl. He played so well in that game -- six tackles and a sack -- that he was moved to safety permanently. "After showing next level skill at cornerback the prior two seasons, Scott has really struggled since moving to safety on a full time basis this year," Pauline wrote. "He looked sluggish, slow to respond and indecisive as the Tar Heels scratched out a victory over San Diego State. In one series during the third quarter Scott was late in coverage which resulted in a 59-yard pass completion for SDSU then was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty. And while he had some positive moments during the contest Scott is a late round prospect who best quickly pick up the pace of his game."
Sep 9 - 6:48 PM

North Carolin suspended cornerbacks Des Lawrence, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker and linebacker Donnie Miles for one game for a violation of team policy.

Head coach Larry Fedora announced the suspensions on Wednesday afternoon. "We’re going to hold all of our guys accountable for everything they do on the field and off the field," Fedora said. "We also have very high expectations for our guys in this program and they didn’t meet those expectations." The four players were reportedly involved in a hazing incident, though Fedora didn't get into that. He said he was unsure if the school had completed its investigation, but that he felt he had enough information to make the decision. UNC opens with Liberty, so they shouldn't miss the depth; all suspended players were backups.
Aug 27 - 7:56 PM


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