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Former Illinois HC Tim Beckman is no longer volunteering on the UNC coaching staff.

Head coach Larry Fedora seemed to be caught in a favor for his friend Beckman, who he worked with at Oklahoma State. Beckman was out of a job and likely wanted to stay busy, but Fedora received more attention than expected from the media for the move. "I brought Tim here to help a friend gain experience from our staff, but after meeting with him today, we agreed his presence had become too much of a distraction," Fedora said. Apparently UNC officials were not aware of Bekcman's presence on the team.
Aug 26 - 9:19 AM

UNC HC Larry Fedora offered a resolute response to critics of his decision to bring in former Illinois HC Tim Beckman as a volunteer.

"Let me make something clear so everybody understands: I'm the one that sets the expectations on our culture and how our student-athletes are treated. I'm at the top, I set it for everybody," Fedora said. Beckman was fired from Illinois one week before the start of the 2015 and has previously been accused of influencing medical decisions regarding injured players. Volunteering with the Tar Heels, Beckman will not be allowed to coach players in a traditional sense, but will be involved with film study and scouting, particularly in regards to the defensive line.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 25 - 1:09 PM

Former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman is volunteering on UNC's coaching staff, focusing on the defensive line.

Beckman and UNC head coach Larry Fedora worked together in 2007 at Oklahoma State, where Beckman coached on defense and Fedora was offensive coordinator. Beckman joins Gene Chizik as former high profile head coaches on UNC's staff.
Aug 24 - 9:45 AM

North Carolina's skill position talent was praised by an anonymous ACC coach talking to Athlon Sports.

"Their receiving corps is really good — Mack Hollins and Ryan Switzer are both legit all-league guys — and Elijah Hood gives them a power running game," he said. We're bullish on the school's new quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, as well. As for the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Hollins, he caught 30 passes for 745 yards (24.8 yards per reception) and eight touchdowns last year.
Aug 6 - 10:54 AM

North Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 T Billy Ross.

"With [Ross'] size, ability to quickly set and balance he has the ability, with some refinement, to be strong in pass protection," wrote ESPN's Craig Haubert. Haubert also notes that the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder "generate[s] a strong initial surge in the run game." Continued work on technique should help on that front. Ross sits at No. 163 on the ESPN 300 and is the fourth ESPN 300 prospect to commit to North Carolina for the 2017 cycle.
Aug 1 - 3:18 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood squats 635 pounds.

Now that's strength. After he achieved 635 pounds, prior to his sophomore season, the strength coaches banned him from adding any more weight. Hood also benches 375, power cleans 338 and hoists up a combined 1,150 pounds between the bench, squat and power clean. The 6-foot, 221-pounder is even better on the gridiron, rushing for 1,463 rushing yards and scoring 17 touchdowns overall last season.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 29 - 5:29 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

ESPN's Tom Luginbill praised four-star 2017 T Billy Ross' bulldog attitude.

"A candidate at offensive tackle or guard for the next level," Luginbill wrote, "[Ross] plays with a nasty streak and shows flashes of dominance in the trenches." The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder ranks as ESPN 300's No. 163 overall recruit for the 2017 cycle. He has drawn offers from the likes of Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Oregon.
Jun 17 - 1:28 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


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