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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

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 22-of-36 passes for 243 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 81 yards and two touchdowns in Tuesday's 49-38 loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior played well but found himself in an unwinnable score-for-score proposition because his defense no-showed. Williams broke through as a senior, throwing for over 3,000 yards and rushing for nearly 1,000. Now that his collegiate career is over, what's next? TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last month that Williams "entered the season with free agent grades" but showed enough ability "to make plays with his arm and legs" that he'll "surely [be given] late round consideration." NFL.com's Bucky Brooks says that "the jury is still out on whether Williams has enough blue-chip traits to be a legitimate quarterback prospect at the next level." We'll find out soon enough.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 09:56:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 118 yards on 13 carries in Tuesday's 49-38 loss against Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The 6-foot, 221-pound sophomore had little trouble gashing Baylor, but was deprived of opportunities because his defense laid down throughout, forcing the necessity of excessive passing attempts. Hood's best moment was a 67-yard jaunt that fell just short of the goal line. Hood finishes his sophomore campaign with 1,463 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He'll be one of the nation's best returning runners in 2016.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 09:42:00 PM

North Carolina junior WR Mack Hollins was ejected in the third quarter of Tuesday's game against Baylor for targeting.

On a completed swing pass, Hollins circled back and launched himself into a defenseless Baylor defender on a block. The video of the play is available at the link below. Hollins' ouster is a big loss for the Tar Heels, who use the big and athletic receiver to take the top off of defenses. Since Baylor is susceptible to getting ripped deep, the UNC offense is losing a critical cog to its attack.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 08:22:00 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner is "a classic drive blocker, overpowering opponents with his stout frame and strength," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"Rated 3rd among senior Offensive Guards Turner isn't a flashy athlete, showing limited agility to block on the move. For teams looking for a "quick" improvement to their running game, however, Turner makes sense," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner is a mauler in the run game, showing solid technique and power. Turner was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week four times in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 02:25:00 PM

UNC junior WR Ryan Switzer will return to school for the 2016 season.

We aren;t stereotyping when we say Switzer shines in the slot, taking shorter passes for big gains thanks to his quickness and he can get vertical with speed. Switzer is also a very good kick and punt returner and is close to the record in career punt return touchdowns. The Patriots are already salivating ahead of the 2017 draft.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 10:19:00 AM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 11-of-33 passes for 224 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 81 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-37 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

Williams posted a strong statistical evening for DFS players, but following his second touchdown pass of the contest--a three-yard scoring strike to Ryan Switzer with 3:52 remaining in the second quarter to give the Tar Heels a 16-14 lead--North Carolina wouldn't score again until near the end of the third quarter. That touchdown came via a one-yard run by Williams. In between those two scores, Clemson put up 21 points. Fast-forward to the fourth quarter, when the 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior hit Switzer again for a 14-yard score with 1:13 remaining. On the ensuing onside kick, UNC recovered at the 50-yard line with a chance to tie if they scored a touchdown-plus-two-point-conversion. Or they would have earned that chance, had they not been whistled for a phantom off-sides call on the kick. This one will surely sting for a while.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 12:41:00 AM

ESPN's Joe Schad reports that North Carolina and HC Larry Fedora have agreed to a new seven-year contract.

Financial details have not yet been disclosed. The Tar Heels moved quickly to lock up Fedora and prevent a school flush in cash -- South Carolina is one -- from trying to steal him. In short order, this could become one of the best days of Fedora's life. If the Heels can upset Clemson later, they'll have a strong argument for inclusion in the College Football Playoff over Ohio State.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 02:20:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams said that he was "excited to get back down to Charlotte and have some fun."

Williams was picked off three times by South Carolina in a season opening loss in Charlotte. He'll be heading back searching for regional redemption in the ACC title game against Clemson on Saturday. Wideout Ryan Switzer's been impressed with the 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior's growth over the course of the 2015 campaign, noting that "[Williams has] handled it very well. He’s matured a lot throughout the season because of the bumps that he had to overcome." Outside of the aforementioned loss to South Carolina and a two-interception day against Wake Forest, Williams hasn't thrown more than one pick in any singular game this season. Saturday's opponent is the best defense he'll face this season. Clemson's allowing under 130 yards rushing on average and just a smidge over 160 yards passing while yielding 18.83 points per game.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 10:47:00 PM

North Carolina redshirt senior S Sam Smiley will miss the remainder of the 2015 season due to a torn Achilles tendon.

Smiley suffered the torn Achilles in third quarter of last weekend's win over NC State. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound redshirt senior's undergone surgery to repair the tear and will miss Saturday's ACC title bout against Clemson. He'll also be sidelined for UNC's yet-to-be-determined bowl game. Prior to the injury, Smiley logged 35 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 10:29:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood "exhibits all of the traits NFL scouts covet in a RB1 at the next level," NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks observes.

"Against North Carolina State, Hood showed evaluators his impressive running skills as a power runner in 200-yard performance (21 carries for 221 yards and two scores)," Brooks writes. The North Carolina prospect has been a bell cow for the Tarheels this season, rushing for 1,280 yards and 16 touchdowns on 192 carries this year. Brooks adds that Hood "is on the verge of becoming a household name."
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 03:53:00 PM

UNC HC Larry Fedora said that if the Tar Heels beat Clemson in the ACC title game, they would be "deserving" of a spot in the CFB Playoff.

Said Fedora, "If we beat the No. 1 team in the country -- and Clemson is the No. 1 in the country and a consensus No. 1, and they've stayed No. 1 for a long time -- if that happens, then I believe our team is deserving." North Carolina lost their season-opener against South Carolina, but has reeled off 11 consecutive wins to reach the ACC championship game. While they've played impressively during their stretch run, they were still stuck behind a trio of two-loss teams in last Tuesday's Playoff rankings. They should move up when the latest rankings are released (a whopping five teams ahead of them lost), but Fedora and company understand that the only real way for them to crash the postseason gates will be to slay Clemson. If they do that, there's "not a doubt in [Fedora's] mind" that UNC will be deserving of an ascension to the ultimate Top-4.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 03:50:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 19-of-30 passes for 174 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 45-34 win over NC State.

Not much doing here for hopeful DFS players. Williams did add 53 rushing yards on 10 carries, but he ceded the big offensive numbers to RB Elijah Hood, who exploded for 220 rushing yards. With the touchdown pass, Williams has now accounted for 28 total touchdowns to help lead the Tar Heels to 10 consecutive wins after they dropped their opener to South Carolina. That loss feels like it happened eons ago. Up next, an ACC title bout with Clemson. Given the way both teams are playing, that one could be a glorious game.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 08:10:00 PM


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