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UNC senior WR Quinshad Davis "is an impressive size/speed downfield receiver who can stretch the field and outmuscle defensive backs for the ball," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder considered an early departure for the NFL, but a fractured right tibia in the Quick Lane Bowl ended that possibility. Reuter isn't concerned by Davis' dropping production (61-776-5 in 2012, 48-730-10 in 2013, 41-470-6 in 2014). "Already tied with NFL starter Hakeem Nicks for the school record for touchdowns with 21 using his height and strong hands, Davis could join Nicks as an early round pick if healthy and as productive as he was early in his career," he wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 3:29 PM

North Carolina redshirt junior G Caleb Peterson "has a workable frame for the position with adequate athleticism to block in motion and pick up extra rushers," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Peterson teams with Landon Turner to give the Tar Heels perhaps the nation's best guard duo. The former has started 22 games on the right side over the past two years and earned Academic All-ACC honors last season. "Peterson is at his best when he minds his mechanics and keeps his hands inside to control defenders, but he will get himself in trouble with holding when he allows his hands to get wide of his target," Brugler wrote. "A native of Auburn, Alabama, Peterson is the rare recruit who spurned offers from in-state powerhouses like Alabama and Auburn, committing to Southern Miss early in the process and then following Larry Fedora and the coaching staff to North Carolina."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 19 - 5:40 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes UNC senior WR Quinshad Davis "has the imposing height/length/athletic combination to create mismatches."

"A player that has drawn some Hakeem Nicks comparisons, Davis has the imposing height/length/athletic combination to create mismatches, which is why some in Chapel Hill are reminded of Nicks," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Davis recorded 41 receptions for 470 yards and six touchdowns last season. The North Carolina prospect has 21 career touchdown receptions, tied with Hakeem Nicks for the most in school history. It's safe to say, that Davis should own that record in the 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 4:12 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes UNC junior WR Ryan Switzer's "dynamic ability as a return man is what could earn him money in the NFL."

"He doesn't have ideal size, speed or build for the next level, but he is a pesky athlete, controlling his momentum extremely well in space with terrific feel and vision to make something out of nothing. Switzer doesn't necessarily separate himself on offense, but his dynamic ability as a return man is what could earn him money in the NFL," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Switzer has "All-American" return ability, as he earned First-Team honors as a true freshman in 2013. Switzer became a reliable playmaker on the offense last season, hauling in 61 receptions for 757 yards and four touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 3:16 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner is a "physical people mover" in the run game, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He uses consistent knee bend to generate point of attack burst from his lower body to be a physical people mover in the run game, showing patience and discipline. However, he can be too patient at times, which causes him to be late with his hands, relying on his big-bodied frame to do much of the work," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4,325-pound Turner is one of the top prospects at the guard position in 2015. The North Carolina prospect has 27 starts under his belt and is one of the Tarheels most consistent performers. Brugler adds that Turner has "some similarities to Duke's Laken Tomlinson."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 3:04 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner "will turn the heads of NFL general managers with his ability to move the line of scrimmage," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner is the best guard prospect in the nation heading into the year. "He's not too heavy-footed to protect the quarterback, either, and when he gets beat, he'll work hard to finish the block," Reuter wrote. "Will he crack the top half of the first round, or go late in the stanza like Duke's Laken Tomlinson this year? It's too early to tell, but I'll have fun watching him try to climb the rungs of the draft ladder." Turner made Phil Steele's preseason All-American First Team.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 11:55 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson argued that North Carolina will be the most improved ACC team that had a losing record last year.

She cited improvements on offense and defense as well as a schedule conducive to piling up wins. The offense returns star QB Marquise Williams and the defense now has Gene Chizik calling the shots along with an intriguing defensive line which features Nazair Jones, Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schoettmer. "Here is predicting that the UNC defense will give up less than 400 yards per game, which would be a nearly 100 yard improvement over a year ago," Adelson wrote. This season, the Heels play a typically mediocre ACC slate as well as South Carolina, North Carolina A&T, Illinois and Delaware in the non-conference. That's two free wins, and UNC, playing host to Illinois, should be healthy favorites in that one too.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 5:25 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner was named to the Phil Steele's preseason All-America first team.

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner has been a three-year starter and has been the anchor for the Tarheel's offensive line. As a sophomore, the North Carolina prospect started all 13 games at right guard and started all 11 games he played in last season. With a another strong season under his belt, Turner could be a day 1 selection.
Jun 3 - 3:32 PM

NFL Media ranks UNC HC Larry Fedora as the No. 14 college football coach on the hot seat.

"A far-reaching academic scandal hasn't helped Fedora and actually might be his saving grace; UNC administrators know Fedora didn't cause the problem, but he is suffering from the fallout, so he might be given an extra year or two to let things settle down," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Still, his teams have underachieved, especially on defense." Pedestrian overall with a 21-17 record in three seasons, Fedora's teams at UNC have been annoyingly similar: They're high-scoring outfits who play some of the worst defense you'll see at the highest level of college. He's 1-2 against Duke and 0-2 versus East Carolina, which doesn't help either.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 11:39 PM

High school QB Manny Miles, the son of LSU HC Les Miles, will be a preferred walk-on for UNC for the 2015 season.

Miles was an all-state baseball player in high school as well. He has dealt with injuries in the last two seasons, breaking his hand in the 2013 title game and injuring an ankle, which held out Miles from a few contests.
Jun 1 - 10:50 AM

UNC senior WR Quinshad Davis is "a potentially deadly red zone threat at the NFL level," wrote ESPN's David Hale.

He already fits that description at the collegiate level. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has 21 touchdowns in three seasons at UNC. "Last season was a minor step back for him, though, so he’ll need to be more consistent in 2015 if he wants to maximize his NFL opportunities," wrote Hale. He finished third on the Tar Heels with 41 receptions for 470 yards in 2014. Davis enters his senior campaign fifth in school history with 157 receptions.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 6:09 PM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter calls North Carolina senior G Landon Turner an "absolute road-grader" who "will turn the heads of NFL general managers with his ability to move the line of scrimmage."

Reuter ranks Turner as the No. 8 senior prospect. "He's not too heavy-footed to protect the quarterback, either ... and when he gets beat, he'll work hard to finish the block," Reuter wrote. "Will he crack the top half of the first round, or go late in the stanza like Laken Tomlinson this year? It's too early to tell, but I'll have fun watching him try to climb the rungs of the draft ladder." Turner (6-foot-4, 325) is the best guard prospect in the nation heading into the year.
Source: NFL.com
May 11 - 9:25 PM

North Carolina LB Norkeithus Otis was not invited to the NFL combine.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder was graded as a possible sixth- or seventh-round pick prior to the season by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, but the analyst wrote in November that Otis was a disappointment this season. The Tar Heels' "bandit" linebacker began the season on the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, but a hamstring injury hobbled him for most of the year.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 7:14 PM

Former Auburn HC Gene Chizik was named defensive coordinator at North Carolina.

A seemingly perfect fit between a coach looking to rebuild his brand and a defense that drew blood only from the eyes of spectators in 2014. North Carolina allowed 497.8 YPG -- ranking 120th in total defense -- and surrendered 39.0 PPG, 119th in the country. Chizik won the BCS national championship at Auburn in 2011, but was fired after the 2012 season when the Cam Newton-less Tigers promptly cratered. Chizik was formerly one of the game's most respected defensive minds.
Jan 19 - 7:20 PM

North Carolina senior LB Norkeithus Otis recorded three tackles in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

The Tar Heels' "bandit" linebacker began the season on the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, but ended it in disappointment after suffering through a hamstring injury for most of the year. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker was graded as a possible sixth or seventh round pick prior to the 2014 season by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, but the analyst wrote in November that Otis was a disappointment this season.
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