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UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood is the favorite to start.

"If we were playing today, he'd be our guy," Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said. "He practices a little bit different than everybody else." Hood, the No. 9 RB prospect in the 2014 class, was a part-timer his first year on campus. He's ranked as the No. 45 breakout candidate in the country by ESPN's Travis Haney.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 9:25 PM

UNC sophomore linebacker Tyrell Tomlin has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2015 season.

Tomlin played in 10 games as a freshman and recorded four tackles. The 5-foot-11, 235-pounder would likely have seen an expanded role this season, but those plans will be put on hold now that he's been deemed academically ineligible for the 2015 season. He was a four-star recruit out of high school and rated as the 16th best ILB recruit in the country.
Aug 19 - 6:15 PM

UNC junior WR Ryan Switzer wants his play on the field to speak for itself.

Last season, Switzer had some absolute gems of self-promotion. He mentioned himself as a potential Heisman candidate in August and, during the season, once said "because people are stupid, man" when asked why punters continued to kick to him. Despite the bravado, he hauled in 61 passes for a mere 757 yards and four touchdowns a year ago. This time around, he's approaching the game differently. Said Switzer, "It turns out that when you don’t create that added pressure for yourself and you stay kind of out of the spotlight and everything, you’re kind of more at peace with yourself. I think that’s just a part of me maturing and growing and becoming a man." Draft experts truly do love his return potential at the next level, though, and if he rises in the draft from the later rounds, his return ability figures to be a big reason why.
Aug 17 - 5:57 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner "will attract the attention of NFL evaluators with his ability to create movement at the line of scrimmage," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"He's not too heavy-footed to protect the quarterback, either," Reuter wrote. "He'll be looking to prove he belongs in the top half of the first round this season." Reuter ranks him as the class' No. 12 overall senior prospect. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner made Phil Steele's preseason All-American First Team and ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the top senior guard prospect in the country.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 15 - 9:13 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, UNC senior QB Marquise Williams "could grow into a solid NFL quarterback in time, or get a look as an athlete if he shows the aptitude."

"Williams is known for his running ability; after all, he led the Tar Heels in rushing the past two years," Reuter wrote. "...[Williams] worked with quarterback coach George Whitfield and attended the Manning Passing Academy to work on his craft." The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Williams completed 63 percent of his passes, threw for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for another 788 with 13 touchdowns last season.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 9:47 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that UNC coaches "speak highly" of junior WR Ryan Switzer.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder earned First-Team honors as a true freshman in 2013 and posted 61 receptions for 757 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. If nothing else, he should carve out a niche as a returner at the next level. Pauline grades Switzer as a preseason 6th-round prospect.
Aug 9 - 3:14 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "Tar Heel coaches rave" about UNC junior CB Brian Walker.

Pauline doesn't currently see Walker as a draftable prospect, but the junior has a few years left to change that. Walker was a member of the UNC track team during the spring. He finished last year with 38 tackles and a team-high three interceptions.
Aug 8 - 12:23 AM

North Carolina junior CB Desmond Lawrence "offers nice size and sold ball skills," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Lawrence finished last season with 71 tackles, ranking third on the team. The analyst stamped him as a Rds. 6-7 prospect. His bio indicates Lawrence wants to play for the local Panthers in the NFL. It also said he wants to guest star on the reality TV show "Real Husbands of Hollywood." We wish the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder the best in both endeavors.
Aug 7 - 11:09 PM

UNC senior CB Malik Simmons has been suspended for the first two games of the season.

Simmons' suspension stems from a pair of arrests earlier this summer, one for resisting a police officer and the other for marijuana possession. These charges were deferred and Simmons will have to do 24 hours of community service by February 4. With the charges themselves settled, UNC has opted to suspend the projected starter for the first two games of the season. Head coach Larry Fedora indicated in a released statement that he is "confident [Simmons] will learn from it and we can put these issues in the past."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 7 - 7:10 PM

UNC reinstated senior CB Malik Simmons.

Tar Heels HC Larry Fedora suspended Simmons indefinitely late last month after he was arrested for the second time of the summer. Both arrests were on misdemeanor charges, one for resisting an officer and the other for marijuana possession. Fedora said he is "waiting to see the thing play out" before taking further internal action. Now that he's back with the team, we imagine Simmons, a projected starter, has dodged a potential suspension.
Aug 3 - 5:58 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner "is the best player on an underrated Tar Heels offense, a legitimate NFL prospect with the possibility that he'll be the first guard off the board," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"A 6-foot-4, 325-pound senior, Turner has excelled as a physical run blocker in 28 career starts," Brown wrote. Brown pegs Turner as the No. 11 offensive lineman and No. 73 overall player in the country. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner made Phil Steele's preseason All-American First Team and ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the top senior guard prospect in the country.
Jul 31 - 8:45 PM

UNC has suspended senior CB Malik Simmons after he was arrested this summer.

The two arrests were both on misdemeanor charges, one for resisting a police officer and one for marijuana possession. Simmons started 15 games over the course of the last two seasons and was expected to be on the first team this year.
Jul 26 - 12:38 PM

Vanderbilt junior WR Jordan Cunningham will transfer to UNC.

Cunningham will need to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA regulations and will return in 2016 as a redshirt junior. Cunningham was more productive as a freshman than as a sophomore and totaled 19 receptions for 150 yards during his two years with the Commodores.
Jul 23 - 11:43 AM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter pegs North Carolina's Landon Turner and Ohio State's Pat Elflein as the two frontrunners to earn first-team All-American nods at guard.

Reuter noted that Elflein (6-3, 300) "can be dominant as well as technically sound" and Turner "a road grader with nimble feet for his size." The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner made Phil Steele's preseason All-American First Team. "Turner will end up using his solid pass-protection skills more than usual if senior quarterback Marquise Williams and his strong group of receivers take the lead on offense this fall," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 7:26 PM

North Carolina senior G Landon Turner "provides a stabilizing force as the anchor of the line for what should be a prolific attack in 2015," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Brown pegs Turner as the No. 11 offensive lineman in the country. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner made Phil Steele's preseason All-American First Team. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the top senior guard prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Jul 17 - 6:43 PM


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