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Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo calls UNC redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky an NFL Draft breakout prospect and says he "drove the ball to the sideline with velocity and showed touch on the deep ball" against Pitt last time out.

PFF has Trubisky ranked among the nation’s top quarterbacks through four weeks. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt junior is No. 2 in the FBS in completion percentage at 74.5 percent along with a sterling 10/0 TD/INT rate. "There’s still room for Trubisky to grow from within the pocket as he’s often late to feel pressure and mechanical when trying to escape it, but there will also be times he breaks free from sacks or maneuvers out of the pocket in order to extend a play," Palazzolo wrote. "A screen-heavy offense and an outstanding array of pass catchers have certainly helped his cause, but Trubisky is primed to make some noise as he heads into the meat of ACC play." This week, UNC takes on a Derwin James-less Florida State.
Sep 30 - 3:55 PM

North Carolina senior WR Mack Hollins (undisclosed) is probable for Saturday's game against Florida State.

It is unknown exactly what Hollins might be dealing with health-wise, but whatever the ailment might be, it won't keep the speedster off the field on Saturday. In four games this season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior has caught eight passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging a robust 22.9 yards per reception.
Sep 30 - 1:48 PM

UNC senior WR Ryan Switzer posted his best game of the season in Saturday's 37-36 win over Pittsburgh, catching 16 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown.

Switzer snagged a 19-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Trubisky with a little over three minutes remaining in the first half. That score was his second of the season. Not only did Saturday see Switzer's first career 200-yard receiving game, it also saw his first with double-digit receptions. With this huge effort in the books, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior has now caught 33 passes for 429 yards and the aforementioned two scores.
Sep 24 - 7:36 PM

UNC redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky destroyed Pittsburgh in Saturday's 37-36 win, completing 35-of-46 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns.

After a slow start to the season, Trubisky is coming on hot. On Saturday, he threw three of his five touchdown passes in the first half. Scoring toss No. 5 was the most important one of the contest, though, as the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder hit Bug Howard for a two-yard touchdown with just six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to boost the Tar Heels to a 37-36 win. In his last two games alone, Trubisky has thrown for 885 yards with an 8/0 TD/INT ratio. He will try to keep up this happy roll against Florida State next weekend.
Sep 24 - 7:25 PM

UNC redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky completed 24-of-27 passes for 432 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 56-28 win over James Madison.

James Madison wasn't exactly the staunchest of opponents, but regardless, this was Trubisky's best game of the season. His 432 passing yards were more than he had managed through the first two games combined. Through three contests, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound redshirt junior has thrown for 853 yards with a 6/0 TD/INT ratio. A home start against Pitt shows next on the Tar Heels' schedule.
Sep 17 - 7:18 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Saturday's 48-23 win over Illinois.

Hood was mostly held in check through the first three quarters. The fourth quarter, not so much. The 6-foot, 221-pounder scored both of his touchdowns in the final period, rumbling in from seven yards out with 12:22 remaining and slashing his way for a 62-yard scoring run with 6:49 left in the game. Hood has rushed for 160 yards on 25 carries through two games. He should see a more extensive workload as the season progresses. One would hope.
Sep 10 - 11:54 PM

UNC redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky completed 19-of-24 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 48-23 win over Illinois.

Illinois proved to be the perfect salve for Trubisky, who struggled mightily in last Saturday's loss to Georgia. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder tossed touchdown passes of 24 and 20 yards to T.J. Logan and Mack Hollins, respectively. He also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first quarter. This performance is far more indicative of Trubisky's talent than his lackluster opener. He will look to back it up with another sturdy showing against James Madison next weekend.
Sep 10 - 11:49 PM

UNC redshirt sophomore DT Jeremiah Clarke "displayed his awesome potential" Saturday against Georgia, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst graded Clarke as a potential third-rounder last month. "Clarke plays with tremendous leverage and does not give up an inch of ground to opponents," Pauline wrote. "[Clarke] was able to make several nice plays on the ball as well as occupy gaps which allowed teammates to make the tackle. There’s nothing but upside to Clarke’s game and we could soon be talking about a potential top 45 choice." As a second-year frosh last year, Clarke collected 44 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.
Sep 6 - 6:11 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 72 yards on 10 carries in Saturday's loss to Georgia.

While Hood has never been a workhorse in the traditional sense (last season, he received 20 or more carries just three times), 10 carries is on the questionably low end. The 6-foot, 221-pound junior averaged a smooth 7.2 YPC on those attempts. He notched 1,463 yards on the ground to pair with 17 touchdowns in 2015.
Sep 3 - 9:46 PM

UNC redshirt junior QB Mitch Trubisky struggled in Saturday's 33-24 loss to Georgia, completing 24-of-40 passes for 156 yards and no touchdowns.

We remain Trubisky believers -- Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom has been pounding that drum since last offseason -- but this was not the most auspicious of starting debuts. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder averaged a paltry 3.9 YPA in the loss. He did manage a one-yard touchdown run, but given his overall output, that barely counts as a salve. He will try for better times in a road date with Illinois next Saturday.
Sep 3 - 9:35 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks North Carolina senior WR Mack Hollins as the No. 5 draft-eligible receiver.

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo sees Hollins as a prototypical size/speed prospect. "Hollins gets on cornerbacks quickly with his long strides and he can break down and run the intermediate route or run right by them for big plays," Palazzolo wrote. Hollins posted a superb 24.8 ypr last season. "Hollins needs to do a better job of catching the ball as he dropped six of 36 catchable targets last season," Palazzolo concluded. "If he can be a bigger part of UNC’s offense from a volume standpoint, we could see similar production to Mike Evans in his last year at Texas A&M when he emerged as one of the nation’s top receivers."
Aug 29 - 7:20 PM

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


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