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Daily Tar Heels' Chapel Fowler writes that North Carolina senior WR Austin Proehl is Ryan Switzer's "heir at slot receiver and may play on the outside, too."

The Tar Heels lost about 70% of their receiving production after the close of the 2016 season, with Switzer, Mack Hollins and Bug Howard all finding their way onto NFL rosters in the spring. Proehl has the bloodlines for football -- his father, Ricky Proehl, played in the NFL for 17 seasons -- and is fresh off his most productive season since joining the Tar Heels, having logged a 43-597-3 receiving line in 2016. Alas for Proehl, his upside might end up being capped by what Brandon Harris -- assuming Harris wins the job -- can give at quarterback.
Jul 10 - 5:02 PM

UNC sophomore RB Jordan Brown is only returning running back on the roster who carried the ball for the Tar Heels last year.

As a true freshman last year playing behind Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan, Brown played in five games and had 20 rushing attempts for 45 yards. Now that Hood and Logan are gone, Brown is expected to take over as the feature back for the rebuilding Tar Heels, but he'll have to fend off Auburn grad transfer RB Stanton Truitt. Brown was a four-star recruit who was listed as the No. 7 all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.
Jul 8 - 3:11 PM

North Carolina reinstated senior LB Allen Artis.

Artis had his sexual assault charges dismissed by the district attorney’s office last week. He'd previously been on an indefinite suspension from the program. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Artis has 20 tackles over 27 career appearances.
Jul 7 - 2:30 PM

UNC redshirt junior OLB Cole Holcomb power cleans 395, hang cleans 395 and squats 585.

Holcomb had no FBS scholarship offers out of high school but has built himself into a player in the weight room. He started all 13 games at outside linebacker last year, finishing fifth in the ACC in tackles per game (8.8 avg.) while leading the team with 115 tackles. Holcomb also had five TFL, five pass breakups and one sack. He's the top UNC player in their "Pound for Pound Power Index" (Total Weight/Body Weight).
Source: SI
Jul 7 - 1:41 PM

North Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Jordyn Adams.

Clemson was also in the final mix here, but HC Larry Fedora won out over Dabo Swinney in the end. Adams (6'2/175) models his game after those of former Ohio State QB/WR Braxton Miller and current Giants star O'Dell Beckham Jr. He spoke specifically to how he sees a bit of Miller in himself, citing "[h]is hands and his explosiveness with the football in his hands. Adams ranks as Rivals' No. 128 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 6 - 8:40 PM

North Carolina senior LB Allen Artis' charges of misdemeanor sexual battery and assault on a female were thrown out.

Upon that news dropping, UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham announced that Artis was cleared to rejoin the football program. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Artis has 20 tackles over 27 career appearances.
Source: Scout
Jun 30 - 2:58 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked North Carolina junior ILB Andre Smith as the No. 4 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

Smith (6'0/235) started 12 of 13 games for the Tar Heels last season and turned in a phenomenally productive statistical season in that space. The then-junior logged a healthy 113 tackles (6.0 for loss), a sack, three passes defended and a forced fumble for the campaign as a whole. His 8.7 tackles per game average ranked as seventh-most in the ACC.
Jun 29 - 7:18 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 QB Tyler Shough announced that he has committed to North Carolina.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Shough is Scout's No. 16 quarterback and No. 183 player overall in the 2018 recruiting class. Stock rapidly rising, Shough was recently picked to compete in the Elite 11 finals later this month. The Tar Heels are thrilled. The departure of Mitch Trubisky led to the signing of LSU grad transfer Brandon Harris. HC Larry Fedora will need to find a new starting quarterback once again in 2018, and that's where Shough might come in.
Jun 19 - 3:05 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 QB Tyler Shough received an invitation to The Opening.

Shough impressed at the Elite 11 finals over the weekend to earn one of the 12 slots at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon, later this month. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder is deciding between South Carolina, North Carolina, Michigan, Cal and Indiana and indicated that he could make a commitment as early as June 10 (this coming Saturday). Rivals ranks Shough as the No. 192 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. Scout.com's Greg Biggins thinks one of his sharpest attributes comes in the "functional intelligence" department, as he is sharp as a dime when it comes to reading defenses on the fly.
Jun 6 - 6:45 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Josh Helmholdt and Woody Wommack believe that North Carolina is leading Clemson for the pledge of uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Jordyn Adams.

Helmholdt and Wommack tag Adams as one a standout performer from the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Charlotte earlier this spring, noting that the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder is "a fantastic route runner and had no problem creating separation regardless of the play that was called." They add that Adams "left defensive backs almost standing still as he blew passed them" thanks to an underrated speed component in his game.
Source: Rivals
Jun 4 - 3:19 PM

ESPN's David M. Hale believes that North Carolina redshirt junior DE Malik Carney " could develop into a steadying force" in 2017.

"On a line that finally has some respectable talent, Carney stands out as the best mix of experience and upside," Hale writes. After recording 12 tackles in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2015, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder saw a far more significant role this past season, when he registered 47 tackles (8.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks and two fumbles forced while making 10 starts.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 2:48 PM

UNC freshman RB Michael Carter is likely in line for early playing time.

Jordon Brown is the only returning Tar Heels RB who logged a carry in 2016 after UNC lost Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan to the NFL. After enrolling early, Carter has a big head start on Antwuan Branch, who'll enroll this summer.
May 29 - 2:28 PM

North Carolina awarded HC Larry Fedora a contract extension through the 2022 season.

"Under his leadership, our student-athletes are succeeding in the classroom, contributing positively to our community – and competing for championships," said AD Bubba Cunningham in a statement. Fedora's new deal will pay him $2.29 million for the coming season. He is set to make $3 million in each of the final three years of his extension. Fedora has guided the Tar Heels to a 40-25 overall record during his five years at the helm of the ship.
May 25 - 6:47 PM

North Carolina confirmed that senior QB Brandon Harris has signed a scholarship agreement and will join the football team this summer.

In late March, Harris announced his intention to transfer from LSU to UNC as a graduate. Now, his new school has made it official. LSU's starting quarterback in 2015, Harris was benched for Danny Etling after Week 2 of last season. He now joins the fray of signal-callers -- along with Logan Byrd, Nathan Elliott and Chaz Surratt -- hoping to replace one-year starter Mitch Trubisky. Harris is the heavy favorite to start Week 1 for the Tar Heels this fall.
May 12 - 12:45 PM

George Whitfield, the private quarterback coach for North Carolina senior QB Brandon Harris, indicated that he could have an ascension similar to that of now-former Tar Heel QB Mitchell Trubisky.

"Trubisky had 12 games and he’s sitting at the same table as Deshaun Watson," Whitfield said at the beginning of April. Harris transferred over to North Carolina from LSU at the end of March after slogging through a woefully inconsistent career, one which saw him benched due to ineffectiveness in September of the past season. Despite showing plenty of flashes during his time with the Tigers, Harris was never able to put it all together for any real stretch of time, certainly not one that would hint toward an NFL quarterbacking future. At least some of this can be blamed on LSU's blink-and-it's-still-not-moving offense. Whitfield sees a better on-field fit for Harris at UNC.
May 6 - 1:51 PM


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