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Bills selected North Carolina WR Austin Proehl with the No. 255 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Proehl (5'10/173) finally got an opportunity to start last season following the departures of Mack Hollins and Ryan Switzer but only played six games due to an arm injury. He didn't run the fastest forty time (only 4.56) but is a quick possession receiver with excellent hands. The biggest obstacle for Proehl to overcome will be his size and winning one-on-one battles against bigger, more physical defensive backs.
Apr 28 - 7:02 PM

Panthers selected North Carolina ILB Andre Smith with the No. 234 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Smith (6’0/237) turned pro despite tearing his left meniscus just two games into his 2017 junior season, all told logging 8.5 career tackles for loss and two sacks as the Tar Heels’ starting middle linebacker when healthy. Recovered in time for the Combine, Smith ran 4.63 and did 19 reps on the bench. A sure tackler and stocky banger against the run, Smith’s limitations come in pass coverage and prevent him from being a true three-down prospect. Smith’s early NFL ticket will be on special teams.
Apr 28 - 6:17 PM

Bucs selected North Carolina CB M.J. Stewart with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Stewart (5’11/200) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor in the Tar Heels’ secondary, registering 11.5 career tackles for loss, 47 pass breakups, and six interceptions. Stewart showed safety-like athleticism at the Combine with 4.54 speed and a 9-foot-10 broad jump, managing 36th-percentile SPARQ results. Unlikely to cut it as a true boundary corner, Stewart best projects to safety and/or slot defender.
Apr 27 - 8:38 PM

Ohio State junior RB Antonio Williams transferred to North Carolina.

Williams (5'11/212) enrolled with Ohio State as a four-star running back in the 2016 recruiting class. After playing sparingly as a true freshman, he came on to post 290 rushing yards (5.1 YPC) and three touchdowns while working backup duty behind J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber. Buckeyes RB coach Tony Alford said prior to the team's spring game that Williams had "really, really improved his game from top to bottom" and that he had been "very professional" about his role in the running backs rotation. He'll have to sit out the 2018 season with North Carolina, but will have two years eligibility remaining come the start of the 2019 campaign.
Apr 23 - 2:23 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares North Carolina ILB Andre Smith to Oakland Raider LB Marquel Lee.

Smith was dominant at times in 2016 and had 21 tackles in his first two games, but a knee injury suffered in week two against Louisville eliminated the rest of his season. Zierlein notes that he is a "tough" player that loves to initiate contact and eliminate lead blockers, but he isn't a great athlete, and he won't help in pass coverage. Still, Smith can be an effective two-down linebacker, and could go on Day 3 if a team is convinced he'll be healthy enough to play.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 12:58 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares UNC CB M.J. Stewart to Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde.

With Zierlein comparing Stewart (5'11/200) to Hyde, does that mean that he projects him to play safety at the next level? Maybe, but unlike some position switches, he views it as a positive. "Stewart has been a starting cornerback for UNC the past two seasons, but his physicality and tackling ability may gain him time at nickel or safety at the next level." Zierlein projects the one good thing to see at North Carolina last year to go on Day 2, and if someone views him as a versatile hybrid, he'll be off the board in the first 64 picks.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 6:50 PM

North Carolina and Liberty have agreed to a three-game series.

The Tar Heels will play host to kick things off on Oct. 19, 2024, with Liberty returning the favor on Sept. 26, 2028. Then back to Chapel Hill once more to wrap up the trio of games, with the final scheduled contest set to take place on Sept. 6, 2031. Liberty -- currently in the FCS -- will be part of the FBS by the time that first game is played. The Flames will be embarking on their inaugural season of FBS play this autumn, when they'll play as an independent.
Source: Diehards
Mar 28 - 6:27 PM

Scout.com's Greg Barnes reports that North Carolina RB coach Luke Paschall is being shifted to wide receivers coach.

Paschall was hired away from Arkansas State in February to serve as running backs coach for the Tar Heels. He had been working as receivers coach for the Red Wolves at the time, but due to necessity, UNC HC Larry Fedora planned on using him in the running backs room. No longer so, as the program has hired former Tennessee RB coach Robert Gillespie to serve in that capacity, allowing Paschall to move back to his previous coaching position.
Mar 13 - 7:22 PM

Scout.com's Greg Barnes reports that North Carolina has hired former Tennessee RB coach Robert Gillespie to serve in the same capacity.

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt initially opted to keep Gillespie on staff when he took over earlier this winter, but the running backs coach was cut loose in February. He had been with the program for the past five years. Gillespie had previously worked as running backs coach at South Carolina, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Expect Luke Paschall to shift from RB coach to WR coach now that Gillespie is in the fold.
Source: Scout.com
Mar 13 - 2:08 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring UNC WR coach Gunter Brewer to be their new wide receiver coach.

Brewer has spent over 30 years coaching, but this will be his first job at the NFL level. He replaces Mike Groh, who was promoted to offensive coordinator after Frank Reich took the head coaching job with the Colts. He coached with the Tar Heels from 2012-2017, and also coached on the UNC staff from 2000-2004.
Mar 5 - 8:15 PM

North Carolina hired Arkansas State WR coach and special teams coordinator Luke Paschall to its coaching staff.

No word yet on what his official title will be, but Paschall's responsibilities will reportedly include working with the special teams. Paschall was a grad assistant at UNC during the first two years of HC Larry Fedora’s tenure (2012 and 2013). He's been with the Red Wolves since.
Feb 21 - 8:23 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Tennessee RB coach Robert Gillespie will not remain with the staff.

It was reported in early December that Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt was hopeful to keep Gillespie -- who has been on staff since 2013 -- in the fold. While he did remain with the team through National Signing Day, he's moving on, now. Expect the Volunteers to land on a new running backs coach in relatively short order, as they'll be booting up spring practice in due time.
Feb 13 - 2:17 PM

Chris Hummer of Scout.com lists North Carolina four-star 2018 WR signing Jordyn Adams as one of the freshman who could make an immediate impact next season.

Adams has been committed to North Carolina since July, and didn't waiver even as North Carolina suffered through one of the worst seasons in years. One of the few reasons this couldn't come to fruition is if Adams goes and plays a different sport, as he's considered a potential top 100 pick in the MLB Draft. "The son of North Carolina’s defensive line coach, Adams is well aware what it takes to succeed on the college level, Hummer writes. "The five-star prospect, per 247Sports, is also a heck of an athlete with great size (6-foot-2), speed and polish. Once Adams begins to add a bit of weight to his 175-pound frame, watch out."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 11 - 3:23 PM

North Carolina signed uncommitted four-star 2018 G William Barnes.

Barnes was considered one of the top guards in the class, ranking fifth at the position in 247 Sports composite rankings. He picks the Tar Heels over Florida, but also had offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson -- just to name a few. ESPN's scouting report suggest that he gets off the line quickly, and that he can play in space and is already good in pass pro. Barnes could be an immediate starter for UNC in what they hope will be a rebound year.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 7 - 1:32 PM

SB Nation's Bud Elliott and Morgan Moriarty predict that uncommitted four-star G William Barnes will sign with North Carolina.

What a coup this would be for a team that had a borderline disastrous 2017 season. Larry Fedora has shown he can close, however, so this shouldn't come as a huge surprise. "I think Barnes is going to go to UNC, which is also apparently willing to take a commit from his teammate and fellow OL, Ed Montelus," Elliot and Moriarty say. Barnes will announce his decision on signing day.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 5 - 3:55 PM


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