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  11/27/20 - Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Behind only UCF's Dillon Gabriel (3,017), SMU's Shane Buechele (2,781) and BYU's Zach Wilson (2,724), Howell has the fourth-most passing yards in the country (2,631). He also ties for No. 4 in passing touchdowns (23). Irish head coach Brian Kelly said this week that Howell has the best deep ball in the country. Howell continuing to stretch the field vertically will be a key to exploiting Notre Dame's formidable defense. If Howell kept the Irish defense honest through the air, dynamic running backs Javonte Williams (120 carries for 868 yards and 15 touchdowns) and Michael Carter (116 attempts for 807 yards and four scores) will have better opportunities. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#1 QB) So/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  The last time UNC played Notre Dame, linebacker Chazz Surratt started at quarterback for the Tar Heels. Surratt started seven games at quarterback in that 2017 season. He eventually agreed to a position switch in the spring of 2019 and became a revelation. In his first season at linebacker last year, Surratt garnered first-team All-ACC honors and finished runner-up for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Through eight games this season, Surratt leads the Tar Heels with 68 tackles and five sacks to go with 6.5 tackles for a loss, five quarterback hurries, one interception, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Look for Surratt to be disruptive against Notre Dame's potent ground game. - South Bend Tribune

(DS#3 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Chazz SurrattNorth Carolina
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  11/16/20 - Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  NOV 16 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, So., QB, Indian Trail, N.C.,...Named ACC Quarterback of the Week for the second time in three weeks after completing 32-of-45 passes and setting school single-game records for passing yards (550) and touchdown passes (6) as UNC rallied to a 59-53 victory over Wake Forest...Also rushed 20 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:11 remaining in the game as the Tar Heels overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit...Howell's 550 yards passing marks the third-highest single-game total in ACC history, and his six touchdown passes ties the single-game ACC record. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#1 QB) So/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  11/16/20 - Michael CarterSr/2021, North Carolina, 5-09, 199 (DS#5 RB) + More +

  NOV 16 ACC CO-RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Michael Carter, North Carolina, Sr., RB, Navarre, Fla.,...Totaled 150 all-purpose yards with 74 rushing, 55 receiving and 21 kick-return yards in the 59-53 victory over Wake Forest...Also scored a 46-yard receiving touchdown in earning his second ACC Running Back of the Week accolade of the 2020 season. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#5 RB) Sr/2021 RB Michael CarterNorth Carolina
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  11/16/20 - Dazz NewsomeSr/2021, North Carolina, 5-11, 190 (DS#11 WR) + More +

  NOV 16 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Dazz Newsome, North Carolina, Sr., WR, Hampton, Va.,...Finished with 10 receptions for a career-high 189 receiving yards and equaled a career best with two receiving touchdowns in Saturday's 59-53 victory over Wake Forest...Touchdown scoring receptions covered 75 and 44 yards. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#11 WR) Sr/2021 WR Dazz NewsomeNorth Carolina
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  11/15/20 - Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  NOV 15 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: SAM HOWELL, NORTH CAROLINA, Sophomore, Quarterback, Indian Trail, NC/Sun Valley,...Sam Howell completed 32-of-45 passes and set school records in passing yards (550) and touchdown passes (6) as North Carolina rallied to a 59-53 victory over Wake Forest. Howell also rushed for a touchdown, one that sealed the come-from-behind victory for the Tar Heels (6-2). Notes: Sam Howell is the fourth UNC player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since former Tar Heel QB Mitch Trubisky (Sept. 25, 2016). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#1 QB) So/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  11/14/20 - Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Sam Howell threw for program records of 550 yards and six touchdowns, and scored the go-ahead rushing TD with 4:11 left to help North Carolina rally past Wake Forest 59-53 on Saturday. Howell's 20-yard keeper capped a comeback from 21 down midway through the third quarter for the Tar Heels (6-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), tying the program record for biggest comeback in a win. That was part of a run of 35 unanswered points after falling behind 45-24, with Howell and the Tar Heels' offense rolling nearly all day at a record-setting pace.

UNC finished with a program-record 742 yards, highlighted by huge performances from receivers Dazz Newsome (10 catches for 189 yards) and Dyami Brown (eight catches for 163 yards) as each hauled in two of Howell's scoring throws. Javonte Williams added a 15-yard touchdown run with 2:39 left that helped keep UNC in control late. Sam Hartman threw for a career-best 429 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Demon Deacons (4-3, 3-3), who had their own huge offensive output with 606 yards. - AP College Football


(DS#1 QB) So/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  11/09/20 - Javonte WilliamsJr/2022, North Carolina, 5-10, 220 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  North Carolina's Javonte Williams scored four touchdowns in a 56-24 win at Duke and leads the nation with 17 (14 rushing, three receiving). All of Williams' TDs against Duke came in the first half, making him the first Carolina player since Kelvin Bryant in 1981 to score four times in the first two quarters. - AP College Football

(DS#2 RB) Jr/2022 RB Javonte WilliamsNorth Carolina
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  11/09/20 - Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Saturday's Duke-UNC game was over early, but ESPN sparked a little debate when it posted a graphic early in the second half with UNC leading 49-17. The Tar Heels won 56-24. The graphic compared UNC quarterback Sam Howell and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence through their first 19 college football starts. The announcers said Howell compared favorably to Lawrence, the presumptive No. 1 NFL Draft pick next year, though going onto compare Howell more to New Orleans' Drew Brees, who is closer to Howell's height. Howell ultimately finished the game, completing 18-of-27 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He rank seven times for 35 yards and another score. - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#1 QB) So/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  11/07/20 - Javonte WilliamsJr/2022, North Carolina, 5-10, 220 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Javonte Williams scored four first-half touchdowns and North Carolina rolled past Duke 56-24 on Saturday afternoon. Sam Howell threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another score for the Tar Heels (5-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who were playing without a national ranking for the first time this season. Just like last month, they responded from a three-point loss to whip a neighboring rival, with North Carolina State the previous victim. Williams gained 151 rushing yards on 12 carries as part of North Carolina's output of 573 yards of total offense. Backfield mate Michael Carter scored two touchdowns, posting 85 yards on the ground on 17 attempts. Howell finished 18-for-27 for 235 yards and an interception. Duke quarterback Chase Brice was 11-for-23 for 155 yards. Teammate Mataeo Durant gained 132 yards on 11 carries, highlighted by a 46-yard touchdown run. The Blue Devils (2-6, 1-6) are guaranteed a losing regular-season record for the third time in five seasons. - AP College Football

(DS#2 RB) Jr/2022 RB Javonte WilliamsNorth Carolina
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  11/02/20 - Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  NOV 2 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, So., QB, Indian Trail, N.C.,...Completed 23-of-28 passes for a career-high 443 passing yards and four touchdowns in the Tar Heels' 44-41 loss at Virginia on Saturday night...The 443 yards are the third-most in a single game in program history...His .821 completion percentage stands as the best in his 19-game collegiate career. - ACC Football

(DS#1 QB) So/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  11/02/20 - Dyami BrownJr/2022, North Carolina, 6-1, 185 (DS#7 WR) + More +

  NOV 2 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Dyami Brown, North Carolina, Jr., WR, Charlotte, N.C.,...Hauled in a career-high 11 catches for 240 receiving yards and equaled his career best with three receiving touchdowns in UNC's road game at Virginia...The 240 receiving yards stand as the second most in a single game in program history and are the most by an ACC player since 2018. - ACC Football

(DS#7 WR) Jr/2022 WR Dyami BrownNorth Carolina
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  OCT 26 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Chazz Surratt, North Carolina, Gr., LB, Denver, N.C.,...Recorded a team-leading eight tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and his second career interception in the No. 14 Tar Heels' 48-21 win over No. 23 NC State...Named ACC Linebacker of the Week for the second time this season (also Sept. 14) and the third time in his career. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#3 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Chazz SurrattNorth Carolina
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  10/24/20 - Javonte WilliamsJr/2022, North Carolina, 5-10, 220 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Javonte Williams ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 14 North Carolina beat No. 23 North Carolina State 48-21 in Saturday's renewal of the longtime state rivalry. Michael Carter ran for 106 yards and a score of his own for the Tar Heels (4-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used a run-through-and-over-tacklers ground game that helped them take control in the third quarter. "I said it earlier in the year and they reinforce it every week: I think they're probably the best combination of two backs in the country," UNC coach Mack Brown said, adding: "When we get them going, the rest of it works." UNC ran for 326 yards and finished with 578 overall, bouncing back from an upset loss at Florida State to beat the Wolfpack (4-2, 4-2) by a lopsided margin for the second straight season. Williams had three touchdowns in last year's 41-10 win, then had a pair of short TD runs as UNC ran off 21 straight points after leading just 17-7 at halftime. He punctuated another big rivalry performance by blowing through a huge hole up front, then cutting past multiple defenders to the pylon for a 27-yard score that made it 45-14 with 14:11 left. Sam Howell threw for 252 yards and a TD for the Tar Heels, while Dyami Brown had 105 yards on a career-best seven catches. - North Carolina/AP College Football

(DS#2 RB) Jr/2022 RB Javonte WilliamsNorth Carolina
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  10/23/20 - Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  What's about to take place in Chapel Hill next Saturday is so rare none of the players involved were born the last time it happened. Back in 1993, both UNC and N.C. State were ranked in the top 25 when they met on the football field. The Tar Heels were 18 in the land, the Wolfpack No. 19. Like 2020, Mack Brown roamed the sidelines for UNC, but that's the one common factor ahead of the latest installment in this heated rivalry. For the first time in 27 years, the Tar Heels and Wolfpack will meet head-to-head with both teams ranked in the AP top 25. After a 31-20 win over Duke on Saturday, N.C. State (4-1, 4-1) cracks the top 25 for the first time this season, coming in at No. 23. It's the first time the Wolfpack has been ranked since Nov. 8 of the 2018 campaign. The Tar Heels (3-1, 3-1) peaked out at No. 5 last week, but dropped to No. 14 after losing at Florida State Saturday night, 31-28. UNC fell behind 24-0 to the Seminoles, but battled back and had a chance to tie or take the lead on the final drive. The Tar Heels drove into FSU territory, but failed to convert on a 4th and 9 with 35 seconds remaining. - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#1 QB) So/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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