From Prep to Pro!, EST 2001
Bookmark and Share









 Draft Scout College Football Player News: North Carolina
Previous 15 Notes Next 15 Notes


  North Carolina graduate defensive back Myles Wolfolk has been ruled academically ineligible for the 12th-ranked Tar Heels. Team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe said Thursday that Wolfolk "fell behind" in his graduate work during the past semester. He had graduated in December with degrees in sociology and communications. "As a result, he is unable to participate moving forward," Sharpe said in a text message to The Associated Press. Wolfolk is part of a deep secondary after starting 11 games the past three seasons, including the first four games at strong safety before battling injury for the rest of the season. The Tar Heels (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) were scheduled to play Charlotte on Saturday, but the 49ers canceled the game earlier Thursday after contact tracing and quarantines due to the coronavirus pandemic depleted the offensive line position. - AP College Football

(DS#30 FS) rSr/2021 FS Myles WolfolkNorth Carolina
News Source: AP College Football
Share/Comment: Here


  Richards' debut headlined an overall performance Phil Longo was "really happy with," the offensive coordinator said Monday. After allowing a sack on the UNC's second play from scrimmage, the offensive line allowed just one more all game and "really answered" the call in an improved second half, he said. And on the left side, that started with Richards. The three-star recruit from Pennsylvania appeared in nine games last fall as a true freshman, but he never started or played major snaps. That was logical, given that senior Charlie Heck was firmly entrenched at left tackle for the Tar Heels in 2019. But with Heck's departure - a second-team All-ACC selection and fourth-round NFL Draft pick, he now plays for the NFL's Houston Texans - Richards became the heir apparent at one of football's most important positions.

And the only new starter on UNC's offensive line. "I had all the emotions," Richards said Tuesday of his first start. This summer, Richards said, was huge for him. Quite aware he'd have the chance to play a lot in 2020, he found it easy to dedicate himself in workouts, even if they were conducted over Zoom. He also stayed in Chapel Hill rather than returning home to Philadelphia, which helped him zero in further. The 6-foot-4 Richards (first name pronounced AH-sum) moonlit at tight end and defensive lineman while playing basketball in high school - and at 305 pounds, he's one of the team's lightest offensive linemen. "Asim is somebody we really have to depend on," Longo said. "He's very, very athletic. He's the kind of tackle you want to recruit and have in the program. You wish they all looked like he did." - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#999 OT) So/2023 OT Asim RichardsNorth Carolina
News Source: Raleigh News Observer
Share/Comment: Here


  SEPT 14 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Chazz Surratt, North Carolina, Gr., LB, Denver, N.C.,...Led the Tar Heels with nine tackles in Saturday's 31-6 season-opening win over visiting Syracuse...Preseason All-ACC selection set new career highs with two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#7 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Chazz SurrattNorth Carolina
News Source: Atlantic Coast Conference Football
Share/Comment: Here


  North Carolina coach Mack Brown listed the pass rush as one of his big concerns entering this season. He wanted the defensive front to get pressure without needing to blitz. Frankly, after they totaled 31 sacks last year as a defense, Brown needed the blitzes to work, too. In the No. 18 Tar Heels' 31-6 victory over Syracuse on Saturday, Brown got both. The pass rush spearheaded arguably the most complete defensive effort of Brown's reboot in Chapel Hill. Yes, it's only a snapshot against a Syracuse team that has its own questions to answer offensively. But Carolina's defense showed it won't need the offense to carry the team this season. The Tar Heels can win on defense. "We kind of took a chip on our shoulder going in knowing the kind of guys we got playing on the defensive side of the ball," linebacker Chazz Surratt said in a postgame video conference. "I'm just really glad we played the way how we're supposed to play, and I think we can be really good on defense. We got a lot of really good guys up front in the back, and I think the sky's the limit of our defense."

UNC recorded seven sacks, its most in a single-game since doing the same against Pittsburgh in 2013. The six points allowed were the fewest against an ACC opponent since holding Duke to the same on Nov. 7, 2009. Five different players got in on the sacks including Surratt and Fox, who had two apiece. Surratt gave part of the credit to the Heels' secondary, whose coverage often made Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito hold the ball longer. DeVito finished with just 112 passing yards and his 22-yard completion to receiver Taj Harris was the only play Carolina allowed of more than 20 yards. "Our secondary is really, really good," Surratt said. "They kind of bide time for us to get back there and make plays on the quarterback." - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#7 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Chazz SurrattNorth Carolina
News Source: Raleigh News Observer
Share/Comment: Here


  SEPT 12 WEEK 2 STARS: Javonte Williams, North Carolina, ran for three fourth-quarter TDs and the No. 18 Tar Heels overcame a mistake-filled performance to beat Syracuse 31-6. - AP College Football

(DS#11 RB) Jr/2022 RB Javonte WilliamsNorth Carolina
News Source: AP College Football
Share/Comment: Here


  Javonte Williams ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and No. 18 North Carolina overcame a mistake-filled performance to beat Syracuse 31-6 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Michael Carter added 138 yards of total offense for the Tar Heels (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won in an empty home stadium after the school opted to open with no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tar Heels opened with a touchdown drive only to sputter well into the third quarter in a performance plagued by turnovers and penalties. But they gradually settled into a rhythm, looking much more like the team expected to be a contender in the ACC race. By the fourth quarter, they were rolling, with Williams scoring from 1 yard out on the first play of the period followed by a 6-yard score on the next drive. And by the time he bounced off a tackler and scored on another 6-yard run, the Tar Heels had turned a 10-6 lead into a 25-point margin. - North Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#11 RB) Jr/2022 RB Javonte WilliamsNorth Carolina
News Source: North Carolina/AP College Football
Share/Comment: Here

  09/10/20 - Josh DownsFr/2024, North Carolina, 5-09, 175 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Mack Brown quipped after the Heels first scrimmage that freshman Josh Downs was, "going to play a lot." Longo said the learning curve for Downs right now was more physical than mental. The 5-foot-10, Suwanee, Ga., native is adjusting to the tempo, like running consecutive deep routes without coming out of the game. "He's come in a little more polished than a typical freshman," Longo said. "He's a little bit sharper with routes. From an athletic standpoint, he's a great change of direction slot receiver. He's got great vertical speed. He catches the ball really well." - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2024 WR Josh DownsNorth Carolina
News Source: Raleigh News Observer
Share/Comment: Here

  09/06/20 - Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  This time last season, Howell was the reason why no one really knew what to expect from the Heels. Now, heading into the season opener against Syracuse, Howell is the reason why so many around the nation expect so much from UNC. If Howell can avoid the dreaded sophomore slump, he should again compete with Lawrence to lead the ACC in passing yards. Howell fell just 25 yards short of doing so last season. Carolina hasn't had a quarterback lead the league in passing yards since Chris Keldorf did it with just 2,347 yards in 1996. - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#1 QB) So/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
News Source: Raleigh News Observer
Share/Comment: Here

  09/05/20 - Storm DuckSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-0, 195 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  The three cornerbacks who have been talked about the most are Clemson transfer Kyler McMichael, sophomore Storm Duck and senior Patrice Rene, who is working his way back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Duck has continually drawn high praise in August including Bateman declaring, "I think he's going to be an NFL football player." Along with Wolfolk at safety, Don Chapman is the leading contender to start against the Orange. The sophomore appeared in all 13 games last season, starting four thanks to the plethora of injuries the team had. - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#999 CB) So/2023 CB Storm DuckNorth Carolina
News Source: Raleigh News Observer
Share/Comment: Here


  North Carolina's co-defensive coordinator Jay Bateman likes to joke that safety Myles Wolfolk is like a 32-year-old in the final year of his NFL contract and vying to play one more year. Of course, Wolfolk hasn't been around that long. It just feels like it, especially since he'll play this season as a graduate student. He played 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2017. He's only played a combined nine game since then. But his return from an injury-riddled 2019 season is a welcomed sight for the Heels' secondary. "We're a better secondary when Myles Wolfolk is in there, because he's older and experienced," head coach Mack Brown told reporters on a Zoom call. "He is one of the real leaders on this team and he can tell everybody where to go and what to do."

Wolfolk isn't just out there bossing players around. He takes the blame for the team, occasionally when he's not necessarily the one at fault. That's leadership. "I can yell at Wolf instead of yelling at the entire group," Bateman told reporters on a Zoom call. "He appreciates that role. He's kind of the unquestioned veteran leader, he brings everything to that group." Wolfolk is well-respected by his peers for his toughness in battling back from injuries every year. He started the first four games last season before having his season end against Virginia. Despite that, he still led the Tar Heels with three interceptions. - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#30 FS) rSr/2021 FS Myles WolfolkNorth Carolina
News Source: Raleigh News Observer
Share/Comment: Here

  09/05/20 - Tomari FoxSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-2, 280 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Calling North Carolina's Tomari Fox a positionless player is a bit of a misnomer. He actually can play every position on the defensive line for the Tar Heels and opponents trying to scout him just may see that during the course of the same game. Fox, a 6-foot-1, 280-pound sophomore, is both physical enough to battle in the interior of the line and quick enough to be on the outside and rush the passer at defensive end. If the package calls for it, he can even drop back off the line in pass coverage, although the Heels won't have him backpedaling on too many occasions. "I'm not sure the best player on defense isn't Tomari Fox," UNC defensive coordinator Jay Bateman told reporters on Wednesday's Zoom call. "We'll move him around. We don't want people to really know where he is."

Fox is expecting to take a big leap in his second year after appearing in 12 games as a freshman. Bateman said Fox will primarily line up at defensive tackle and his usage could be compared to that of Jason Strowbridge last season. Strowbridge, who was the Miami Dolphins' fifth-round pick in April, moved around on the line so opponents wouldn't automatically know which way to steer their blocking. "Part of the deal with Jason last year was they couldn't always know where he was," Bateman said. "It was like, 'if he's lined up in the boundary, let's block that way,'" Bateman said. "Tomari is gonna be in a very similar role when we are in some of those packages for sure." - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#999 DT) So/2023 DT Tomari FoxNorth Carolina
News Source: Raleigh News Observer
Share/Comment: Here


  If North Carolina sophomore linebacker Eugene Asante ends up playing like Chazz Surratt did last season, it won't be a coincidence. Asante said as soon as the team got its new software for viewing game clips, he studied every single play from Surratt's performances against Georgia Tech, Duke and Temple. "I watched everything he was doing, his movements, the way he takes on blockers, the way he sheds blockers, the way he blitzes and covers," Asante said during a Zoom call with reporters. "I analyzed it and I took little notes." Asante primarily appeared on special teams last season. He'll likely see a lot of snaps this season, albeit in a backup role to Surratt, and he feels much better prepared to take on a larger role. He felt it was imperative he get mental reps in before the team began practicing again in the summer.

Asante said he spent a lot time studying the game, often quizzing coaches and also his teammates. "That was one thing I struggled with the cerebral part of football," Asante said. "I felt like I had the athletic ability but the cerebral part wasn't always there. The speed of the game changed." He feels very much up to speed now. The confidence the coaches have in playing him could allow a new wrinkle for Surratt. UNC coach Mack Brown mentioned the way Asante has looked in practice, Surratt could move to the outside when needed in specific situations to help conjure up a better pass rush. "Eugene had a big scrimmage this last one," junior Tomon Fox said on the call. "He made every play that came to him - even plays that were away from him." - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#999 OLB) So/2023 OLB Eugene AsanteNorth Carolina
News Source: Raleigh News Observer
Share/Comment: Here


  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Chazz Surratt, North Carolina,...Surratt was the runner-up for ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors last season after recording 115 tackles in his first season at linebacker. The converted quarterback finds himself on the watch lists for the Bednarik, Butkus and Nagurski awards. - North Carolina Football

(DS#7 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Chazz SurrattNorth Carolina
News Source: North Carolina Football
Share/Comment: Here

  08/24/20 - Dazz NewsomeSr/2021, North Carolina, 5-11, 190 (DS#10 WR) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Dazz Newsome, North Carolina,...Newsome was a second team All-ACC selection after hauling in 10 receiving touchdowns and 1,018 receiving yards, both career highs, in 2019. He is listed on the 2020 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, given annually to the season's outstanding FBS receiver. - North Carolina Football

(DS#10 WR) Sr/2021 WR Dazz NewsomeNorth Carolina
News Source: North Carolina Football
Share/Comment: Here

  08/24/20 - Michael CarterSr/2021, North Carolina, 5-09, 199 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Michael Carter, North Carolina,...After posting career high figures in rushing (1,003) and all-purpose (1,623) yards last season, Carter has been tabbed for the Doak Walker (top running back) and Paul Hornung Award (top versatile player) Watch Lists this fall. - North Carolina Football

(DS#12 RB) Sr/2021 RB Michael CarterNorth Carolina
News Source: North Carolina Football
Share/Comment: Here

Previous 15 Notes Next 15 Notes


 BACK TO TOP

 Buy Draft Scout


** Draft Scout Data **

(Everything Online PLUS)

 Support Draft Scout

The Database Engine for NFLDraftScout.com, Draft Scout is being repurposed...Support the Future Development of ScoutNation.com...

 




 Draft Scout Archives


** 2010-2019 Draft Scout Archives **

(Yearly Player Data Exports, Prospect Lists & More)

 Draft Scout Future

100% Dedicated and Never Done
80% Innovated
45% Hidden
35% Built

Synergization