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  09/20/21 - Sam HowellJr/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 220 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  SEPT 20 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, Jr., QB, Indian Trail, N.C.,...Accumulated 419 total yards of offense with 307 passing yards and a career-high 112 rushing yards in Saturday night's 59-39 win over Virginia ... Moved past Russell Wilson and into sixth place in ACC history with 77 career touchdown passes ... Completed 14 of 21 pass attempts and threw for five touchdowns ... Became just the fourth FBS quarterback ever to record back-to-back games with 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards and joined 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville as the only other Power 5 quarterback to do so. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#2 QB) Jr/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  SEPT 20 ACC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Marcus McKethan, North Carolina, Gr., RG, Barnwell, S.C.,...Graded out as the best offensive lineman during UNC's 59-39 win over Virginia ... The Tar Heels racked up 699 yards of total offense, the sixth-best single-game output in program history ... McKethan graded out at 87 percent with five knockdown blocks and two pins. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#15 OG) rSr/2022 OG Marcus McKethanNorth Carolina
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  09/20/21 - Josh DownsSo/2024, North Carolina, 5-10, 180 (DS#14 WR) + More +

  SEPT 20 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Josh Downs, North Carolina, So., WR, Suwanee, Ga.,...Led the Tar Heels with six catches for 203 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the 59-39 win over Virginia ... The 203 receiving yards stand as the eighth most in single-game program history ... Became the first Tar Heel since 2011 to catch a touchdown pass in each of the first three games of a season. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#14 WR) So/2024 WR Josh DownsNorth Carolina
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  09/20/21 - Ty ChandlerrSr/2022, North Carolina, 5-11, 210 (DS#19 RB) + More +

  SEPT 20 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Ty Chandler, North Carolina, Gr., RB, Nashville, Tenn.,...Rushed for a career-high 198 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in the 59-39 win over Virginia ... Ranks third among ACC rushers with 107.3 yards per game through three contests ... In addition to touchdown runs of 5 and 7 yards versus the Cavaliers, helped set the tone for the second half with a 60-yard run on the second play from scrimmage. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#19 RB) rSr/2022 RB Ty ChandlerNorth Carolina
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  09/19/21 - Sam HowellJr/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 220 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Sam Howell threw five touchdown passes and ran for a career-best 112 yards as No. 21 North Carolina took over after halftime to beat Virginia 59-39 on Saturday night. The Tar Heels (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored touchdowns on all five of their second-half drives, which helped turn a 28-24 halftime deficit into a 52-31 lead on Howell's short TD throw to Kamari Morales with 12:13 left. And after a first-half shootout with Brennan Armstrong and the Cavaliers (2-1, 0-1), UNC gave up only a field goal in the third quarter while also coming up with Ja'Qurious Conley's interception. That was more than enough help for the Tar Heels' offense, which kept ending drives with with end-zone celebrations to speed back out in front after squandering a 24-7 first-half lead. And there were no shortage of offensive stars.

Tennessee graduate transfer Ty Chandler ran for a career-high 198 yards with two touchdowns, the last coming from 7 yards out with 2:57 left to seal it. And Josh Downs had eight catches for 203 yards and a pair of TDs. Perhaps more impressively, the Tar Heels showed a different dimension by leaning on their ground game instead of putting everything on Howell's arm. The result? The Tar Heels ran 47 times for 392 yards compared to just 21 pass attempts for their star quarterback, and finished with 699 total yards. It was UNC's biggest scoring output against Virginia since 1936 in the long-running series and second-most ever. - North Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) Jr/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  09/12/21 - Sam HowellJr/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 220 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Sam Howell's reputation has largely been built on what he does throwing the football for No. 24 North Carolina. His footwork carrying the ball drew most of the attention Saturday night. Howell scored on two rushes to go with three touchdown throws as the Tar Heels beat Georgia State 59-17, shaking off the disappointment of an opening-game defeat. "I definitely think I have a lot of value in the running game," said Howell, a junior who's the school record-holder for touchdown passes. The most notable run was a career-long 62-yarder for a TD in the waning seconds of the third quarter. "I was real tired," Howell said. "When I was running, I was thinking, ‘Someone hasn't caught me from behind yet?' " Everyone seemed to notice. Coach Mack Brown said the staff needed to have oxygen ready for Howell on the sideline "because he had never run so far." Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott wasn't as amused. "Some of his runs there, he didn't do anything spectacular," Elliott said. "We're just not containing." Howell played a role in five of the Tar Heels' first seven touchdowns.

He completed 21 of 29 passes for 352 yards without an interception. He was picked off three times in a 17-10 setback at Virginia Tech in the team's opener a week earlier. "(It can be) a reality check," Howell said. "Go back to work and that's what we did. … We were able to come out there in the second half and play Carolina football." Howell was the game's leading rusher with 104 yards on 11 carries. His 22-yard scramble produced the game's first points. Georgia State (0-2) was held to 90 passing yards. Quarterback Cornelious Brown IV was12 for 26 for 68 yards. North Carolina's lead was 24-10 midway through the third quarter, before the Tar Heels (1-1) used a 28-point burst in about 9 1/2 minutes. - North Carolina/AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) Jr/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  08/30/21 - Caleb HoodFr/2025, North Carolina, 5-11, 230 (DS#58 RB) + More +

  North Carolina freshman running back Caleb Hood is not one of those high school quarterbacks who was asked and begrudgingly made a position switch once he started college. Quite the contrary: Hood hated playing quarterback, even though he was a four-year starter at Richmond Senior High School in Rockingham. He only did it because his dad asked him to - once - on his little league team. The change, oddly enough, launched another career as well. Jakolbe Baldwin was at quarterback and he moved to wide receiver, the position he now plays for N.C. State. Hood was at running back, and he moved to quarterback.

"We weren't very effective at receiver at that time, and then we put Jakolbe there and he fell into place," said Errol Hood, who coached his son's 12-year old team. "We put Caleb at quarterback, he fell into place and put another guy running back, he fell into place. We became the No. 1 one team in North Carolina and from that point, Caleb never went back to running back." It almost didn't happen with the Tar Heels either. Errol Hood was recruited by UNC coach Mack Brown in the mid 90s and sat out as a redshirt during Brown's final season before he took the job at Texas. Errol Hood also starred at quarterback in high school before becoming a defensive back for Heels from 1998-2001. Caleb Hood, who was being recruited as an athlete, initially figured he'd duplicate his father's path by becoming a defensive back when he reached Chapel Hill. But Errol Hood challenged his son's thought process. - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#58 RB) Fr/2025 RB Caleb HoodNorth Carolina
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  08/24/21 - Storm DuckrSo/2024, North Carolina, 6-0, 205 (DS#44 CB) + More +

  North Carolina sophomore Storm Duck hasn't played a meaningful snap since being injured in the second game of last season at Boston College. When he left the lineup, he was the Tar Heels' shut down corner. As he returns healthy and practicing again, UNC cornerbacks coach Dre Bly believes Duck could actually be better than he was the last time he played in a game. "He was a guy that we felt like could take away a side of the field," Bly said. "But that didn't come because of the skill set, that came because of where he was mentally and the knowledge that he had gained through being a starter his first year. He didn't lose that." Duck said he doesn't dwell on the injuries that have kept him out of the lineup citing his faith for not letting them get him down. He said there haven't been any lingering effects so he hasn't had a major transition period once he got cleared to return to practice. "As far as like the physical aspect, coming to work, I haven't lost a step or anything," Duck said. "I feel like I'm getting out of breaks really good and just being who I was in the beginning -- being a better player than that." - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#44 CB) rSo/2024 CB Storm DuckNorth Carolina
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  The waiting, North Carolina receiver Justin Olson admitted, was the hardest part. Two years into his collegiate career and he's collected exactly zero passes. Not even in the spring game. He's rarely even got the opportunity to line up at receiver. That'll all change this season. Olson's turn has arrived. He may be the best receiver no one outside of Chapel Hill has paid attention to - but to be fair, there was really no reason to do so. "I've challenged Justin to try to carve out a role for himself," UNC receivers coach Lonnie Galloway said. "As a group, your peers know who should be out there playing, and they (receivers) all have confidence in him and Sam (Howell) and the quarterbacks have confidence in him."

Olson has established himself as a potential starter for in the wake of Dyami Brown and Daz Newsome going to the NFL. Olson has practiced at both a slot receiver and on the outside. His speed will place him among Carolina's new deep threats with Antoine Green and Khafre Brown. "There was a lot of times where it was hard, you know," Olson said. "Not even traveling my freshman year, watching from my house. I mean, that hurt. I want to be with the team. But you look at the roster and you're like, 'OK, well, Dyami's a great player." - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#999 WR) rSo/2024 WR Justin OlsonNorth Carolina
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  08/22/21 - Tomon FoxrSr/2022, North Carolina, 6-2, 260 (DS#31 OLB) + More +

  North Carolina linebacker Tomon Fox has heard most of the stories of Lawrence Taylor's undergraduate days in Chapel Hill, including the one about him allegedly throwing a vending machines off a sixth floor balcony. Most of those tales are wild; some of them may even be true. None of them take away from how dominant he was on the field. And to be clear, when Fox says he wants to emulate Taylor, that's not the part he's talking about. Fox is currently tied with Taylor on the Tar Heels' career sack list with 21, fifth overall. Greg Ellis, who had 32.5 sacks from 1994-97 is the current leader. He's followed by Julius Peppers, who had 30.5 sacks; and Marcus Jones and Quinton Coples, who are tied for third with 24. "It's a great honor just to be mentioned with him," Fox said. "He changed the game of football, the defensive side of football, singlehandedly. I want to be able to have that same kind of impact that he had."

That's the part UNC coach Mack Brown is trying to get Fox to truly understand: the impact. Brown has been stressing the need for Carolina to get quarterback sacks and pressure from its front four without always having to bring extra bodies or blitzing. Fox could be a game changer in that respect. But most of the Tar Heels don't go tracking down footage of players - even Hall of Famers like Taylor - whose careers ended before they were born. "We've tried to help him (understand), I'm not sure he does even though Lawrence is a first-round pick and his picture, it's huge in our locker room," Brown said. "When he breaks that record, I hope it's soon, we'll have Lawrence call him and talk to him. We're actually going to show him some L.T. video from Carolina and from the NFL between now and the Virginia Tech game." - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#31 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Tomon FoxNorth Carolina
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  08/17/21 - Ty ChandlerrSr/2022, North Carolina, 5-11, 210 (DS#19 RB) + More +

  If North Carolina receiver Emery Simmons' observation of running back Ty Chandler is correct, the Tar Heels' will be in for a special season offensively. Chandler is the graduate transfer from Tennessee that UNC coach Mack Brown brought in specifically to make up for the lack of veteran talent in the backfield. Michael Carter and Javonte Williams posted 1,000-yard rushing seasons a year ago on their way to the NFL. Simmons labeled Chandler, "very quiet" and "soft-spoken." But it's the comparison that raised eyebrows. "He kind of reminds me of Javonte," Simmons said. "He's just quiet. He keeps his head down. He works. And that's it."

Williams transformed himself from strictly a short-yardage back into a prolific runner who gained 1,140 yards last season and led the Heels with 22 touchdowns, 19 of which came on the ground. If Chandler can have anywhere close to the kind of production that helped Williams get picked 35th overall in the 2021 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos, the Heels should have a good shot at reaching all of the goals they've set this season. - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#19 RB) rSr/2022 RB Ty ChandlerNorth Carolina
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  08/17/21 - Sam HowellJr/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 220 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll ranked North Carolina No. 9 in its preseason football Top 25 poll released on Tuesday. It marked the highest preseason ranking since the the Tar Heels were ranked seventh to start the last season of coach Mack Brown's first tenure in Chapel Hill in 1997. Alabama was the overwhelming pick for No. 1, receiving 63 of 65 votes. Oklahoma, which was ranked No. 3, received the other two first place votes. Clemson (No. 2) and Miami (No. 16) were the only other ACC teams ranked. UNC will travel to play at No. 7 Notre Dame, which, along with the Hurricanes, is the only scheduled game against a team ranked in the poll.

News of the ranking didn't evoke much of a reaction from the Tar Heel players who spoke with the media in Tuesday's scheduled interviews after practice. "I know we have the talent to be in the top 10, I know we should be in the top 10 or higher," junior receiver Emery Simmons said. "We've got so many non-believers who don't believe in us that we should be there. It's like an 'if' factor with us. As a team we know there's an 'if' factor with other people on like social media so we're just trying to keep our head down and work." Brown has repeatedly stated that his team didn't know how to handle being ranked No. 5 last season and it showed in their loss at Florida State. But junior safety Giovanni Biggers said the Heels were better equipped to handle the expectations for this season. - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#2 QB) Jr/2023 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  08/15/21 - A.J. BeattySo/2024, North Carolina, 6-4, 275 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  North Carolina redshirt freshman center AJ Beatty entered the transfer portal, the school announced on Monday. Beatty is the second player to transfer recently, joining defensive back Javon Terry, who announced his decision over the weekend. UNC coach Mack Brown has said in the past that he liked to recruit players who live within a drive of Chapel Hill to help with retention. Beatty was a 6-foot-5, 285-pound native of Pittsburgh. He was behind both Brian Andersen and Quiron Johnson at the position. The Tar Heels' offensive line is considered vastly improved, and returned all of its starters from last season. Terry played in the area at Wake Forest High School, but also found himself behind in the depth chart. The 6 -foot-2, 185-pound safety played in all 13 games the 2019 season. He opted out of playing the 2020 season when the pandemic was still casting a large shadow over whether or not it would be completed. - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#999 DE) So/2024 DE A.J. BeattyNorth Carolina
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  Garrett Walston's transformation into the rubber band man just might rejuvenate his NFL draft hopes and the tight end's role in the Tar Heels' passing game. Walston wanted to become a better blocker and route runner, and to do that he needed to increase his flexibility and agility. He took a very specific request into the office of strength and conditioning coach Brian Hess after spring practices to ask for a plan. Not just any plan, mind you. He wanted something that would incorporate a lot of the elements that would make him a complete player, like flexibility to help him get lower for run blocking. "I need a full plan on ankle mobility, hip mobility, running mobility, and I don't want it to be some one-page thing, I want it to be in depth," Walston told Hess. "I want it to take like 30 minutes to do, so they created me a personalized plan. And I went out to Wal-Mart and bought about every stretching ban and thick yoga mats so my knees could be supported."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Wilmington native has stuck to the plan ever since. He breaks out those resistance bands and yoga mat and goes through his routine, no matter how tired he is, before going to sleep at night. He also does it before and after lifting weights. UNC offensive coordinator Phil Longo has already noticed the difference from the spring drills to the start of fall camp. Longo said Walston has "the best hands on the team." "He's done such a tremendous job of developing his body physically," Longo said. "Hess and those guys have a plan for him. He's attacked the plan. He's much more of a physical specimen than he was before. So he I think he's a lot more than competent in the box now that makes him the true dual-threat tight end that we all would hope to recruit every year." - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#38 TE) rSr/2022 TE Garrett WalstonNorth Carolina
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  Fifth-year UNC football standout Beau Corrales is set to begin his final season in a Tar Heel uniform, hoping to avoid the kind of injuries that have plagued his four years in Chapel Hill. His most recent run-in with the injury bug was a sports hernia last year that required surgery and forced him to miss the team's final handful of games of the season. Back on the field in 2021 for an additional season of college football - that thanks to the NCAA allowing all student-athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the Covid-19 pandemic that affected so much of the 2020 season - Corrales is ready to make a difference for the ACC Coastal-favorite Tar Heels. But he's also got some side activities going on in the mean time.

On Saturday, it was announced that the Georgetown, Texas native will be teaming with Bojangles this season. That marriage is thanks to the NCAA's new NIL rules allowing student-athletes to earn money from their name, image and likeness while still in college. The popular fried chicken chain sent out a tweet on Saturday evening that touted their new partnership, stating that it's "Beau time." - Keeping It Heel


(DS#35 WR) rSr/2022 WR Beau CorralesNorth Carolina
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