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The No. 18 North Carolina football team (1-0) defeated Syracuse (0-1), 31-6, in a crowd-less Kenan Memorial Stadium after a slow first half offensively.
North Carolina is set to kickoff its fall season on Saturday, but many have apprehensions regarding this decision. UNC Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Mario Ciocca fully supports athletes playing in the fall, despite concerns from experts in his field.
The ACC's plans for the 2020 season allowed North Carolina to schedule UNC-Charlotte as a new non-conference opponent on Sept. 19, but there are still question marks surrounding the four contracts it had with its planned non-conference opponents.
Following a successful 2019 season and an unusual offseason, can UNC keep the momentum? Saturday's game against Syracuse could make or break this season.
Sam Howell's rise to fame as UNC's starting quarterback might have come as a surprise to some, but not for the people who know him best back home. For years, his hometown has been marveling over his athletics gifts, but also his selflessness to always put others before himself. Tad Baucom, his former high school coach, knows just what it looks like when Howell cares about someone like family. For his talents and his person, UNC devoted 11 days straight to recruiting him away from Florida State.
With the loss of defensive standouts Aaron Crawford and Jason Strowbridge to the NFL, the North Carolina defensive line will need to rely on some relatively fresh faces in the 2020 season.
“Your best three players on the team may make some money out of their name," North Carolina football head coach Mack Brown said. "... But we’re worried about the backup right guard, and the 13th corner. The biggest thing we’re trying to do is stay ahead of name, image and likeness.”
Ahead of a Week 2 matchup with UNC-Charlotte, the North Carolina football team discussed their dominant performance against Syracuse on the defensive side of the ball and how the Tar Heels can improve even more before Saturday.
There's plenty of things the Tar Heels could improve on before their game on Saturday against UNC-Charlotte: catching punts cleanly, cutting down on the penalties, finding better success on deep throws. But at the end of the day, UNC still achieved a 31-6 blowout win.
After UNC football opened its first game in Chapel Hill with a mostly empty Kenan Stadium, Tar Heels fans expressed mixed sentiments about not being able to watch their team in person.
Call it early-season rust, or the unpredictable effects of a crowdless, COVID-19-wary Kenan Memorial Stadium, or both, but you’d be hard-pressed to make the case that the first three quarters of the Tar Heels’ 31-6 win were “normal.”
Despite coming into the season with one of the most hyped offenses in college football, it was the North Carolina defense that held strong through the first three quarters against Syracuse.
All it took was one big run for Javonte Williams' coach to know he was ready to step into a starring role. Now, after a breakout sophomore campaign that saw the Wallace-Rose Hill High School product elevate his game in all aspects, he's ready to prove those high expectations aren't misplaced.
Sophomore cornerback Storm Duck reflects on his iconic name, and freshman season, in preparation for Saturday's game against Syracuse.
Chazz Surratt made the bold decision to switch positions in the middle of his college career. Now, the man who once set records as a quarterback will take the field for the Tar Heels as one of the best linebackers in the country.
With upperclassmen Chazz Surratt, Tomon Fox and Jeremiah Gemmel leading the way in 2020, UNC football's linebacker core could play a key role in guiding its defense to success.