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Tuesday May 24th

Football



Wake Forest's redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Hartman (10) is sacked by UNC's graduate linebacker Chazz Surratt (21) and sophomore defensive lineman Tomari Fox (56) during a game in Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. UNC beat Wake Forest 59-53.

Analysis: A look at UNC football's up-and-coming defensive line core for 2021

During Mack Brown’s first season in 2019, defensive coordinator Jay Bateman relied heavily upon veterans on the line due to a lack of depth at the position, but the talent level has risen up-front for the Tar Heels over the past two seasons.  It may take some time for this group to gel together and play up to their full potential, but the pieces are there for defensive line coach Tim Cross to take this group to the next level moving forward.

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Rising COVID-19 cases cause concerns as UNC looks to bring back fans at full capacity

As COVID-19 cases increase across the state, UNC Athletics is preparing for a return to full capacity gamedays.  More than 300 cases have occurred among UNC students and employees since August, according to the University's COVID-19 dashboard. Masks are required for indoor sporting events and are strongly encouraged outdoors. There is no vaccine requirement for attendance. 

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UNC junior quarterback Sam Howell (7) awaits a snap during Carolina's rainy spring game on April 24th in Kenan Stadium.

UNC football makes the most of spring game despite rain

Saturday’s UNC football spring game was a culmination of both. UNC had all spring to train and for the first time since 2019 and was planning to play in front of more than 11,000 fans. While the forecast reduced that number, it still provided a small glimpse of a more normalized 2021 season. 

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On April 24th, UNC football took the Kenan Stadium field for the first time in 2021 for its annual Spring exhibition game.

After key departures, UNC football's offense begins to answer questions at spring game

There will be heavy expectations on the Tar Heels this fall, and particularly on Sam Howell — who will be playing for the chance to be next year’s No. 1 pick and for a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony. After earning a spot in the New Year’s Six, making it back to a major bowl will be the least of the expectations, and dethroning Clemson atop the ACC will be the most of them. 

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