Three freshmen shine in spring game

Mywan Jackson had it all planned out.

For his mother Terrie Green’s birthday on Saturday, he was going to give her two interceptions as his present.

He started the day by collecting a tipped pass off of the fingertips of Todd Harrelson, then out-jumped Harrelson for a second pick, this time in the end zone — and his goal was attained.


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Butch Davis signs 21 recruits

Butch Davis called the recruiting class of 2010 a prototype for the future of his program at North Carolina.“This is somewhat typical of what a recruiting class in future years would look like,” Davis said. “The first couple years you have to recruit on need. … In this particular class we signed someone at every position except quarterback.”

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UNC spends to build up football franchise

Marvin Austin writhed in the thrill of victory as he stomped off the field at Kenan Stadium, convulsing with the emotion of North Carolina’s 33-24 win against Miami last November.His dreadlocks snapped at the air, flicking drops of sweat toward the crowd pounding at the tunnel into the locker rooms. Spit flew as he howled at the bright lights, the TV cameras, the 58,000 fans.

Draft-ready juniors return

A quintet of juniors from North Carolina’s highly ranked defensive unit announced they will return to Chapel Hill for their senior seasons in the week following the team’s 19-17 loss to Pittsburgh in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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Tar Heels fall in Car Care Bowl

CHARLOTTE — Charles Brown and Quan Sturdivant remained on their knees, as if rising would somehow make it more real.Maybe if they didn't have to get up, they wouldn't have to face the offsides penalty that North Carolina incurred with 1:55 to play, giving Pittsburgh a fresh set of downs, and ultimately the win in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, 19-17.

North Carolina falls to Pitt in Car Care Bowl

CHARLOTTE — Andrew Janocko waited just long enough to give Pittsburgh a bowl win.Facing fourth and two with les than three minutes to play, the Panthers' sophomore holder knew that the goal posts 47 yards away were a tall order for kicker Dan Hutchins. He also knew that North Carolina would be coming hard for a block.

Charlotte bowl selects UNC

For the second straight year, North Carolina qualified for a bowl game.And for the second straight year, they won’t have far to travel to get there.The Tar Heels accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 26 in Charlotte.UNC will face Pittsburgh from the Big East in the postseason contest.

Tar Heels fall to Wolfpack 28-27

 RALEIGH — No. 23 North Carolina opened up its regular-season finale against N.C. State gunning on all cylinders. The Wolfpack closed the game that way.NCSU (5-7, 2-6 ACC) took a 28-27 come-from-behind victory on senior day against the Tar Heels on Russell Wilson's 38-yard touchdown strike to Owen Spencer with 14:31 remaining in the game.

UNC leads N.C. State 24-14 at halftime

RALEIGH — No. 23 North Carolina leads the Wolfpack of N.C. State 24-14 at halftime at Carter-Finley Stadium.T.J. Yates leads UNC (8-3, 4-3 ACC) with 206 yards passing and two touchdowns on 6-for-8 throwing. Johnny White has 59 yards rushing, including a 40-yard touchdown run for his first career rushing touchdown.Jheranie Boyd has 105 yard receiving and two touchdowns.

Greg Little (8) and the Tar Heels didn’t get much offensive production last season when UNC fell to the Wolfpack 41-10. DTH ile

Heels won’t fuel ?re vs. State

Last year after its lopsided 41-10 victory against North Carolina, N.C. State didn’t hold back when taking a couple shots at UNC’s program.“What it speaks to is, we’re the best football program in the state,” Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien said following that game. “Without question.”But the fun at the expense of its rival didn’t stop there.

UNC had five interceptions Saturday, including three by Deunta Williams. DTH/Andrew Johnson

Defense snags five interceptions in 31-13 win over Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. — Deunta Williams had a memorable 21st birthday.There was a party with about 40,000 screaming guests. And there were gifts — three of them, courtesy of a mistake-prone Boston College offense.Williams came away with a career-high three interceptions in North Carolina’s 31-13 victory against the Eagles.