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Divers want another shot at Kenan leap

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DURHAM — Aerial Adventures hopes to get another chance to deliver the game ball at North Carolina someday.

And if they do, the parachutists promise to hit the correct stadium.

Tudor's Take: Road opens up for UNC

Tags: ACC Now | UNC

Based on Rutgers’ season-opening performance against Fresno State on Monday, North Carolina’s Sept. 11 trip to New Jersey looks a lot more inviting than almost anyone could have imagined in preseason.

With Ray Rice no longer around to pile up 200 or so yards rushing per game, the Scarlet Knights’ offense was a virtual no-show at home against a underdog team that had to travel cross country.


Falling concrete, sizzling circuits at UNC

Tags: ACC Now | UNC

Phase I of Kenan Stadium renovations are scheduled to begin after this season, and after Saturday’s victory over McNeese State, they can’t start fast enough.

Not only did a lightning strike short out a circuit board in
the PA announcer’s box (the school had a spare), interfere with cable and wireless connections in the press box and delay the game in the second quarter for almost two hours — but a chunk of concrete fell into the stands around section 220, spokesman Steve Kirschner confirmed Saturday.

Davis: We didn't establish anything

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Butch Davis said he couldn't even begin to speculate as to which Tar Heels had good games against McNeese State — except Brandon Tate.

And that says as much about Tate, who set the UNC record for all-purpose yards in a game, as it does the team, which desperately needed all of the senior wide receiver's yards to win its season opener 35-27.

"I told the team a couple weeks ago: It's the media's job and it's the alumni's job and it's the fans' job to deal with predictions and expectations, and it's the coaches' job and the player's job to deal in reality,'' Davis said. "And the reality is that you've got to look yourself in the face tonight and realize what it's going to take to play much better every single week."

Tate's record day hands Heels victory

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CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina needed a record-setting performance to beat McNeese State, 35-27, on Saturday.

Brandon Tate provided it.

On a night when UNC’s offense struggled to put together any sort of consistent attack at rain-soaked Kenan Stadium, the senior wide receiver provided most of his team’s surge — scoring two touchdowns, setting up another, and speeding his way to a school-record 397 all purpose yards.

Chiefs cut Barth

While UNC walk-on Casey Barth is preparing to share kicking duties against McNeese State tonight, his older brother Connor, UNC's kicker from the previous four seasons, will continue to look for an NFL kicking job.

According to the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs have chosen Nick Novak after a tight kicking competition. 

"The told me that if Nick doesn't do as well as they think he will, I should stay ready,'' Barth, an NFL rookie, told the paper.

Will UNC play a backup QB?

CHAPEL HILL — When he was asked Monday whether he'd try to work a backup quarterback into Saturday's game against McNeese State, North Carolina coach Butch Davis said he didn't know.

"We're just trying to get a first down,'' he said.

But considering what happened to N.C. State's starting quarterback Russell Wilson on Thursday night,  a concussion, it will be interesting to see if UNC gives its back-up signal callers a few snaps late in the game, if the Tar Heels get a good cushion. Just in case.

Three DBs questionable for UNC

Tags: ACC Now | UNC

Three North Carolina defensive backs — Charles Brown, Johnny White and LeCount Fantroy — are all questionable to play against McNeese State on Saturday, according to the team injury report.

Brown, who started nine games last season, has been slowed most of training camp with a sprained ankle. White, a converted running back, has an injured thigh, and Fantroy has a hurt hand. The Tar Heels' secondary faces an early test against the Cowboys, who use a spread offense and have two speedy receivers.

UNC coordinators move up

CHAPEL HILL — Last year, UNC offensive coordinator John Shoop was on the sideline during games so he could commuicate with freshman quarterback T.J. Yates face-to-face.

So it’s a sign of Yates’ development that Shoop will back up in the coach’s box for the season-opener against McNeese State on Saturday, communicating with Yates and the offense via graduate assistant Wes Satterfield.

Talking with Tudor: UNC and State predictions

Joe Giglio and Caulton Tudor make their predictions for UNC and State's upcoming season. (Staff video by Rob Roberts and Travis Long)

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