Avery Trendel

From Manning to Marquise: UNC’s Quarterback Gets a Much Needed Pep Talk

On the first day of training camp this past offseason, UNC senior quarterback Marquise Williams said his goal was to win the ACC Player of the Year award. After his first start of the season strayed from the plan just a bit, Williams received an outpouring of support from an elite group of his peers—something that helped him get his mind, and his play, back on track heading into this week’s game against North Carolina A&T. “Some great quarterbacks called me this past weekend, just to talk and tell me to move on,” Williams told reporters after practice on...

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Lesson Learned: Give Elijah Hood the Ball

During UNC’s heartbreaking 17-13 loss to South Carolina last Thursday there was one player notably missing from the Tar Heels’ final seven offensive plays—sophomore running back Elijah Hood. Head Coach Larry Fedora gambled unsuccessfully late in the game, sacrificing Hood’s power running to try and keep the Gamecock defense off balance with his fast paced no-huddle attack. On a night where he burst for a career-high 138 yards on the ground, Hood proved to the South Carolina defense that he had no issues running through any of them. He was making it look like child’s play. For that reason, Tar...

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Costly Interceptions Doom Tar Heels Against South Carolina

Marquise Williams will go to sleep with the image of South Carolina middle linebacker Skai Moore in his head. Moore intercepted Williams two times in the end zone Thursday night–including on North Carolina’s final offensive play–as the Gamecocks took advantage of multiple missed chances by the Tar Heels on their way to a 17-13 victory at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. “We had a lot of chances,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said after the game. “We had a lot of missed opportunities offensively. “I thought our defense did some good things,” he continued.”The only thing we didn’t...

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Tar Heels Eager for Challenge Presented by Spurrier’s Gamecocks

Two years ago the UNC football team opened its season with a disappointing 27-10 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia. On Thursday, the Tar Heels will get a chance at revenge when they collide with legendary Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. If there’s one thing that’s certain about the Tar Heels right now, it’s that they have a tremendous amount of respect for Spurrier and his teams. UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora told reporters on Monday that Spurrier always has his teams prepared. Fedora’s quarterback, senior Marquise Williams,...

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Linebackers Schoettmer and Rashad Have UNC’s Defense Ready For Its Close-Up

In just one week’s time the UNC football team will be in Charlotte for their season opener against South Carolina. Under the lights at Bank of America Stadium and nationally televised on ESPN, the Tar Heel defense – led by senior linebackers Jeff Schoettmer and Shakeel Rashad – will have a prime opportunity to let the cameras capture their good side in the first game under new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. The complete overhaul of the team’s defense, which has carried on all throughout the offseason, has asked numerous players to take on different roles and positions as they...

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UNC Training Camp: Hood and Logan Bringing “Thunder and Lightning” to Chapel Hill

They haven’t earned any nicknames yet, but if they carry their excellent play from training camp into the regular season, that may change in the very near future. Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan are expected to give this year’s UNC football team an electric one-two punch at the running back position that could take this year’s offense to new heights. While some offenses like to slow the tempo and hand the ball off to one running back all game long, UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora needs to constantly rotate in multiple backs due to the breakneck pace his teams...

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Physicality the Theme at UNC Football Media Day

If everything goes according to plan this season, then all that chatter about the UNC football team playing too cute of a game should all be long gone. At the team’s Media Day on Wednesday, physicality was hailed as the potential savior of all things—from the top down. As the football landscape, both in college and the professional ranks, gears itself more towards wide-open spread offenses—like UNC’s—hard-hitting smash-mouth defense has largely gone by the wayside. New Tar Heel defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has come to Chapel Hill on a mission to change that. “In this day and age, you...

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UNC Training Camp: Receivers Expected to be Loud–On and Off the Field

Fresh off its first full-team scrimmage on Sunday, the UNC football team resumed training camp Monday morning with a clearer picture starting to develop of this year’s Tar Heel roster. And if there’s one thing that can be said for certain about this year’s team just six days into practice–it’s that the deep stable of wide receivers will be making noise in many different ways. Depth is a key component in UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora’s high-tempo offense, and luckily for the Tar Heels, they have plenty of it flanking quarterback Marquise Williams. Senior Quinshad Davis, along with juniors...

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UNC Training Camp: Chizik’s Presence Looms Large Over Schoettmer, Defense

Since Larry Fedora’s arrival as UNC’s head football coach in 2012, the Tar Heels have never struggled to score points. However, the results on the other side of the ball have been a bit shaky under the offensive guru. So for 2015 Fedora landed his most talented recruit yet—a defensive coordinator by the name of Gene Chizik. Just four days into training camp, Chizik has already made his mark on the team. In 2005, Chizik was a co-defensive coordinator for Mack Brown’s national championship team at Texas. And then in 2010 as the head coach at Auburn, he picked...

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UNC Training Camp: Marquise Williams Ready For the Spotlight

As the UNC football team opened its preseason training camp Monday morning, all eyes were focused on senior quarterback Marquise Williams. Motivated by a disappointing finish to 2014, the dual-threat signal caller is expected to lead the way this year on a Tar Heel roster loaded with experience. After toying with the idea of a two-quarterback system at times during last season’s 6-7 finish, UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora has given Williams the keys to the offense heading into 2015—noting the tremendous growth in Williams’ leadership ability. “I didn’t necessarily just see [Williams’ leadership gains] today,” Fedora said. “I...

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