Avery Trendel

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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Benton Moss Named First Team Academic All-American

UNC senior pitcher Benton Moss was selected to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-American first team on Thursday—the first Tar Heel baseball player to earn the honor since current New York Yankee pitcher Adam Warren in 2009. A Morehead Scholar double majoring in business and economics, Moss has already received other prestigious awards for his educational pursuits—such as the Jim Tatum Memorial Award, given to one UNC varsity student-athlete per year for excelling in athletics and academics, and the ACC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Although he was chosen in the 15th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by...

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UNC Baseball Misses NCAA Tournament For First Time Since 2001

For the first time since 2001 the UNC baseball team will not play in the NCAA Tournament. It marks just the second time in head coach Mike Fox’s 17-year tenure that the Tar Heels will not be playing into June. “I never thought we were immune to this,” Coach Fox said. “It’s not a given. You can say that, but all of a sudden when you’re not in, that’s the reality. No program is immune to this. There’s a lot of really, really good teams out there.” The team finished the season with a record of 34-24 overall and...

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ACC Baseball Tournament: Tar Heels Pick Up Big Win Over Clemson

Feeling the unfamiliar pressure of the NCAA Tournament bubble, the UNC baseball team rebounded from back-to-back losses to defeat the Clemson Tigers by a score of 6-3 on Friday at the ACC Tournament in Durham. Both teams finish with records of 1-2 in ACC pool play and are eliminated from conference championship contention. The Tar Heels are now 34-24 for the season, finishing league play at 15-18. Clemson also ends the year on the bubble–at 32-27 overall and 17-16 in the ACC. Freshman flamethrower JB Bukauskas (5-3)–like his team–bounced back from a couple of rough starts on the mound...

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ACC Baseball Tournament: Bats Fall Flat, Tar Heels Downed by No. 13 FSU

Led by a solid effort on the mound from junior Mike Compton, the No. 13 Florida State Seminoles cruised to an 8-4 victory over the UNC baseball team on Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With their second straight loss in pool play, the Tar Heels (33-24, 14-18) are eliminated from contention for the conference crown. The Seminoles (40-19, 19-13) are now in position to advance to Sunday’s ACC Championship Game thanks to 5.2 stellar innings from Compton (4-3), who gave up just two runs on five hits. Florida State defeated Clemson on Wednesday and is now...

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ACC Baseball Tournament: No. 3 Louisville Rallies to Defeat UNC

Rallying from an early 4-0 deficit, the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals defeated the UNC baseball team on Wednesday night by a score of 7-4 in the Tar Heels’ first pool play game of the ACC Tournament at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Tyler Ramirez led off the game with a solo home run, as the Tar Heel offense came out swinging against the Cardinals’ freshman right-hander Sean Leland–adding three more runs in the third inning before Leland could even record an out. But Louisville came storming back against UNC senior Benton Moss, in what was likely Moss’s final ACC...

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Gallen Pitches UNC to Victory, Keeps Season Alive

Facing a potential “do or die” scenario on Tuesday, Zac Gallen led the struggling UNC baseball team to their most important victory of the season–a 5-3 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in Durham that puts the Tar Heels into the pool play portion of the ACC Tournament. Had Carolina (33-22, 14-16 ACC) lost, there was speculation that they may not be selected for the NCAA tournament. Those worries can likely be put to bed now, thanks to Gallen’s clutch performance–which also preserves the thin UNC pitching staff for the rest of the week. Gallen (4-3) worked 6.2 innings...

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