Avery Trendel

Trading Places: UNC and Miami Find Roles Reversed in 2015

When the UNC football team takes the field at Kenan Stadium this Saturday against the Miami Hurricanes it will be a matchup of two teams who have each broken tradition in a big way recently. An afterthought on the college football landscape for many years, the Tar Heels are 8-1 in 2015, and have won eight games in a row—including an undefeated 5-0 record against conference opponents. At 17th in this week’s AP Top 25, and 23rd in the College Football Playoff rankings, this UNC team is heading toward uncharted waters. Just don’t tell that to senior quarterback Marquise...

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Williams Obliterates Duke and the Record Book: UNC Wins 66-31

The way all the jaws were hanging to the floor in Chapel Hill, it almost appeared as if the fans at Kenan Stadium had just seen a ghost–and in some ways they did. In front of a sell-out crowd on Saturday, the No. 21 UNC football team matched its longest winning streak since 1997 with an emphatic 66-31 blowout over the arch-rival Duke Blue Devils. Senior quarterback Marquise Williams put together a statistical performance normally only seen in video games–starting with an 89-yard flea flicker touchdown pass to junior Ryan Switzer on the team’s first offensive play. It was something...

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No. 1 Tar Heels Roll Past Guilford In Exhibition

No Marcus Paige, no Justin Jackson, no problem for the nation’s number one men’s basketball team on Friday night. The Tar Heels handily defeated the Guilford Quakers 99-49 at the Dean Smith Center, in their only preseason exhibition game before next Friday’s regular season opener. “I feel pretty good to play, do some nice things, without Marcus, without Justin, without Brice [Johnson],” UNC head coach Roy Williams said after the game. “[Johnson] did [play well] the second half, first half I don’t know where he was. “A lot of kids got a lot of minutes, and I think it did...

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UNC-Duke: This One’s Bigger Than the Bell

Each year since 1948 UNC and Duke have battled on the gridiron for the right to ring the Victory Bell on the way out of the stadium. But when the rivalry is renewed in Chapel Hill on Saturday, the Victory Bell won’t be the only thing at stake—which is a far cry from years past. Winners of seven games in a row, the Tar Heels lead the ACC Coastal Division, are 4-0 against conference competition, and bring a 7-1 overall record into Saturday’s grudge match against coach David Cutcliffe’s Blue Devils–who are 6-2 with a 3-1 conference mark. UNC...

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Cash Expected to Make Huge Impact on UNC-Duke Matchup

When UNC quarterback Marquise Williams gets the ball on Saturday in the Tar Heels’ battle with Duke, he’ll be facing a defense ranked ninth in the country, and giving up just 295 yards per game. As good as they are as a group, there’s one Blue Devil in particular that Williams will have to keep his eye on all day to have a shot at pulling out the win. All week long the Tar Heel players and coaches have had to take questions about Duke senior safety Jeremy Cash. The 6-foot-2 Miami native transferred to Durham in 2012 from...

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Train Keeps Rolling: UNC Beats Pitt, Wins Seventh Straight

With the lights of Heinz Field shining bright and the ESPN TV cameras watching closely, senior quarterback Marquise Williams and the rest of the UNC football squad made a loud statement against Pitt on Thursday night. The nation’s only one-loss team from a Power 5 conference to be left unranked this week, the Tar Heels defeated the No. 23 Pittsburgh Panthers 26-19 with another tough, grind-it-out performance. “I’m happy we won a football game,” Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora said afterwards. “And did it on a short week. We went on the road, we played the number [23] team in...

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Tar Heels Aim to Silence Doubters Against No. 23 Pittsburgh

Midway through the 2015 college football season, the ACC Coastal division is still up for grabs. On Thursday night the Tar Heels travel to take on the No. 23 Pittsburgh Panthers for an important game between two of the division’s three remaining undefeated teams in conference play. Both the Tar Heels and the Panthers come into this matchup with records of 6-1 overall, however Pittsburgh sits half a game ahead of UNC and Duke in the conference standings at 4-0, instead of 3-0. Despite losing star tailback James Conner to a knee injury early in the season the Panthers...

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“Late Night With Roy” Gets Basketball Season Underway

Basketball season officially began in Chapel Hill on Friday night, as UNC hosted its annual “Late Night With Roy” event. Hosted by TNT’s Kenny Smith, a Tar Heel and a two-time NBA champion, the event showcased the dancing and singing skills of the nation’s preseason No. 1 team, and even featured a little bit of basketball. The annual Blue-White scrimmage, the grand finale, saw the White team pull out a 41-32 victory behind 14 points from junior forward Isaiah Hicks. Senior Brice Johnson led the Blue squad with eight points of his own. Head Coach Roy Williams wore a...

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UNC Refuses to Look Past Virginia As Pitt Showdown Looms

With some fans eyeing next week’s Thursday night showdown Pittsburgh–one of two teams tied with UNC atop the ACC Coastal Division–it’s worth noting that the Tar Heels still have to face the Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday at Kenan Stadium. Despite coming in to the game as heavy favorites, they refuse to let their focus stray from the task at hand. Virginia enters this week 2-4 against all competition. In the ACC the Cavaliers have put together a 1-1 mark after a wild 44-38 overtime victory against Syracuse in their last outing. When UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora looks at...

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Unleash the Beast: UNC’s Elijah Hood Leaving His Mark

Sitting at 5-1 overall and 2-0 in ACC play, the UNC football team is off to its best start ever under head coach Larry Fedora. The key? Sophomore tailback Elijah Hood, who has proven during the first half of the season that he is the most important piece in the explosive Tar Heel attack. “Everything’s better when you’re winning,” Hood said. “I mean, the food tastes better, the days are sunnier, everything gets a lot better when you’re winning for sure.” Although Hood downplays the effect he’s had as an individual, entering the 2015 season Fedora and his staff...

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