Larry Fedora

Veteran Leaders Aiming to Keep Positive Mindset in UNC Locker Room, Despite Negative Outcomes

As the losses–and injury woes–continue to pile up for the UNC football team, the Tar Heels’ veteran leaders are doing everything they can to make sure the team keeps a positive mindset throughout the final five games. Head coach Larry Fedora said after Saturday’s loss to Virginia that it “kills him” because he hasn’t been able to get his guys over the hump so far in 2017. Although a coach is supposed to feel that way for his players, it’s ultimately the guys out on the field in pads who decide the final outcomes. That’s why after seven games–and...

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Virginia Holds Off UNC Down the Stretch, Extends Tar Heels’ Losing Skid to Four Games

Somehow, some way, the UNC football team found itself with one final drive to win the game against Virginia on Saturday at Kenan Stadium—but came up just short on a controversial fourth down play, which all but handed the Cavaliers a 20-14 victory. Needing a touchdown and an extra point to pull out just their second win of the season, the Tar Heels managed to advance the ball past midfield. Forced into a 4th-and-9 opportunity, however, quarterback Brandon Harris was sacked by the Virginia defense. No penalties were called, even though replays appeared to show a missed facemask penalty—one...

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Fedora, UNC Football Desperately Seeking to Solve Offensive Woes Against Virginia

At no time during head coach Larry Fedora’s first five years at the helm of the UNC football team have the Tar Heels ever needed to worry about finding offense. Entering this week’s game against Virginia, however, Fedora is desperately trying to come up with a way to help his struggling team put some points on the board. Having spent the majority of his time in Chapel Hill establishing himself as an offensive guru, Fedora now finds himself in an interesting position. His Tar Heels have slipped to 1-5, while injuries and inexperience have brought his high-octane game plans...

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No. 21 Notre Dame Throttles UNC Football, Tar Heel Offense Lifeless Again

With black storm clouds looming over Kenan Stadium for the majority of the UNC football team’s 33-10 loss to No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday, it was a perfect metaphor for a Tar Heel offense which has fallen completely flat over the last couple weeks. Right out of the gates, UNC went three-and-out on its first five offensive possessions. For the game, the Tar Heels punted a whopping nine times while gaining just 13 first downs. Quarterback Chazz Surratt and company managed only seven yards in the entire first quarter—while finishing with just 265 for the game. If that...

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Fedora, Tar Heels Trying to Remain Optimistic Heading Into Showdown vs. No. 22 Notre Dame

As the UNC football team continues to watch its season fall into a downward spiral entering this week’s huge home game against No. 22 Notre Dame, head coach Larry Fedora remains focused on trying to salvage something out of this year. With the large number of obstacles that have presented themselves already during the team’s 1-4 start in 2017, it would be tough to blame Fedora for turning an eye towards next year. It wasn’t exactly his plan to have 13 players—including a number of key starters—lost for the season. What he did know, was that there would be...

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Georgia Tech Pounds UNC Football, Drops Tar Heels to 1-4

The season-long struggle continued on Saturday afternoon for the injury-ravaged UNC football team, which traveled to Atlanta and suffered a 33-7 loss at the hands of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. With the Tar Heels top two receivers entering 2017—Austin Proehl and Thomas Jackson—each lost for the year due to injury, the young Tar Heels had big problems moving the ball against a Georgia Tech team motivated to end its three-game losing streak to UNC. Freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt threw for just 141 yards, while the Tar Heel rushing attack managed just over 100 yards—but on 26 carries. UNC’s...

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Fourth Quarter Woes Continue to Plague UNC Football

If football games were only three quarters long, this year’s UNC team would be undefeated through four games. This is reality, however, and everyone knows that’s not exactly how things work. The Tar Heels are actually 1-3 following Saturday’s loss to Duke, and are starting to show signs of frustration early in the season. Senior cornerback MJ Stewart–a key leader on a defense which has allowed three come-from-behind fourth quarter wins–struggled to find a deeper explanation for the Tar Heels’ failures late in games. “Coach Fedora mentioned it in the locker room,” a somber Stewart told reporters after Saturday’s...

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Late Interception Seals UNC’s Fate in Victory Bell Loss to Duke

For a brief moment on Saturday it looked as if UNC freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt was in the midst of his first career game-winning drive. Just seconds later, however, Surratt threw a backbreaking pick-six which helped the Duke Blue Devils close out a 27-17 victory over the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium. With its offense essentially bottled up all day long, UNC was forced to rely on its often-criticized defense for much of the afternoon. In that respect, the Tar Heels did their job just fine—limiting Duke’s standout quarterback Daniel Jones to just 202 yards through the air. UNC...

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UNC Football Thrashes Old Dominion, Picks Up First Win of 2017

Back-to-back losses to open the 2017 football season left UNC with plenty of questions, but the Tar Heels appear to be finding some answers after traveling to Old Dominion on Saturday and dominating the Monarchs for a 53-23 victory. Freshman Chazz Surratt made the start at quarterback for the second straight week, but this time he was given the opportunity to play all of the meaningful minutes. In return, Surratt delivered a performance which should solidify him as the Tar Heels’ starter moving forward. He completed 16 of his 24 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown, while avoiding...

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UNC Hoping to Solve Defensive Communication Woes at Old Dominion

Having dropped their first two games of the 2017 season—all while allowing nearly 600 yards per game—the point of emphasis for head coach Larry Fedora and the UNC football team entering this week’s game at Old Dominion is clear. It’s time for the Tar Heels to start playing some defense. There are 129 teams in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, of which only three have surrendered more yards than UNC so far this season. However, none of those squads—Louisiana, East Carolina and Tulsa—play in a Power Five conference like the Tar Heels do. In addition, UNC has won...

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