Ryan Switzer

UNC Awards Patterson Medals to Justin Jackson, Hayley Carter and Ryan Switzer

Three of UNC’s top athletes from this past year were recognized Tuesday for their outstanding achievements, as they were awarded the Patterson Medals–the school’s most prestigious athletic honor. Based primarily on career accomplishments, this year’s winners were: Justin Jackson (men’s basketball), Hayley Carter (women’s tennis) and Ryan Switzer (football). Jackson was named ACC Player of the Year this past season, on the way to leading the Tar Heels to the 2017 NCAA Championship. The wiry forward–now with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings–helped UNC win 92 games during his three years on campus, including a 13-2 record in the NCAA Tournament....

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Four UNC Players Selected in Final Four Rounds of NFL Draft

The 2017 NFL Draft came to its conclusion on Saturday in Philadelphia, as teams completed rounds four through seven. Four Tar Heels heard their names called as part of the proceedings, bringing the team’s total to six over the three-day event. Wide receivers Mack Hollins and Ryan Switzer will now go from teammates to rivals in the NFC East. Hollins–the 6-foot-5-inch deep threat, who also stands out on special teams–will join the Philadelphia Eagles after being selected in the fourth round with 118th overall pick. Switzer–the shifty, 5-foot-9-inch jack-of-all-trades–got the call from owner Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys...

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Seven UNC Football Players Invited to NFL Draft Combine

The road to the NFL Draft began not long after the college season ended for many Tar Heel football players, but only seven of them will have the opportunity to show their progress on the big stage at this year’s NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky–widely expected to be among the first players selected in the draft–headlines a group that includes Elijah Hood and TJ Logan, his top two running backs, and three of his wide receivers: Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard and Mack Hollins. Defensive tackle Nazair Jones was the only player from the Tar Heel defense...

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Stanford Stifles Trubisky and the Tar Heels, Holds On to Win Sun Bowl

With Friday’s Sun Bowl in El Paso seemingly viewed as an NFL Draft audition for UNC junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas and safety Dallas Lloyd decided they might as well steal some of the spotlight for themselves. Lloyd forced Trubisky into three turnovers in the No. 18 Cardinal’s 25-23 victory–while Thomas sacked the Ohio native on a potential game-tying two-point conversion with less than 30 seconds remaining. Head coach Larry Fedora made a controversial decision to punt with his team trailing late in the fourth quarter, but he was rewarded with a three-and-out by the...

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ACC Names Ryan Switzer Its Receiver of the Week

As his record-setting career as a Tar Heel approaches its conclusion, senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer continues to rake in the awards. On Monday, Switzer was named the ACC Receiver of the Week for the third time in 2016 for his performance against The Citadel over the weekend. The West Virginia native hauled in four passes for 93 yards in UNC’s win–including a 72-yard touchdown grab that gave the Tar Heels a two-score lead in the first quarter. He previously took home the same honor for his electric performances in Week Four against Pittsburgh and Week Five against Florida...

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Rejuvenated UNC Football Team Demolishes The Citadel 41-7

Having had over a week to process its disappointing loss at Duke last Thursday, the UNC football team found release valve for all of its anger on Saturday in the form of The Citadel. Although the Bulldogs arrived at Kenan Stadium as one of just two undefeated teams in the lower-tier FCS, the clearly motivated Tar Heels sent them back to Charleston with a crushing 41-7 loss. It was the second time in a three-week span UNC faced a school with a triple-option offensive attack, after defeating Georgia Tech two weeks ago. While the Yellow Jackets were able to...

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UNC Rides Much-Maligned Defense to a 20-13 Road Win Over No. 16 Miami

Following each of UNC’s thrilling comebacks against Pitt and Florida State, head coach Larry Fedora gave the same message. One of these days, the tables would turn and the struggling defense would be forced to bail out the high-powered offense. That time came on Saturday, when Malik Carney’s strip sack in the final moments capped an impressive defensive effort–and sealed the Tar Heels’ 20-13 road win over No. 16 Miami. Coming off the worst offensive performance of the Fedora era, the Tar Heels sprinted out to a 17-point halftime lead behind a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Mitch...

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No. 25 Virginia Tech Storms Past No. 17 UNC for 34-3 Blowout Win

On its way to a 4-1 start in 2016, the No. 17 UNC football team has relied on its highly-explosive offense to make up for a defense that’s struggled to keep opponents off the scoreboard. Playing in the midst of Hurricane Matthew, however, the Tar Heels couldn’t even light a spark on Saturday—as the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies traveled to Kenan Stadium and left with a 34-3 blowout victory in a crucial Coastal Division showdown. It was the lowest-scoring game UNC has put together since head coach Larry Fedora took over in Chapel Hill prior to the 2012...

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Switzer, Weiler Selected as ACC Players of the Week

With 30 catches in UNC football’s thrilling wins over the last two weeks, senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer set the league’s all-time record for catches in back-to-back games. His reward? It was announced Monday that he’s the recipient of a second straight ACC Receiver of the Week honor. Switzer caught 14 passes against Florida State for 158 yards–giving him a whopping 49 grabs for 587 yards through five games this season. Of course, as well as Switzer and quarterback Mitch Trubisky played in Tallahassee, the Tar Heels wouldn’t have won the game without the leg of kicker Nick Weiler....

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Chansky’s Notebook: Pass The Smelling Salt

Okay, heart-stopping Heels, enough with the drama. What moniker do you want to give Carolina’s football team that is literally taking our breath away? Beating Pitt with two seconds left on the clock and stunning Florida State on a long field goal as time ran out? Two reasons why this madness has to end. Now. First, the Tar Heels proved they were better than Pitt, coming back from a game-long two-touchdown deficit after only possessing the ball for 33 seconds of the first quarter. And they dominated the 12th-ranked Seminoles for the entire first half before mistakes, fatigue and...

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