There will be two debuts for North Carolina at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, one planned and the other a recent surprise. How things go for each of them against James Madison will start to indicate what kind of football season the Tar Heels might have.
Tar Heels will open with two beginnings
The Winston Salem Journal
James Madison isn't exactly LSU, North Carolina's opponent in the 2010 season opener. The Tigers finished the season ranked eighth in the country, while the Dukes are a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team coming off a 6-5 season.
But JMU isn't your run-of-the-mill doormat, either.
Tar Heels won't be taking JMU lightly in opener
The Durham Herald-Sun
Hidden in the tentative depth chart on the eighth page of North Carolina's game notes for Saturday night's season opener against James Madison is a small detail that will likely have a big impact on one of Tar Heels' strongest units.
Tar Heels uncover potential gem in defensive end Martin
The Burlington Times-News
He's a fiery competitor and doesn't like to lose at anything, even video games. He's the son of a former NFL punter who also happened to be his high school coach. His nickname is "Gunner," and and his favorite shoes are a pair of camouflage Crocs.
UNC quarterback Bryn Renner brings renewed passion and power to Tar Heels
The Fayetteville Observer
Ryan Houston has been limited to noncontact drills all training camp because of offseason shoulder surgery, but North Carolina's redshirt senior tailback has insisted all month he would be ready for the Tar Heels' opener against James Madison.
Houston apparently will be proven right Saturday, earning the starting nod Monday.
Tar Heels make Houston top TB
The Charlotte Observer