The fate of North Carolina's running game this season rests with a smiling, smooth-talking tailback whose arms are covered in tattoos and whose legs haven't run in a game in more than a year.
Edwards ready to carry the ball, UNC
The Winston Salem Journal
A new emphasis on blitzing could help solve North Carolina's failure to pressure the quarterback.
Coach John Bunting said Saturday the Tar Heels have added blitzes and zone pressures. North Carolina ranked 10th out of 11 teams in the ACC with 20 sacks last season.
Next step for Tar Heels' defense? Blitzing
The Charlotte Observer
"I can remember my first training camp with Dick Vermeil was July 3," Bunting said. "We got out of there about the last day in August -- seven weeks of two-a-days."
This year, UNC will have four two-a-days. Not four weeks, but four total. The trend toward fewer workouts has been ongoing in recent years, but the NCAA in 2003 implemented a five-day acclimation period that further protects student-athletes.
UNC notebook: Practice not what it used to be, Bunting says
The Durham Herald Sun
Rumor had it when Jon Tenuta was North Carolina's defensive coordinator, back in the glory days of Julius Peppers, the rivalry with offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill was friendly.
Well, that's what UNC's new starting quarterback Matt Baker was explaining on Saturday, among other things.
Baker faces tough task in opener -- Tenuta's blitz
The Durham Herald-Sun
Barrington Edwards didn't need to count down the days until he received a chance to become North Carolina's starting running back. His mother did it for him.
Countdown almost finished for back
The Burlington Times-News
Far off, whenever the football life ends, Barrington Edwards might just be his own best employee.
At Hotel Barrington, which he says will be based somewhere in Maryland, the beds will be the most comfortable, the televisions the sharpest, and the foot rubs the most relaxing. At least that's how he plans his post-football business venture.
If he wants a greeter, however, Edwards won't need to look any further than the bright-faced guy who'll be signing the checks. Nobody strikes a conversation like Edwards.
Skill switch: Positions change at UNC
The Rocky Mount Telegram
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels have won their fifth national championship in a row -- not in athletics, but at the cash register.
For the fiscal year ending July 1, the Collegiate Licensing Co. ranked the Heels No. 1 in royalties from collegiate merchandise. When totals are in, UNC expects to make about $3.5 million from licensing agreements.
That Carolina blue brings in a lot of green
The Charlotte Observer