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To football fans, the center is just the guy who first touches the ball for any play, and then blocks. If the job was that simple, however, North Carolina wouldn't need four new centers when it opens the season Saturday at Georgia Tech.
Transfer of ball from center no snap, Heels say
Raleigh News & Observer

Baker, 22, knows he'll experience some internal fluttering before kickoff Saturday at 17th-ranked Georgia Tech (3:30, WXLV-45), as his long wait to become the Tar Heels' starting quarterback comes to an end. Is he ready for such a high-pressure job?
Patience pays off for UNC's Baker
Greensboro News & Record

The potential is there for this to be the surprise team of the Coastal Division. How much potential depends on how well Baker develops and whether the Heels can play high-pressure defense. Tempering the optimism, look for them to go 3-5 in the ACC, 5-6 overall.
North Carolina football capsule
Greensboro News & Record

Once Jacoby Watkins stopped swaying, he could get his swagger back. His teammates in the North Carolina secondary have joined him, giving the Tar Heels a confident group of Rude Boys as they head into their season opener Saturday at Georgia Tech (3:30 p.m., ABC).
UNC DBs showing swagger
Durham Herald-Sun

The Tar Heels rushed for 284 yards on 47 carries in their 34-13 victory. "Being a great defense, you can't let people run on you like that, and they really dominated us. Being on the sideline watching that game, it just brought tears to my eyes," said Henderson, a senior defensive end.
Notebook: Stopping the run is top priority
Macon Telegraph

"Physically, I feel great," he said. "I'm ready for this next game and my mind is set on these guys right now. That's all I want to talk about, North Carolina."
P.J. gives Jackets a chance to be OK
Macon Telegraph

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