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Carolina Football

Wallace Wright knows only one way to play football, and that's to go all out on every down. Wright, a receiver at North Carolina, never lacks motivation. That quality helped him land a spot in the UNC program as a walk-on in 2002 after major-college recruiters passed him by.
Wright has proven skeptics wrong
The Winston Salem Journal

The N.C. State-North Carolina football game Saturday may turn on a baseball dynamic: State's sluggers want to get to Carolina's bullpen. UNC's starting quarterback, Matt Baker, was battered so badly in the first two games that the team ordered a new, and presumably thicker, flak jacket for his sore ribs. It had better arrive quickly because State's defensive rush certainly will.
Heels' backups ready, if needed
The News and Observer

When Jacoby Watkins looks across the field at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh on Saturday, he'll see both an enemy and a friend. The enemy for North Carolina's junior cornerback will be the N.C. State Wolfpack.
Ex-teammates face off in UNC-N.C. State game
The Fayetteville Observer

Offensive line isn't the place true freshmen normally see action on the NCAA Division I-A level. But North Carolina's Garrett Reynolds proved an exception to the rule last Saturday when the Tar Heels played Wisconsin. Reynolds, a 6-foot-7, 275-pounder from Knoxville, Tenn., entered the game in the first quarter to spell hobbled starter Skip Seagraves. Reynolds is one of seven true freshmen who have played for UNC in the first two games.
ACC notebook: UNC freshman lineman steps up
The Fayetteville Observer

For a defensive lineman with three tackles this season, Khalif Mitchell attracted a large crowd of reporters after practice Tuesday.
The play makes Mitchell center of attention for a week
The Durham Herald-Sun

Legendary North Carolina radio broadcaster Woody Durham showed up at the Kenan Football Center on Tuesday morning wearing a reddish-colored shirt. "Is that a burgundy shirt, Woody?" UNC football coach John Bunting asked, just wanting to be sure. Bunting was only joking, and Durham cracked back that it was the only clean shirt he had. Still, the point was clear. With Saturday's trip to Raleigh nearing, Bunting had Wolfpack red on his mind and didn't necessarily feel like seeing it in his facility.
Heels, Pack both know this isn't just another game
The Durham Herald Sun

No local rivalry surpasses the breadth and bad breath of State-Carolina. Chuck Amato and John Bunting played for the schools they now coach, and they coach this game as ferociously as they played. One ultimately will outlast the other, with no tears shed across the way.
Old Foes: State-UNC is saltiest of local battles
The Winston Salem Journal

For Durell Mapp, this week has been one long, midseason audible. The former Cummings High School standout has shifted linebacker positions after North Carolina senior Doug Justice went down with a season-ending foot injury.
Where do I go, coach?
The Burlington Times-News

The goal line stand. Everybody remembers it. The image of former N.C. State tailback T.A. McLendon slamming into the solid 6-foot-6, 297-pound wall better known as North Carolina defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell to seal the 30-24 UNC victory last season still rests in the mental chest of Tar Heel football memories. But even with the rivalry game between the Tar Heels and Wolfpack on the horizon, Mitchell and his teammates have one thing in mind — and it has nothing to do with last year's epic play.
UNC defense planning to 'Pack a punch
The Daily Tar Heel

The football seasons of rival schools separated by 25 miles reached a turning point at that moment on Oct. 9, 2004 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. What happened next proved to be the difference in North Carolina getting to the Continental Tire Bowl with a 6-5 regular season and N.C. State finishing 5-6 and missing a bowl for the first time in coach Chuck Amato's five-year tenure.
Heated rivalry gets even hotter
The Charlotte Observer

Carolina Basketball

There were times over the last three injury-riddled seasons, North Carolina senior Damion Grant said earlier this summer, when he thought about giving up his college basketball career. Wednesday, he finally did.
UNC's Grant hangs it up
The News and Observer

North Carolina already had to move on without its top seven scorers from last season's NCAA championship team. Now, the Tar Heels have to go without their biggest player.
Tar Heels lose Grant to injury for good
The Durham Herald-Sun

The injury-plagued basketball career of North Carolina center Damion Grant is over. A nagging right-ankle injury proved to be the deciding factor.
Grant quits basketball
The Greensboro News and Record

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