North Carolina has its first win of the season, but Coach John Bunting is concerned that the defense is not making adequate progress and has possibly slipped in its quality of play.
DEFENSELESS: Bunting upset with Heels'progress
The Winston Salem Journal
The Tar Heels (1-2) should get one boost in the secondary with the return of safety Kareen Taylor when they head to Clemson on Saturday for their first road game of the season. Taylor has been bothered by a sprained ankle, and he played just two snaps against the Paladins.
When Taylor returns to the starting lineup, that will send either senior D.J. Walker or sophomore Cooter Arnold back to the bench.
More changes also could be in store, Bunting said, with young defensive backs Jordan Hemby, Jermaine Strong, Kendric Burney and Bryan Dixon expected to get looks in practice this week.
UNC got win in spite of defense
The Durham Herald-Sun
For one game, a redshirt freshman provided the stability North Carolina has needed at quarterback all season.
Rookie QB grounds UNC
The Wilmington Star
North Carolina's defense -- which was supposed to move up from its No. 49 national ranking last season -- went the other way in its 45-42 victory Saturday by allowing Division I-AA Furman 30 first downs and 521 total yards.
UNC postgame clipboard
The News and Observer
Only a penalty by an opposing player kept Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers from setting a single-game career high for sacks Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.Peppers sacked Brad Johnson three times and Johnson avoided a fourth by throwing the ball as Peppers was flinging him to the ground, drawing an intentional grounding penalty.
It was the fifth time in Peppers' five NFL seasons that he's had three sacks in a game. He passed former linebacker Kevin Greene and moved into second place on the franchise's all-time sacks list.
Peppers puts on a show in Minnesota
The Charlotte Observer