Kentwan Balmer hasn't forgotten the taunting he heard from Clemson players during North Carolina's 52-7 loss to the Tigers last year. "They said: 'You guys can't stop a middle-school team,' " said Balmer, a senior defensive tackle for the Tar Heels.
Heels defense must step up
The News and Observer
To hear Butch Davis tell it, Richie Rich is on top of the depth chart at running back for North Carolina because, well, somebody had to be.
Just days before the Tar Heels open their season at Kenan Stadium against James Madison (6 p.m. Saturday), the running back situation remains unclear. Davis plans to use the game to continue the competition among Rich, a sophomore; and freshmen Johnny White and Anthony Elzy.
Richie Rich leads Heels' depth chart
The Greensboro News and Record
Sophomore Richie Rich will get the first opportunity in a crowded tailback rotation for North Carolina in its 6 p.m. opener Saturday against James Madison at Kenan Stadium.
Davis gives Rich the nod at tailback
The Charlotte Observer
The Butch Davis era at North Carolina will begin on Saturday in front of what is expected to be a rare sellout crowd at Kenan Stadium.
Beyond that little is certain for the first UNC team that Davis will lead onto the field.
UNC's Davis not sure what to expect in Saturday's game
The Winston Salem Journal
As much as Brandon Tate tends to thrill North Carolina football fans with kickoff and punt returns, he was far from fulfilled with his role during his first two seasons.
Tate seeks rise in receiving rate
The Burlington Times-News
Two old buddies from Asheville High were just as curious as their family, friends and fans would they be in the starting lineup when college football's full schedule kicks off this weekend?
Who will start?
The Asheville Citizen-Times
The fervor surrounding tailback Emmanuel Moody's decision to transfer from Southern California to Florida - not North Carolina - offered insight into how football has increased in importance to a segment of UNC fans.
The buzz about Butch
The Wilmington Star-News
There's no telling what play North Carolina's football team will run Saturday on its first regular-season offensive snap under Butch Davis.
But there's a decent chance that no one from outside Marietta, Ga., will touch the ball.
Georgia well-represented in UNC's depth chart
The Durham Herald-Sun
Butch Davis isn't here by accident. Come on, you know it and I know it. North Carolina's last big bowl game was on New Year's Day, 1950. The Tar Heels lost to Rice by 14 points at the Cotton Bowl. North Carolina's last ACC football championship was in 1980. That was the team with Lawrence Taylor that finished 11-1, but the blemish was huge -- a 41-7 loss at Oklahoma on Nov. 1.
Davis knows why he's here
The Durham Herald Sun