It's nowhere near basketball season, but North Carolina is on the map again, threatening to become relevant in football for the first time in years. You can thank second-year coach Butch Davis for this.
Davis may have Tar Heels turned around
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
While there are some ACC teams that seem like decent possibilities to disappoint vis-a-vis expectations (Clemson, Boston College and to a lesser extent Miami are prime candidates), the one hidden gem that could turn out to be pretty darn good is North Carolina.
Making a case for Hakeem Nicks
The Washington Times
North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks admits he thinks about the NFL. About what it would be like to star on Sundays. About what it would feel like to take care of his family financially. About what it would mean to become the first Tar Heels football underclassman drafted since 2002.
Nicks grabs notice
The News and Observer
Deunta Williams was trying to keep a low profile on Sunday. The sophomore safety was North Carolina's defensive representative at the ACC's Football Kickoff at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.
Williams out front in UNC's underclassman leadership
The Durham Herald-Sun
DEUNTA WILLIAMS -- NORTH CAROLINA SAFETY
In case you didn't hear, Williams was the ACC's Defensive Rookie of the Year last season. He achieved that after just one year playing the position. Williams returns for 2008 with experience, more strength — he set a UNC record for safeties in the offseason with a 395-pound bench press — and he has a reputation for hitting like a freight train. Some observers are comparing Williams to the king of the snot-bubble hit, former UNC safety and Fayetteville native Bracey Walker.
Names you need to know heading into the ACC football season
The Fayetteville Observer
North Carolina receiver Brooks Foster looked primed for a breakout year in the early stages of last season.
The former Boiling Springs star caught two touchdown passes in the opener against James Madison and then grabbed seven passes for a career-high 139 yards against Virginia two weeks later.
But over UNC's final nine games, Foster totaled just 16 receptions and topped 35 yards receiving in a game only once. Now a senior, he's thought by most to be less of a desired target than teammates Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate
Williams says injuries have slowed Boiling Springs product Foster
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal
The ACC's annual football media kickoff event began Saturday night with the players from the league's Coastal and Atlantic divisions competing in a putting tournament at one of the golf practice areas on the Reynolds Plantation resort.
History favors Atlantic division
The News and Observer
North Carolina guard Bobby Frasor had just spent a few hours working on his injured knee when his phone rang. On the other end was a frantic Tar Heels assistant basketball coach.
Tar Heels are getting 'exposure'
The Jacksonville Daily News