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Quarterback T.J. Yates said it has eaten at North Carolina's football players, losing six games last season by seven or fewer points -- being so close to qualifying for a bowl, yet finishing 4-8. "But it has motivated us, too," said the sophomore, who returns to his starting slot after offseason shoulder surgery. "Knowing we were so close ... makes us realize how good we can be." That's just one of the reasons expectations are high in Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels open preseason practices today.
Heels begin practice with expectations
The News and Observer

Butch Davis doesn't look like he's leading a program whose last winning record came seven years ago. His North Carolina team is a popular pick to contend for an ACC division title. Fans have scooped up every season ticket. Plans for stadium expansion are inching forward. And Davis, after managing just four wins in his first season at UNC, already has secured a contract extension and a raise.
UNC's hopes rise
The Associated Press

Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers swatted down a pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme during Thursday's training camp practice, then talked about batting away the memory of 2007. In his first comments to the media since last year, Peppers said he feels better than ever and is optimistic about his move to right defensive end, where he played in high school and college. He played left end in his first six NFL seasons.
Peppers 'feels better'
The News and Observer

After his worst season as a pro football player, Julius Peppers enters the final year of his contract with the Carolina Panthers feeling stronger, fitter and more comfortable after his move to right defensive end.
Peppers ready to make it right
The Greensboro News-Record

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