With Virginia Tech next on the slate, North Carolina coach Butch Davis said the buzzword for this week would be "discipline." But with multitalented Tyrod Taylor running the Hokies' attack, there's a catchphrase going around the practice field, too: "Don't bite the cheese."
Heels focusing on Taylor
The News and Observer
One stretch of futility at North Carolina is over, but another runs deeper and longer.
UNC will begin its pursuit of the ACC title on Saturday when Virginia Tech visits Kenan Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. game. UNC last won the title in 1980 but this season's team is trying to end the drought, the longest time that the program has gone without an ACC title since the conference was founded in 1953.
The game against the defending ACC champion will be demanding, according to Kendric Burney, a sophomore cornerback.
UNC eyeing first ACC title since 1980
The Winston-Salem Journal
Butch Davis still walks the straight and narrow path to success, and North Carolina has a football team that will follow him.
That hasn't been the case here in recent seasons, about a decade's worth in fact, an eternity in college football. In the 10 seasons since Carolina bid farewell to Mack Brown and the big time, UNC has managed three winning seasons, fired two coaches (one twice), hired three (one who didn't come) and seen several rebuilding projects collapse on otherwise perfect Saturdays.
UNC's 1st football weekend in long time
The Greensboro News and Record
Hakeem Nicks stuck to the one-at-a-time mantra for as long as he could before admitting that, yes, on some level, North Carolina has been keeping an eye on this week's game for a while.
That's only natural - defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia Tech is up next for the up-and-coming Tar Heels.
Heels hope to keep momentumn going for ACC play
The Wilmington Star
North Carolina's football team finds itself in an unfamiliar position heading into Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against visiting Virginia Tech. After a 44-12 rout of host Rutgers on Thursday night, the Tar Heels have to find ways to deal with success.
Tar Heels have plenty to look forward to after 2-0 start
The Burlington Times-News
Biting the cheese. Maybe you did it at a party over the weekend. Or when you moseyed on over to the refrigerator while watching NFL games on Sunday. Or when you fired up the grill and made cheeseburgers Saturday night.
UNC defense tries to look through the deception vs. VT
The Durham Herald-Sun
Smithfield-Selma's Justin Dixon has size, speed and instincts going for him.
It's why Dixon, who has committed to North Carolina, is rated as one of the top inside linebackers in the nation among high school seniors by both major recruiting Web sites.
It's no surprise that the senior, at 6 feet 2 inches tall and 235 pounds, has scouts' attention.
He has clocked a 4.5-second 40-yard dash on grass.
‘I just like hitting people'
The Charlotte Observer n