Anxiety is starting to build at North Carolina. Everyone in the football program, starting with Coach Butch Davis, is eager to open the season on Saturday. "I've been anxious since training camp (started)," Quan Sturdivant, a junior linebacker, said. "All we've done since training camp is hit each other, so it's time for some fresh meat." UNC will begin its third season under Davis against The Citadel at 6 p.m. at Kenan Stadium.
Fired Up: Tar Heels say they're ready to get started
The Winston Salem Journal
With nine starters back, there isn't much room for new blood on North Carolina's defense.
Junior Da'Norris Searcy will step into departed senior Trimane Goddard's strong safety spot on Saturday in the football season-opener against The Citadel, and sophomore Zach Brown will fill the other opening at weakside linebacker, according to the depth chart released Monday by UNC.
UNC sets depth chart
The News and Observer
The North Carolina football team returns nine starters on defense this season, putting it in position to be one of the best in the ACC.
But as the Tar Heels kicked off their first official game week of the season Monday, it was clear the players believe they'll need more than talent and depth to be one of the top defenses in the conference.
UNC defense strives for consistency
The Durham Herald-Sun
There aren't many familiar faces around – or in front of – T.J. Yates these days.
Three starters are gone from the offensive line at No. 21 North Carolina, and so are last year's top three receivers. But with Yates back for a third season in charge of the Tar Heels' offense, coach Butch Davis is asking the quarterback to find ways to involve even more of his teammates.
Yates takes control of Tar Heels' offense
The Associated Press
No matter which brand of blue you prefer (and here's a secret -- when The Citadel orders its football uniforms from Nike, it orders "Carolina blue"), there will be lots of light blue on display at Kenan Stadium on Saturday night when the Bulldogs visit the No. 21 Tar Heels in the season opener for both teams.
But the 60,000 fans on hand and viewers on ESPN 360.com will have little trouble telling the teams apart -- the really big, really fast guys will be wearing Carolina blue.
Citadel blue over Tar Heels' size, speed
The Charleston Post and Courier