Week 3 didn’t go well for former UNC QBs Ruder and Fortin

By R.L. Bynum Seasons that started with promise at new schools for former UNC quarterbacks Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin took bad turns in Week 3. Ruder was 6 of 13 with one touchdown, an interception and a sack in North Texas’ 40–6 home loss Saturday to UAB in the Mean Green’s CUSA opener and …

Tar Heels in NFL: Williams, Carter have impressive moments ahead of facing each other next week

By R.L. Bynum Rookie running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter each had their eye-catching moments Sunday, a week away from facing each other for the first time in the NFL. Williams ran for 64 yards on 13 carries, including a 16-yard rush, in his Denver Broncos’ 23–13 win at Jacksonville, with seven of those …

UNC stays at No. 21 in AP poll, falls in coaches poll

By R.L. Bynum It was the kind of talent and potential on display in North Carolina’s impressive 59–39 home victory Saturday night over Virginia that put the Tar Heels No. 10 in the preseason AP football poll. A pair of victories since the opening-game loss to again unranked Virginia Tech that plummeted UNC near the …

Running game helps kick UNC offense into high gear against Virginia

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — For one half, it looked like neither defense was going to do anything to slow the production of a pair of quarterbacks who could seemingly only be stopped by turnovers. In the second half, though, No. 21 North Carolina’s defense did a better job of neutralizing talented junior Virginia …

Tar Heels in NFL: Brown makes dazzling catch in Washington win; when UNC alums play this weekend

By R.L. Bynum Rookie wide receiver Dyami Brown showed a bit of the flash during Washington’s 30–29 victory Thursday night over the New York Giants that is very familiar to North Carolina fans. Brown leaped to catch a high throw from quarterback Taylor Heinicke for a 22-yard reception late in the first quarter. That was …