Bernard helps Bucs win; when will other Tar Heels play during Week 1 of the NFL?

By R.L. Bynum Giovani Bernard was the first of the 14 Tar Heels on NFL active rosters to play on the season’s opening weekend when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Dallas Cowboys 31–29 on Thursday night. Bernard, in his first season with Tampa Bay after playing eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, has been …

Downs seizes the moment, unleashes his speed on sensational score

By R.L. Bynum When you are a receiver with Josh Downs’ speed, there are moments during a game when you realize you can turn a routine play into a game-changing moment. One of those moments came late in the third quarter Friday night at Virginia Tech, when Carolina quarterback Sam Howell threw a short pass …

UNC plummets in both national polls

By R.L. Bynum Mack Brown has been saying that his Tar Heels weren’t a top 10 team and, after a frustrating opening-game 17–10 loss Friday at Virginia Tech, it’s official. North Carolina dropped 14 slots from No. 10 to No. 24 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Tuesday. It’s a larger fall …

Ruder leads North Texas to victory, talks about his time at UNC; Fortin struggles in loss

By R.L. Bynum Former UNC quarterbacks Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin had dramatically different first games as sophomore starters for other schools. Ruder, who had been listed last week as the co-starter with sophomore Austin Aune, started as North Texas rolled to a home win Saturday night over Northwestern State 44–14. Fortin and South Florida …

Gimmel spoke up with senior leadership after UNC’s loss

By R.L. Bynum After an outcome like the one in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday night that nobody expected, Jeremiah Gimmel, one of Carolina’s senior leaders, spoke up and addressed a Lane Stadium locker room full of frustrated Tar Heels. The inside linebacker’s message after No. 10 UNC’s 17–10 opening-game loss to Virginia Tech was simple: …