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12/05/18 - (WR) - Anthony Ratliff-Williams, rJr, 6-0, 205
North Carolina receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams says he's skipping his final season to pursue an NFL career. The junior tweeted his decision Tuesday, saying he is declaring for next spring's draft after meeting with his family. Ratliff-Williams was the Tar Heels' top big-play threat with his versatility. He had 42 catches for a team-best 689 yards and two touchdowns this season. He also ran 11 times for 83 yards and one score. As a sophomore, Ratliff-Williams earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a return specialist and even threw for two TDs on trick plays. UNC hired former coach Mack Brown last week for a second stint as head coach of the Tar Heels. - AP College Football


11/18/18 - (QB) - Nathan Elliott, Jr, 6-0, 215
After being close so many times, North Carolina finally got a victory. Nathan Elliott passed for 308 yards and two touchdowns to help North Carolina beat Western Carolina 49-26 on Saturday. Javonte Williams rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns for the Tar Heels (2-8), who ended a six-game losing streak. "I'm excited for our players," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. "I really am. I'm excited that they're getting to enjoy tonight. I'm excited that there's some reward at the end of all their hard work." North Carolina amassed a season-high 654 yards in its first win since Sept. 22, when it defeated Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division champion Pittsburgh 38-35. The Tar Heels had lost three games by seven points or less since then, two of which they led in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. "Everyone has just kept fighting," Elliott said. "This locker room deserves that win." - AP College Football


11/05/18 - (OLB) - Cole Holcomb, rSr, 6-1, 235
NOV 5 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Cole Holcomb, North Carolina, Sr., LB, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.,...Holcomb registered a career-high 22 tackles in Saturday's 38-28 loss to Georgia Tech ... Holcomb, who was the first Tar Heel since 2007 to top the 20-tackle mark, also forced three fumbles on the day, two of which were recovered by UNC. - ACC Football


11/05/18 - (OLB) - Cole Holcomb, rSr, 6-1, 235
North Carolina linebacker Cole Holcomb's 22 tackles against Georgia Tech were the most by a Tar Heel player since 2007. That raised Holcomb's season total to 81, 33 more than Carolina's No. 2 tackler. Also, Holcomb forced a national season-high three fumbles against Tech, the first forced fumbles in his 33 career games. - AP College Football


10/22/18 - (RB) - Antonio Williams, Jr, 5-10, 210
OCT 22 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Antonio Williams, North Carolina, Jr., TB, New London, N.C.,...Williams rushed 15 times for a career-high 116 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 40-37 double-overtime loss at Syracuse ... Williams had a season-long rush of 56 yards and finished the day with 7.7 yards per carry ... Also caught a career-high six passes for 38 yards. - ACC Football


10/22/18 - (WR) - Dazz Newsome, So, 5-10, 185
OCT 22 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Dazz Newsome, North Carolina, So., PR, Hampton, Va.,...Newsome returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's 40-37 double-overtime loss at Syracuse ... The scoring play was the first punt return TD for a Tar Heel since Ryan Switzer in 2015 ... Newsome also had a career day at receiver, catching seven balls for 90 yards and a touchdown ... The two touchdowns on Saturday were the first of his career. - ACC Football


10/15/18 - (RB) - Michael Carter, So, 5-09, 195
OCT 15 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Michael Carter, North Carolina, So., TB, Navarre, Fla.,...Carter rushed 18 times for a career-high 165 yards in Saturday night's 22-19 loss to visiting Virginia Tech ... Carter, who averaged 9.2 yards per carry, also caught two passes for 19 yards. - ACC Football


09/24/18 - (OT) - William Sweet, rJr, 6-6, 300
SEPT 24 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: William Sweet, North Carolina, Jr., OT, Jacksonville, Fla.,...Sweet graded out at 91 percent and had a team-high 10 knockdown blocks to lead North Carolina to a 38-35 win over Pitt in the Tar Heels' ACC opener...Did not allow a pressure or a sack on the day, helping pave the way for the UNC offense to rush for 173 yards and three scores and gain a season-high 486 yards. - ACC Football


09/05/18 - (DE) - Malik Carney, rSr, 6-3, 250
DE Malik Carney will serve the first of his four-game suspension this week after leading North Carolina in tackles with eight (two sacks) against Cal. In addition to East Carolina, he also will miss games against UCF, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech. "He's a leader," coach Larry Fedora said. "He's going to have to lead off the field."


09/04/18 - (DE) - Malik Carney, rSr, 6-3, 250
DE Malik Carney will serve the first of his four-game suspension this week after leading North Carolina in tackles with eight (two sacks) against Cal. In addition to East Carolina, he also will miss games against UCF, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech. "He's a leader," coach Larry Fedora said. "He's going to have to lead off the field."


09/04/18 - (WR) - Anthony Ratliff-Williams, rJr, 6-0, 205
WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams is expected to be a big-play guy for the Heels, but he had only three catches for 62 yards against Cal. He did have a touchdown reception, but it came with just over a minute left in the game. He could be a difference-maker against East Carolina.


08/06/18 - (QB) - Chazz Surratt, rSo, 6-2, 215
QB Chazz Surratt, who started seven games for North Carolina, is one of 13 North Carolina players who will be suspended for at least one game for their involvement in selling team-issued shoes. Surratt will be suspended four games.


07/27/18 - (RB) - Antonio Williams, Jr, 5-10, 210
RB Antonio Williams, a transfer from Ohio State, will be eligible to play for North Carolina this season, Inside Carolina reported. The news organization said sources confirmed that the NCAA made the ruling after Williams submitted a waiver to the organization. Williams, who has two years of eligibility remaining, later tweeted out the news, saying: "Your boy is cleared to play....let's work." The 5-11, 210-pund Williams originally committed to the Tar Heels in 2016 while at North Stanley High School right down the road in New London, N.C., but changed his mind and signed with Ohio State.


04/23/18 - (RB) - Antonio Williams, Jr, 5-10, 210
RB Antonio Williams announced on his Twitter account that he will transfer from Ohio State to North Carolina. "Though being at Ohio State provided me with the right path to reach those goals, the timing for me to be at OSU wasn't the most ideal," Williams said in a statement on Twitter. "With that being said, following the end of this semester, I will be transferring to the University of North Carolina." The move will put Williams closer to his home in New London, N.C. Williams played in 12 games for the Buckeyes last season, and he rushed for 290 yards and three touchdowns on 57 carries.


02/27/18 - (ILB) - *Andre Smith, Jr, 6-0, 237
2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Andre Smith, LB, North Carolina...After a productive sophomore season, Smith suffered a serious left knee injury in the second game of the 2017 season, ending his season. Despite the injury, he left school early so he must feel confident about the injury. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


01/18/18 - (OT) - R.J. Prince, rSr, 6-5, 311
Investigators are looking into whether an NFL agent violated North Carolina's sports agents law by contacting a Tar Heels football player despite not being registered with the state. According to a search warrant, the Secretary of State's office sought Facebook records for Tennessee-based agent Brandon Smart. The document states Smart contacted UNC senior offensive lineman R.J. Prince to schedule a time to discuss "the NFL draft process" through an online message last year. The document also states Prince notified UNC officials, who informed the Secretary of State's office on Nov. 15. The office began an investigation on Dec. 6, with the search warrant referencing two other attempts by Smart to directly contact UNC athletes in 2015 and 2017. Smart didn't immediately return a call or email Wednesday from The Associated Press.

"We think UNC handled this matter properly and we appreciate the contact they gave us," Secretary of State's office spokesman George Jeter told the AP. "We are obviously looking into this matter." The North Carolina Secretary of State's office began investigating whether sports agents were violating the state's Uniform Athlete Agents Act in summer 2010 amid an NCAA investigation into the Tar Heels football program. The case led to a former agent pleading guilty in April for providing thousands of dollars in improper benefits to three former UNC players to entice them into signing contracts with him. - AP College Football

12/31/17 - (ILB) - *Andre Smith, Jr, 6-0, 237
North Carolina junior linebacker Andre Smith is entering the NFL draft. The school announced Smith's decision on Sunday. The Jacksonville, Florida, native made 14 starts at middle linebacker before suffering a season-ending injury in September against Louisville. Smith ranked seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 8.7 tackles per game in 2016. He had 21 tackles in two games this season and also had a 73-yard interception return against California in the opener. In a statement, coach Larry Fedora said the team will miss Smith's leadership. Smith tweeted a statement saying going to UNC was "the best decision I've made in my life." - AP College Football


12/21/17 - (SS) - Allen Artis, rSr, 6-1, 220
The NCAA has granted additional eligibility for a North Carolina player who missed most of the 2016 season amid charges of sexual battery and assault on a female student. Those misdemeanor charges were dismissed and attorney Kerry Sutton told The Associated Press on Thursday that the NCAA granted an appeal this week allowing Allen Artis to play the 2018 season. The senior reserve safety must sit two games because he played in two games in 2016 before being indefinitely suspended following his arrest on the charges brought by the student. Artis had said they had consensual sex during in February 2016 and denied wrongdoing . Charges were dismissed in June and UNC reinstated Artis to the team about a week later. NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn confirmed the decision to the AP but declined further comment.

"We asked the Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee to restore Allen Artis' 2016 season of competition, and the committee has done so," UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement to the AP. Sutton said Artis - who had 11 tackles in 12 games last year - graduated last weekend in Chapel Hill and has been accepted into UNC's Master of Accounting program. "UNC made the decision to suspend Allen based on the information they had at the time," Sutton said in a statement. "Unfortunately, and as we now know, some of the information they based their decision on was untrue." According to an arrest warrant, Artis had sex with the student against her will when he should have known she was "mentally incapacitated and physically helpless." - AP College Football

12/12/17 - (WR) - Anthony Ratliff-Williams, rJr, 6-0, 205
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): SP Anthony Ratliff-Williams, So., North Carolina, 58 Votes,...Ratliff-Williams emerged as one of the nation's top return men in his second season on the field for the Tar Heels. His kickoff return touchdowns against Louisville and Pitt tied a school single-season record and matched the combined total of kickoff return touchdowns for the rest of the ACC. His 895 kickoff return yards currently lead the country and rank fourth in UNC history. - North Carolina Football


12/12/17 - (CB) - M.J. Stewart, Sr, 5-11, 200
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): CB M.J. Stewart, Sr., North Carolina, 30 Votes,...Stewart etched his name in the Carolina defensive record books with 12 pass breakups in his senior campaign, giving him 41 for his career. That number is a new UNC record for pass breakups, surpassing Robert Williams' mark of 40 set from 1995-97. The Arlington, Virginia, native also had 45 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks on the year. - North Carolina Football


12/12/17 - (P) - Tom Sheldon, Jr, 6-2, 205
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): P Tom Sheldon, So., North Carolina, 30 Votes,...Sheldon was on his way to having one of the finest punting seasons in school history before injuries cost him four of the final six games of the year. The sophomore from Australia had a 45.8-yard average across 45 punts, a mark that would have led the league if he'd had enough punts to qualify. Sheldon just missed the school record for single-game punting on two occasions, averaging 53.5 yards per punt against Louisville and 53.0 against Notre Dame. The UNC mark of 54.4 yards per punt was set by Bud Wallace in 1950. - North Carolina Football


12/12/17 - (WR) - Anthony Ratliff-Williams, rJr, 6-0, 205
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): AP Anthony Ratliff-Williams, So., North Carolina, 46 Votes,...Ratliff-Williams was dynamic on offense as well, leading Carolina in receptions (35), receiving yards (630) and receiving touchdowns (6). Overall, he ended the regular season ranked third in the league in all-purpose yards per game at 127.2 per contest. Ratliff-Williams also proved to be a dangerous passer, completing 3 of 4 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, he was responsible for 10 touchdowns (six receiving, two passing, two return). - North Carolina Football


11/18/17 - (QB) - Nathan Elliott, Jr, 6-0, 215
Quarterback Nathan Elliott, in his first home start, threw four touchdown passes as North Carolina trounced Western Carolina 65-10 in Saturday's nonconference game at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina scored three touchdowns in less than a three-minute span early in the second quarter to take control on the way to a 42-7 halftime lead. The outcome gave North Carolina (3-8) a two-game winning streak going into next week's finale at rival North Carolina State. The result also snapped the Tar Heels' seven-game home-field losing streak that dated to last November.

Elliott finished 18-for-28 for 240 yards, completing 10 consecutive passes in the first half. He threw two touchdown strikes to Josh Cabrera. He did not play in the fourth quarter. Tar Heels running backs Michael Carter (103 yards on 16 carries) and Jordon Brown (69 yards on 11 attempts) had big games. Carter had a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Former starting quarterback Chazz Surratt threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Beau Corrales in the fourth quarter. He later ran for a 59-yard touchdown, marking the Tar Heels' longest play from scrimmage of the season. Western Carolina scored first on Tyrie Adams' 1-yard pass to Connell Young on its second possession. North Carolina answered on a nine-play drive with Anthony Ratliff-Williams scoring on a 15-yard pass from Elliott. - The Sports Xchange

11/13/17 - (WR) - Anthony Ratliff-Williams, rJr, 6-0, 205
NOV 13 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina, So., WR, 6-1, 205, Matthews, N.C.,...Ratliff-Williams was named the ACC Specialist of the Week for the second time this season following his role in last Thursday night's 34-31 win at Pitt. Ratliff-Williams became just the fourth player in school history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a single season with a 98-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff. Ratliff-Williams, who also threw for a score and caught a touchdown pass in the game, now has as many kickoff return touchdowns on the year as the rest of the ACC combined. - ACC Football


11/10/17 - (WR) - Anthony Ratliff-Williams, rJr, 6-0, 205
North Carolina wide receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, threw a touchdown pass and caught the game-winning score as the Tar Heels finally earned their first conference victory of the season, beating host Pittsburgh 34-31 on Thursday. Tar Heels quarterback Nate Elliott found Ratliff-Williams on a 3-yard touchdown with 6:18 to go to put the Tar Heels back in front. Ratliff-Williams caught five passes for 75 yards, and Elliott was 20 of 31 for 235 yards and two touchdowns. The Tar Heels (2-8, 1-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a six-game losing streak. They overcame four touchdowns by Pittsburgh running back Darrin Hall.

Hall gained 121 yards on 23 carries as the Panthers (4-6, 2-4) piled up 267 yards on the ground. After struggling for most of the second and third quarters, the North Carolina defense stiffened in the fourth quarter. Malik Carney sacked Pitt quarterback Ben DiNucci, putting the Panthers in a second-and-19 hole. After back-to-back incompletions, the Panthers were forced to punt with 2:54 remaining. Tar Heels running back Jordon Brown picked up 22 yards on second-and-18 to seal the win. DiNucci completed 11 of 17 passes for 142 yards. - The Sports Xchange

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