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2016 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

The 2016 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by fifth-year head coach Larry Fedora and played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Tar Heels competed as a member of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the Coastal Division. They were invited to the Sun Bowl where they lost to Stanford.

2016 North Carolina Tar Heels football
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
Sun Bowl, L 23–25 vs. Stanford
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
2016 record8–5 (5–3 ACC)
Head coachLarry Fedora (5th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorGunter Brewer (3rd as coordinator, 10th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinatorChris Kapolovic (3rd as coordinator, 5th overall season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorGene Chizik (2nd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumKenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 63,000)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$#   7 1         14 1  
No. 21 Louisville x   7 1         9 4  
No. 8 Florida State   5 3         10 3  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Boston College   2 6         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 16 Virginia Tech xy   6 2         10 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
No. 20 Miami   5 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         9 4  
Duke   1 7         4 8  
Virginia   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

RecruitingEdit

National Signing Day was on February 3, 2016 and was the first chance for high school seniors to officially declare which university or college they will be attending for their college career. North Carolina had 26 high school seniors sign a National Letter of Intent to play football with them. Of the class, 7 athletes enrolled early to UNC.[1]

^These signees will not be enrolling at UNC in 2016 due to not being admitted into the school.[2][3]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 35:30 p.m.vs. No. 18 Georgia*No. 22ESPNL 24–3375,405
September 107:30 p.m.at Illinois*BTNW 48–2360,670
September 173:30 p.m.No. 11 (FCS) James Madison*ACCRSNW 56–2856,000
September 243:30 p.m.Pittsburgh
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
ESPNUW 37–3654,500
October 13:30 p.m.at No. 12 Florida StateESPNW 37–3577,584
October 83:30 p.m.No. 25 Virginia TechNo. 17
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
ABC/ESPN2L 3–3433,000
October 153:30 p.m.at No. 16 Miami (FL)ABC/ESPN2W 20–1358,731
October 223:00 p.m.at VirginiaNo. 22ACCRSNW 35–1440,882
November 512:30 p.m.Georgia Tech No. 18
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
ACCNW 48–2058,000
November 107:30 p.m.at DukeNo. 15ESPNL 27–2839,212
November 193:30 p.m.No. 5 (FCS) The Citadel*
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
ACCN+W 41–741,000
November 2512:00 p.m.NC State
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC (rivalry)
ESPNL 21–2859,000
December 302:00 p.m.vs. No. 16 Stanford*CBSL 23–2542,166
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[4]

PersonnelEdit

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora enters his fifth year as the North Carolina's head coach for the 2016 season. At the end of the 2015 season, assistant head coach, Seth Littrell, was hired as the head coach at North Texas.[5] As a result, co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Chris Kapilovic, was promoted to offensive coordinator, and will retain his role as offensive line coach.[6] Former Tar Heel player, Chad Scott, was hired to replace Littrell as the tight ends/hybrids coach.[7]

2016 North Carolina Tar Heels football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 3 Ryan Switzer Sr
WR 7 Austin Proehl Jr
RB 8 T. J. Logan Sr
QB 10 Mitchell Trubisky Jr
WR 13 Mack Hollins Sr
RB 34 Elijah Hood Jr
WR 84 Bug Howard Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 6 M. J. Stewart Jr
DB 24 Zach Collins So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Gunter Brewer (OC/WR)
  • Gene Chizik (DC)
  • Keith Heckendorf (QB)
  • Lou Hernandez (Str+Cond)
  • Chris Kapilovic (OC/OL)
  • John Papuchis (LB)
  • Chad Scott (TE)
  • Tray Scott (DL)
  • Charlton Warren (DB)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

Game summariesEdit

vs. GeorgiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Tar Heels 0 10 14 0 24
#18 Bulldogs 7 7 9 10 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–16–2 1971 UGA, 7–3

at IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 17 7 7 17 48
Fighting Illini 14 2 0 7 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2015 UNC, 48–14

James MadisonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 (FCS) Dukes 21 0 7 0 28
Tar Heels 14 21 14 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2011 UNC, 42–10

PittsburghEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 5 14 14 3 36
Tar Heels 0 16 7 14 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 2015 UNC, 26–19

at Florida StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 7 14 7 9 37
#12 Seminoles 0 7 7 21 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–15–1 2010 UNC, 37–35

Virginia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Hokies 6 7 14 7 34
#17 Tar Heels 0 3 0 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–20–6 2015 UNC, 30–27 OT

at Miami (FL)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 10 10 0 0 20
#16 Hurricanes 0 3 7 3 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–9 2015 UNC, 59–21

at VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Tar Heels 7 7 14 7 35
Cavaliers 0 7 0 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
62–54–4 2015 UNC, 26–13

Georgia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 7 10 3 0 20
#18 Tar Heels 17 10 14 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–28–3 2015 UNC, 38–31

at DukeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Tar Heels 14 7 6 0 27
Blue Devils 0 21 7 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–37–4 2015 UNC, 66–31

The CitadelEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 (FCS) Bulldogs 0 0 0 7 7
Tar Heels 14 17 10 0 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2009 UNC, 40–6

NC StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 14 7 7 0 28
Tar Heels 0 7 0 14 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
66–33–6 2015 UNC, 45–34

Stanford–Sun BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Cardinal 7 6 3 9 25
Tar Heels 7 0 10 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 1998 STAN, 37–34

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 22 RV RV RV RV 17 RV 22 21 18 15 RV RV NR NR RV 
Coaches 20 RV RV RV 23 16 RV 21 20 17 13 24 25 RV RV NR 
CFP Not released 21 17 NR NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "North Carolina 2016 Football Commits". 247 Sports. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  2. ^ McAllister, Michael. "Syracuse Adds 2016 3-star Safety James Pierre". Scout.com. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Callahan, Don. "DT Signee Kyree Campbell Denied UNC Admission". Scout.com. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "2016 North Carolina Tar Heels Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "North Texas hires UNC off. coordinator Littrell as coach". USA Today. December 5, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  6. ^ Martin, Ross (February 3, 2016). "UNC promotes Coach Kap to offensive coordinator". 247Sports. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "UNC Announces New TE Coach Chad Scott". Scout.com. January 29, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.