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Tar Heels News 9/22/16: UNC needs Mitch Trubisky and Andre Smith to be leaders

NCAA Football: James Madison at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Chapelboro | Avery Trendel: Despite all their talent, the Tar Heels still need to discover the leadership they have been missing since Marquise Williams left. Mitch Trubisky and Andrew Smith in particular need to improve their leadership skills on the field.

ESPN | C.L. Brown: Before UNC basketball can be considered truly back to their previous elite status, they need to make a statement on the recruiting trail. Locking up a top talent like Wendell Carter, Mohamed Bamba, or Kevin Knox would change perception about the program.

The Daily Tar Heel | John Bauman: Despite being given a very small amount of time to adjust to college life and the program’s playbook, first-year cornerback Patrice Rene has secured a spot on the secondary this year.

ESPN | Dave M. Hale: Mitch Trubisky discusses his struggles to begin the year, his recent breakout, and what’s to come against Pitt this weekend.