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*Robert Quinn heading into Jr season: 2010: Did not play...Suspended for 2010 season by the NCAA...2009: First-Team All-ACC and second-highest vote getter on the defensive side of the ball ... Finished second in the ACC Defensive Player of the Year vote ... Second-team All-America by CBSsports.com ... Ranked first in the ACC and 15th in the country in tackles for losses with 19.0 and was second in the league and 16th in the nation in sacks with 11.0 ... Ranked second in the ACC and fourth in the country with six forced fumbles ... Has been the starter at defensive end since the second game of 2008 ... Finished the season with 52 tackles and three pass breakups ...2008: Named the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award winner as the league's most courageous player ... Finished third in the voting for the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors ... Became the starter in the second game of the season at Rutgers after Darrius Massenburg went down with a knee injury ... Started 12 games and collected 34 tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses, two sacks and forced two fumbles.
Quinton Coples heading into Sr season: While locker room dissension was the popular explanation as to why the Jets cratered last season, the continued aging of a once-potent defense was at least partially to blame for the fall to .500. The Jets made some immediate upgrades in head coach Rex Ryan's area of expertise by spending three of their first four picks on defensive players in the draft. The Jets, who recorded just 35 sacks last year while allowing 363 points, addressed their pass rush by selecting defensive end Quinton Coples in the first round (16th overall) and outside linebacker Demario Davis in the third round. The Jets also added valuable depth to a thin and injury-prone secondary by picking safety Josh Bush in the sixth round. BEST PICK: Defensive end Quinton Coples: Comes with his share of detractors after a relatively quiet senior season, but the instant connection between Rex Ryan and Coples at the latter's Pro Day bodes well for Ryan's ability to get the most out of Coples, who had 17.5 sacks in his last two years at North Carolina. The Jets badly need a legitimate pass rusher and Coples could become the first Jets player to record double-digit sacks since John Abraham since 2005. - The Sports Xchange
*Eric Ebron heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 1/10 - Eric Ebron, TE, 6-4, 250, North Carolina...New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is incorporating some concepts of the New Orleans offense into the Lions' attack, and one of those is the use of a big-bodied, athletic pass catching tight end to attack the middle and down the seams - ala Jimmy Graham. The Lions feel like they drafted that player in Ebron. The Lions feel he's fast enough (4.6 40) to beat linebackers and strong safeties and big enough to outmuscle cornerbacks. - The Sports Xchange
Da'Norris Searcy heading into Sr season: 2010: Searcy returned to the team after sitting out the first three games due to the NCAA investigation. Searcy made an immediate impact with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown in his first game vs. East Carolina on Oct. 2. He has a team-best four interceptions this season, including three in his first four games back on the field. He also posted 37 tackles and broke up four passes. Searcy served as the team's top punt and kickoff return man over the last two seasons. He scored on a 77-yard punt return vs. The Citadel in 2009 and had a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown this season vs. ECU...2009: Started all 13 games at strong safety ... Finished the season with 35 tackles and had one interception and three pass breakups ... Also served as Carolina’s starting punt returner ... Ranked second in the ACC and fifth in the country in punt returns, averaging 14.6 yards…2008: Played primarily on special teams and as a reserve safety, but started the Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. West Virginia and had a career-high 10 tackles and two sacks ... Played in all 13 games ... Finished the season with 25 tackles, two sacks and three pass breakups …2007: Played in all 12 games primarily on special teams ... Also saw action in eight games as a reserve safety ... Finished the season with nine tackles, including four solo stops and five assists.
Jonathan Cooper heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 1/7 - Jonathan Cooper, 6-2, 311, G, North Carolina...The Cardinals ranked him as the top guard in the draft. They love his athleticism, comparing him to former Steelers great Alan Faneca. Cooper is athletic enough not only to pull but also to hit someone when he does. He can change directions to block defenders. He's smart and he started 47 games in four seasons. The Cardinals haven't decided which side he will play. - The Sports Xchange
Quan Sturdivant heading into Sr season: 2010: Despite missing five games with a hamstring injury, Sturdivant finished third on the team with 61 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for losses. On his final collegiate play, he intercepted a Tennessee pass in the second overtime of Carolina's 30-27 Music City Bowl victory...2009: Became the first Tar Heel linebacker named first-team all-conference since Kivuusama Mays in 1997 ... Named one of 16 semifinalists for the Butkus Award ... Started all 13 games in his third season as a starting linebacker ... Moved from outside linebacker to middle linebacker at the beginning of the season, but played outside linebacker in the last seven games ... Led the team with 79 tackles and was second with 12.0 tackles for losses...2008: Started all 13 games at outside linebacker ... Led the nation with 87 unassisted tackles ... Led the team with 122 tackles ... Ranked third in the ACC and 20th in the country with 9.4 tackles per game…2007: Played in all 12 games as a true freshman and started five at linebacker ... Finished the season with 47 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, one sack, one interception and blocked one punt.
Bruce Carter heading into Sr season: 2010: Carter had ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee in early December...was named one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the nation’s top linebacker. This season he posted 57 tackles, blocked a punt and picked off a pass. Carter has blocked seven kicks in his career, including six punts and a field goal. 2009: Started all 13 games at outside linebacker and earned second-team All-ACC honors ... Has started 33 career games ... Finished the season ranked third on the team with 65 tackles and had 7.5 tackles for losses, two sacks, one interception return for a touchdown, two pass breakups and four quarterback pressures …2008: Started all 13 games at outside linebacker in 2008 ... Ranked fourth on the team with 68 tackles and led the team with 11 tackles for losses ... Also had five sacks and one interception ... Led the nation with five blocked kicks - a punt at Miami, three punts vs. Connecticut and a field goal attempt at Virginia …2007: Played in all 12 games and started seven ... Played his best football down the stretch with 18 of his 25 tackles coming in the final five games.
*Giovani Bernard heading into rSo season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 2/37 - Giovani Bernard, RB, 5-9, 206, North Carolina...The first running back off the board and definitely the change-of-pace back that the Bengals are looking for. He's not an every-down back but he is a complementary back and has great speed on the edge. Also could factor into the return game as he returned punts at North Carolina. - The Sports Xchange
Sylvester Williams heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 1/28 -- Sylvester Wiliams, DT, 6-3, 313, North Carolina...The Broncos were surprised that Williams fell to them, but when he did, they declined trade offers and pounced. He continues John Elway's trend of leading off with a pass rusher; he opened the 2011 draft with Von Miller, who lines up at defensive end half the time, and picked defensive tackle/end Derek Wolfe with his first pick last year. Williams, who had six sacks and 25 pressures last year, will likely back up Terrance Knighton and Kevin Vickerson right away, but could be worked into the Broncos' sub packages to boost the interior pass rush and take pressure off Miller. - The Sports Xchange
*Richard Quinn heading into Sr season: 2008: Super Sleeper Team selection by The NFL Draft Report…All-American honorable mention by Scout.com…Started all but the Virginia Tech game at tight end…Gained 97 yards on eight receptions (12.1 avg), including one touchdown…Recovered an onside kick for a 2-yard loss and made one solo tackle…Graded 85.46% for blocking consistency, as he delivered 78 knockdowns, eleven touchdown-resulting blocks and ten blocks down field...Quinn started 19-of-34 games at North Carolina, catching twelve passes for 124 yards (10.3 avg) and two touchdowns…Gained 37 yards on four kickoff returns (9.3 avg) and recorded two solo tackles…Registered 139 knockdowns, 18 touchdown-resulting blocks and 18 down field blocks, grading 85.08% for blocking consistency...2007: Started eight games at tight end and had four catches for 27 yards and a TD...2005: Played in nine games on special teams and as a reserve tight end.
Marvin Austin heading into Sr season: 2010: Did not play...Suspended for 2010 season by the NCAA...2009: Second-team All-ACC selection ... Played in all 13 games and made 11 starts ... Played at a high level all season and finished with 42 tackles, 6.0 tackles for losses, four sacks, three pass breakups, six quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery …2008: Played in all 13 games and started 11, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Tied with E.J. Wilson for the most tackles by a Carolina defensive lineman with 38 ... Also had 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and one blocked kick…2007: Played extremely well for a true freshman on the defensive line, making three starts and playing in all 12 games ... Finished the season with 26 tackles, 6.0 tackles for losses and 4.0 sacks.
Deunta Williams heading into rSr season: 2010: Williams returned vs. Clemson after sitting out the first four games from suspension. Williams, a preseason All- ACC pick, has started a team-high 46 games and ranks third at UNC with 12 career interceptions. Despite playing in just eight games, he ranks sixth on the team with 47 tackles...2009: Earned first-team All-ACC honors after finishing the season with 47 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, six interceptions for 114 yards and eight pass breakups ... Also had a 6-yard fumble recovery ... In his third year as a starter and has started every game in his career, 38 consecutive ... Ranked second in the ACC and 11th in the country with six interceptions …2008: Started all 13 games and ranked fifth on the team with 65 tackles, including 55 solo stops ... Also had three interceptions, three pass breakups and one forced fumble …2007: Switched from wide receiver to safety in the fall, prior to the start of the season ... Started all 12 games and ranked fifth on the team with 59 tackles ... Led the team with three interceptions for 84 yards and broke up two passes.
Zach Brown heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 2/52 - Zach Brown, LB, 6-1, 242, North Carolina...This fills a need for a speedy weak-side linebacker, who should compete right away for a starting job. A solid pick, but a bit of a surprise, given that Tennessee bypassed center Peter Konz, who had a first-round grade. - The Sports Xchange
Kareem Martin heading into Sr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: ARIZONA CARDINALS: Round 3/84 -- Kareem Martin, DE/OLB, 6-6, 272, North Carolina...The Cardinals targeted a need: a young pass rusher. Martin could play in passing situations and on special teams right away. He could develop into end Darnell Dockett's eventual replacement. The Cardinals wanted to get taller and more athletic at defensive end, and they did with Martin. - The Sports Xchange
*Hakeem Nicks heading into Jr season: 2008: All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report and Rivals.com...Earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors from the league's coaches, media and Associated Press...Started all 13 games at split end, leading the team for the third consecutive year, as he caught 68 of 105 passes targeted to him (64.76 percent), setting the school single-season record with 1,222 yards (18.0 avg) and 12 touchdowns...Ranked second in the league with an average of 5.23 catches per game and led the ACC with an average of 94.0 yards receiving...49 of-68 catches produced first downs (72.06 percent), as he converted 19 of 25 third-down tosses (76.0 percent) and all three fourth-down passes targeted to him...45 of his receptions (66.18 percent) were good for at least 10 yards, with 23 of those grabs gaining 20 or more yards (29.41 percent)...Had key receptions that set up 19 touchdown drives and five other series that ended with field goals...Registered 43 yards with a score on seven carries (6.1 avg), adding 134 yards on seven kickoff returns (19.1 avg)...Recorded a pair of solo tackles by taking down defenders after UNC interceptions in the Virginia Tech clash...Also scored 78 points...Finished seventh in the conference with an average of 106.92 all-purpose yards per game...Nicks started all 36 games he played in for the Tar Heels...His 181 receptions topped the old school career record of 177 grabs by Jarwarski Pollock (2001-05) and rank 13th in Atlantic Coast Conference annals...His 2,840 yards receiving broke the previous Tar Heels all-time record of 2,447 yards by Corey Holliday (1989-93) and placed Nicks 11th on the ACC career record chart...His 21 touchdown receptions bettered the old school all-time record of 19 by Octavus Barnes (1994-97)...2007: Second-Team All-ACC by The Associated Press...Set a single-season school record with 74 catches for 958 yards and five touchdowns ... The 958 yards are the third most in school history ... Finished second in the ACC with 79.8 receiving yards per game and third with 6.17 catches per contest ... Caught at least eight passes in four of the last eight games...2006: Led the team and set Carolina single-season records for receptions (39) and receiving yards (660) by a freshman ... Ranked third in the ACC in receiving yards per game (60.0) and eighth in receptions per game (3.6).
Tre Boston heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 4/128 -- Tre Boston, SS, 6-0, 204, North Carolina...Boston struggled at times with the Tar Heels, but the Panthers are confident their staff can help him improve. With former starting safety Charles Godfrey moving to cornerback, Boston could be in line for a healthy number of snaps as a rookie. - The Sports Xchange
Cam Thomas heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 19 Sol-34 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 QBH; Massive defensive tackle who posted his best game of the season in the 28-7 win over No. 22 Georgia Tech with a career-best six tackles, including one sack for five yards. 2007: 7 GP; 3 GS; 4 Sol-8 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Battled a severely sprained ankle throughout the season which caused him to miss five games. 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 9 Sol-18 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1.5 SK; Played in all 12 games as part of the rotation at defensive tackle. 2005: Redshirted.
Brennan Williams heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/89 - Brennan Williams, T, 6-6, 318, North Carolina...The son of 11-year veteran Brent Williams will compete for a starting job on the right side with incumbent Derek Newton, who's coming off major knee surgery. Williams has quick feet, a nasty streak and wants to "crack heads." - The Sports Xchange
*Russell Bodine heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 4/11 - Russell Bodine, C, 6-3, 310, North Carolina...Bodine is a powerful man who can handle being the big center in the AFC North. The Bengals thought enough of him to trade up for only the third time in franchise history. - The Sports Xchange
T.J. Yates heading into rSr season: 2010: Yates established 37 school records at North Carolina, including career passing yards, single-season passing yards and single-season total offense. Yates led the Tar Heels to an 8-5 mark in 2010, including a 30-27 double-overtime win over Tennessee in the Music City Bowl...Yates started 44 career games at UNC and was a 2010 honorable-mention All-ACC selection. As a senior, he completed 282 of 422 attempts (66.8 pct.) for 3,418 yards and 19 touchdowns, and was second in the ACC in pass efficiency and yards per game. He became the first Tar Heel in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season...2009: Third year as the Tar Heels’ starting quarterback ... Ranks among Carolina’s career top two in passing yards (5,959), touchdowns (39), completions (513), attempts (855) and completion percentage (60.0) ... Finished the season with 2,136 yards and 14 touchdowns on 214-for-355 passing ... The 2,136 yards ranks eighth all-time on UNC’s single-season list …2008: Played in seven games and started six ... Suffered a non-displaced fracture to his left ankle against Virginia Tech and missed the next five games ... Returned to the starting line-up against NC State and started the final regular season game at Duke and the bowl game vs. West Virginia ... Passed for 1,168 yards and 11 touchdowns to just four interceptions on the season ... Completed 60 percent (81-135) of his passes …2007: Passed for a UNC single-season record 2,655 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Completed 218 of 365 passes for a 59.7 completion percentage ... Finished third in the ACC with 221.2 passing yards per game and eighth with a 123.62 efficiency rating ... Ranks fourth all-time among ACC rookie quarterbacks in passing yardage ... Also rushed for two scores.
Travis Bond heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: 7/214 - Travis Bond, G, 6-6, 329, North Carolina...Built like a tackle but could be groomed as a swing player between guard and right tackle. Known to play a little too high with slower hands. He'll need a lot of work with line coach Jeff Davidson to give the team any quality at backup guard or tackle. - The Sports Xchange
Greg Little heading into Sr season: 2010: Did not play...Suspended for 2010 season by the NCAA...2009: Versatile performer who started all 13 games at wide receiver ... Posted a team-high 62 catches for 724 yards and five touchdowns on the season ... His 62 catches are the fifth-highest single-season mark in school history ... Also rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries …2008: Shifted back to wide receiver prior to the Virginia game following Brandon Tate's knee injury ... Rushed for 339 yards and three touchdowns on 78 carries ... Had 11 catches for 146 yards ... Totaled 485 yards from scrimmage on the season …2007: Versatile rookie played in all 12 games ... Ran for 300 yards and two scores on 59 carries and had 13 catches for 99 yards and a receiving TD ... Averaged 5.1 yards per game, a team-best for tailbacks ... Moved from receiver to tailback for the final two games and rushed for 247 yards ... Also averaged 13.2 yards on 11 kickoff returns.
Ryan Houston heading into rSr season: 2010: Cleared in the NCAA/UNC investigation after five games, but elected to redshirt to have a full year of eligibility remaining. 2009: Started the final four games of the season, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Pitt, after Shaun Draughn was lost for the season to a shoulder injury … Rushed for 713 yards and nine touchdowns on 191 carries on the season … Also caught 11 passes for 82 yards. 2008: Played in all 13 games … Carried 77 times for 299 yards and a team-best eight rushing touchdowns … Averaged 3.9 yards per carry … Ran for a career-best 74 yards on just 13 carries and posted first career multi-TD game in the victory over No. 20 Georgia Tech; named one of the Tar Heels' offensive players of the week for his performance against the Jackets. 2007: Saw action in seven games … Finished fourth on team with 145 rushing yards on 44 carries … Saw first career action at USF and rushed for a team-best 43 yards on 11 carries in the second half; scored first career TD against the Bulls on a 5-yard run.
Matt Merletti heading into rSr season: 2010: Played in all 13 games and started five, including the first four of the season and the final game of the year at Duke ... Had 37 tackles, one tackle for loss, four pass break¬ups and two interceptions ... Returned kickoffs in the final three games of the season and finished with five returns for 91 yards ... Had perhaps his best game of the season with six tackles and an interception in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 17-13 win at Rutgers. 2009: Missed all of the 2009 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during preseason practice and received a medical redshirt. 2008: Special teams captain and reserve defensive back … Finished the season with 11 tackles and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown vs. Connecticut … Recovered a fumble on a punt in the 28-7 win over No. 22 Georgia Tech and Carolina scored on the next possession. 2007: Played in 10 games, primarily on special teams … Had four tackles, including stops against East Carolina, Miami, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. Personal: Son of Patricia and Lew Merletti, the Browns chief administrative officer … Was a ball boy for the Browns when Butch Davis was Cleveland's head coach.
Zach Pianalto heading into Sr season: 2010: Pianalto was having an outstanding season before fracturing his right fibula at Virginia. He had surgery to repair his fibula on Friday, Oct. 22, and will missed the remainder of the regular season. Pianalto was leading the team with 30 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown at the time of the injury. At the time of his injury, he ranked second nationally among tight ends in receptions behind Missouri’s Michael Egnew. Pianalto owns the UNC career record for receptions by a tight end with 95. The previous mark of 78 was held by Arnold Franklin, 1982-85...2009: Honorable mention All-ACC selection at tight end ... Posted a career-high 33 receptions for a career-best 334 yards and a touchdown on the season ... Set the school record for catches by a tight end with 33, eclipsing the previous mark of 32 set by Freddie Jones in 1996 ... Had two catchesfor 26 yards vs. Pitt in the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Suffered a subtalar dislocation of his right foot at Connecticut and missed five straight games …2008: Played in seven games and made two starts ... Had seven catches for 69 yards and a touchdown on the season ... Suffered a fractured left fibula in the win over No. 20 Georgia Tech and missed the final four games of the year …2007: Started eight games at h-back/tight end ... Finished fourth on the team with 24 catches for 204 yards on the season.
Trimane Goddard heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; 41 Sol-59 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 INT, 5 PBU, 3 FF; Stared all 12 games at safety... 2006: Fractured his foot after the 2005 season and re-fractured the same foot in 2006 fall camp in a non-contact exercise...Redshirted in 2006...2005: 11 GP; 6 GS; 36 Sol-53 TT, 2.5 TFL, 3 INT, 4 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR; Played in all 11 games and started the last six at strong safety... Posted 53 tackles, 2.5 tackles for losses...Had a team-best three interceptions, broke up five passes and recovered a fumble...2004: 11 GP; 0 GS; KR: 9-175-19.4-0; 8 Sol-16 TT; True freshman who played in every game as a backup cornerback and on special teams...One of 13 true freshmen to see action...Had nine kickoff returns for 175 yards, an average of 19.4 and a long of 46 yards...Had 16 tackles, including eight primary stops and eight assists.
Johnny White heading into rSr season: 2010: White returned to tailback this season after two years as a cornerback and wide receiver. He had his best season with 720 rushing yards on 130 attempts, and also had 288 yards receiving on 24 catches. He averaged 6.5 yards every time he touched the ball this year...2009: Versatile performer who played receiver and running back and was a key special teams performer ... Recorded 16 special teams tackles and averaged 20.5 yards per kickoff return on 18 chances ... Was a special teams co-captain ... Rushed for 143 yards and a score on 19 carries and caught seven passes for 66 yards and a TD on the season…2008: Played cornerback for the first seven games before returning to running back where he played in 2007 ... Became the team's top kick returner after the injury to Brandon Tate ... Led the team with 379 kickoff return yards and had a 25.3 average …2007: Started eight games at tailback and led the team with 399 rushing yards on 95 carries ... His 4.2 yard per carry average was second on the team among backs with more than 11 carries ... Also had 15 catches for 159 yards ... Third on the team with 558 all-purpose yards.
E.J. Wilson heading into rSr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2007: Started all 12 games at defensive end…2006: Finished the season with 19 tackles, including nine solo and 10 assists, and three tackles for losses and two sacks.
Garrett Reynolds heading into Sr season: 2007: Started 19 career games at right tackle, including all 12 in 2007...Had a team-best 88 percent grade and a team-high 51 knock-down blocks on the season...2006: Started seven games, including six at right tackle and one at right guard...Made his first career start at right guard against Duke...2005: Played in nine games as reserve offensive tackle...His father, Art, and uncle, Jack, played football at Tennessee...Art played linebacker at UT in 1971-73 and spent one year in the World Football League in 1974 in Charlotte...Jack, nicknamed "Hacksaw," played linebacker at UT in 1967-69 and played 15 seasons in the NFL.
Brooks Foster heading into rSr season: 2007: 11 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 1-4-4-0; Rec: 29-417-14.4-2; KR: 1-2-2-0; 5 Sol-5 TT, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Second on team with 417 receiving yards ...Recorded 29 catches and two touchdowns... 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 2-15-7.5-0; Rec: 38-486-12.8-2; Entered the season with zero career receptions, but finished second on the team with 38 catches for 486 yards and one touchdown... 2005: Played in five games as a reserve wide receiver in 2005, but did not have a catch...Also played on special teams...2004: Redshirted in football in 2004...Walked on to the 2005 NCAA champion UNC basketball team following the Continental Tire Bowl and played in five basketball games.
Aleric Mullins heading into Sr season: 2008: 13 GP; 0 GS; 7 Sol-12 TT, 2 TFL, 1 SK, 2 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF; Rotated at defensive tackle with Cam Thomas and Marvin Austin. 2007: 11 GP; 5 GS; 11 Sol-19 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 SK, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Started five games, including the last four of the season against Maryland, NC State, Georgia Tech and Duke. 2006: Received a waiver from the NCAA Initial Eligibility Waiver Committee allowing him to practice with the team in 2006, but not play. Earned another year of eligibility by meeting academic performance benchmarks.
Tydreke Powell heading into rSr season: 2010: Team captain who started all 13 games ... Finished the regular sea¬son with 47 tackles, three tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks, one pass breakup and one forced fumble … Recorded five tackles, including a 21-yard sack, and forced a fumble against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. 2009: Played in all 13 games ... Finished the season with 24 tackles, including four tackles for losses and two sacks … Named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance at Virginia Tech, forced a key fumble in the fourth quarter which Carolina recovered and eventually led to the game-winning field goal, also had a sack on Tyrod Taylor in the first half, forcing the Hokies out of field goal position. 2008: Impressive freshman season with 18 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses, one sack and one fumble recovery … Played in 12 of 13 games and started once … Did not play vs. Connecticut due to a chest injury … Recovered a fumble and had a tackle for loss in the season opener vs. McNeese State. 2007: Redshirted.
Brandon Tate heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 12-131-10.9-1; Rec: 25-479-19.2-5; PR: 23-216-9.4-1 KR: 39-939-24.1-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Honorable Mention All--ACC kick and punt returner. Needed just three seasons to set ACC career records for kickoff return yards (2,383) and returns (98)...Led the ACC with 147.1 all-purpose yards per game...Tallied 1,765 all-purpose yards and a team-high seven touchdowns...Averaged 17.8 yards per touch (1,765 yards on 99 touches)...Recorded 479 yards receiving on just 25 catches (19.2 yards/catch) and tallied five receiving touchdowns...Averaged 24.1 yards per kickoff return and 9.4 yards per punt return with one score...2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 3-20-6.7-0; Rec: 5-72-14.4-0; PR: 20-194-9.7-1 KR: 38-902-23.7-2; One of only nine players in NCAA history to return a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown in the same game (Duke, 2006)...Single-season and career school recorder holder for kickoff returns for touchdowns (2 in 2006, 3 in career)...Tied the ACC single-season record with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2006...Set single-season school record with 902 kickoff return yards in 2006...Ranked second in the ACC in punt return average (9.7) and sixth in kickoff return average (23.7)...Led the ACC and was one of only three players in the country with two kickoff returns for touchdowns...2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; PR: 29-267-9.2-0 KR: 21-542-25.8-1; 2005 Honorable-Mention All-ACC...Played in all 11 games as the kick returner...One of seven true freshman to see action...Had 21 kickoff returns for 542 yards, an average of 25.8, and 29 punt returns for 267 yards, an average of 9.2...Ranked 22nd in the country in kickoff returns...His brother, Barry, plays football at Lenoir-Rhyne College.
Alan Pelc heading into rSr season: 2009: Started all 13 games, including 12 at right guard and one at center ... Made his first career start at center vs. Pitt in the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Had a team-best 78 percent grade onthe season and 38 knock-down blocks ... Made 23 straight starts …2008: Started the final 10 games at left guard …2007: Played in three games against James Madison, East Carolina and Wake Forest.
Kyle Jolly heading into rSr season: 2009 Texas vs the Nation Invite…2007: Started all 12 games at left tackle…Posted a 78 percent grade with 31 knock-downs on the season…2006: Saw action as a reserve tackle and on special teams on extra points in 2006…2005: Redshirted.
Dwight Jones heading into Sr season: 2010: Earned honorable mention All-ACC honors after finishing the season with team highs of 62 receptions and 946 yards … Averaged 72.8 yards per game, good for fourth in the league ... Appeared in all 13 games and made 12 starts ... Caught eight balls for 233 yards and a touchdown in the win at Florida State. 2009: Saw action in seven games and had five catches for 21 yards. 2008: Played against Virginia, NC State and Georgia Tech … Did not have a reception.
Kendric Burney heading into rSr season: 2010: Burney made 30 tackles and picked off two passes in six games in 2010...He started 44 games at cornerback and had 11 career interceptions, which ranks seventh all-time at UNC. He finished his career with 358 interception return yards, which ranks second all-time in the ACC...2009: Started all 13 games in his third season as a starting cornerback ... First-team All-ACC selection ... Has started every game during his Carolina career (38) ... Finished the season with 52 tackles, 5.5 tcakles for losses of 24 yards, one sack, five interceptionsfor 200 yards and a touchdown, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... His 200 interception return yards are a single-season school record …2008: Had a terrific season with 78 tackles, 7.5 tackles for losses, three interceptions for 71 yards and five pass breakups ... Started all 13 games at cornerback, averaging nearly 70 plays per game …2007: Started all 12 games at cornerback ... Made 50 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses, 1 sack, 1 interception and 4 pass breakups.
*Donte Paige-Moss heading into Jr season: 2010: Played in all 13 games and started 12 at defensive end ... Finished the regular season with 49 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses of 77 yards, 7.0 sacks for 57 yards, and one pass breakup ... Ranked second on the team in tackles for losses and sacks, seventh in the ACC in sacks ... Posted six tackles, 2.5 for losses, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick in Music City Bowl win over Tennessee; blocked an extra point in the fourth quarter ... Made 10 tackles, four tackles for losses and two sacks against N.C. State. 2009: Arrested for simple assault in July 2009 after getting into a fight with a teammate in a dorm room … Suspended for Meineke Car Care Bowl for an incident with a N.C. State player after their match-up … Played in eight games as a true freshman and had five tackles on the season … Posted two tackles vs. Georgia Southern, including his first career sack … Also had a sack in Carolina's win at Virginia Tech.
Shaun Draughn heading into rSr season: 2010: Draughn began his UNC career as a safety. He converted to tailback in his sophomore season and led the team in rushing that year. He was the starting tailback in 2009 until he fractured his shoulder blade in the eighth game of the year vs. Duke. Started two games in 2010, including the Music City Bowl victory over Tennessee, and rushed for 637 yards and six touchdowns. Draughn was named MVP of the bowl game after gaining 160 yards and scoring a touchdown...2009: Starter at tailback until he fractured his leftshoulder blade (scapula) on the first play from scrimmage vs. Duke and was lost for the rest of the season ... Rushed for 567 yards and a touchdown on 124 carries and had 125 yards receiving on 21 catches ... Was leading the Tar Heels with 692 all-purpose yards and an average of 76.9 yards per game at the time of the injury …2008: Played in all 13 games and started the final six of the season at tailback ... Led the Tar Heels in rushing with 866 yards and three touchdowns on 198 carries ... Draughn ranked sixth in the ACC in rushing with 66.6 yards per game ... Averaged 4.4 yards per carry, tops among Tar Heels with more than 11 carries …2007: Saw action in 11 games, primarily on special teams.
Charles Brown heading into rSr season: 2010: Sat out 2010 season due to NCAA suspension from players receiving impermissible benefits. 2009: Played well in his first year as the starter at cornerback ... Started all 13 games ... Finished the season second on the team with 66 tackles ... Ranked fifth in the ACC in passes defended with 12: nine breakups (led the team) and three interceptions ... Credited with two forced and two recovered fumbles. 2008: Carolina's starting nickel defensive back … Played in 10 games, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl … Twisted his ankle at Maryland in the first half and did not return … Did not play against NC State or Duke … Totalled 26 tackles on the year … intercepted one pass and broke up two others. 2007: Played in all 12 games and made nine starts at either cornerback or nickel back … Moved to cornerback for the remainder of the season after the South Carolina game … Credited with 59 tackles, five for loss, and a sack … Posted 10 tackles and a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown against NC States … had two interceptions and four pass break-ups.
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