Six UNC players invited to NFL Combine

Six players — Giovani Bernard, Travis Bond, Jonathan Cooper, Kevin Reddick, Brennan Williams and Sylvester Williams — were invited to attend the NFL Scouting Combine.

The event, where executives, coaches, scouts and medical personnel evaluate the nation’s top draft prospects, will be held from Feb. 20 to Feb. 26 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Bernard, who opted for the NFL after his redshirt sophomore season, rushed for 1,228 yards and hauled in 47 catches for 490 yards. He scampered into the end zone 19 times, scoring 12 rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and two return touchdowns. Bernard’s 73-yard punt return touchdown against N.C. State was the highlight of the Tar Heels’ sanction-shortened season.

Bond, Cooper and Williams paved the way for Bernard on North Carolina’s offensive line. Cooper was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which is given to the nation’s top offensive lineman. Cooper is the only Tar Heel projected to go in the first round by

Reddick totaled 85 tackles in 2012 at linebacker, including 18.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also contributed 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

On the defensive line, Williams made 42 tackles during his senior season. He ranked second in sacks, behind Reddick, with six. Both Reddick and Williams were selected to the All-ACC first team.

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