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Wednesday May 31st

Peppers Selected As Lombardi Semifinalist

The four finalists for the award, which is given to the nation's top linemen, will be announced early next month.

Peppers, also a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award (best defensive player) and the Heisman Trophy (best overall player), has 43 tackles this season, including 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for losses. He leads the Tar Heels with three interceptions and has more interceptions this season than any other defensive lineman in the country. Peppers made a spectacular interception in the Tar Heels' 38-3 win at Clemson two weeks ago and is ranked eighth in the ACC in interceptions.

Peppers has 29.5 career sacks and 51 career tackles for losses. He is just three sacks shy of the UNC record of 32.5 sacks established by former first-round NFL draft pick Greg Ellis (1994-97). Peppers is six sacks shy of the ACC record of 35.5 set by Virginia's Chris Slade from 1989-92.

Peppers has more sacks in a two-year period than any other player in Carolina history. Peppers has 23.5 sacks in the last two seasons, including 15 in 2000 and 8.5 this year. Ellis combined for 21.5 sacks in 1996 and 1997, and Lawrence Taylor had a total of 21 sacks in 1979 and 1980.

The four finalists for the Lombardi Award will be announced the week of Nov. 11 after a second round of voting among nearly 300 members of the selection committee made up of sportswriters, broadcasters and Division I head coaches from around the country. The winner will be announced in Houston on Dec. 5.

Men's Soccer Slips in Polls

The North Carolina men's soccer team dropped two spots in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, falling from No. 6 to No. 8 after going 1-1 in two games last week.

Last week, UNC shut out Old Dominion 2-0 last Wednesday and lost a 4-2 decision at No. 21 Wake Forest last Saturday night.

Southern Methodist is ranked No. 1, as it has been all season. Virginia is No. 2, Stanford is No. 3,

Indiana is No. 4 and Saint Louis is No. 5.

Ball Picks Up Honor

North Carolina sophomore forward Elizabeth Ball and Duke sophomore goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir share this week's ACC Women's Soccer Player of the Week honor after leading their respective teams to conference victories last week.

Ball came off the bench against No. 13 Virginia and scored two goals and had two assists in the 6-1 Tar Heel victory. Ball has yet to start this season but is second on the team with eight goals and 21 points this season.

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