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Saturday June 12th

Football



Head injuries are new focus in college football

The NCAA has once again put UNC’s football program in the spotlight, but not in a way fans have come to expect. As the issue of football-related head injuries on campuses experiences increased focus, the NCAA has highlighted UNC’s policy of testing student athletes for injury as a model for other universities.

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	Clemson running back Andre Ellington has gained 340 yards and seven rushing TDs.

Clemson running backs 'the best two' UNC has seen

North Carolina’s defense worries about containing Clemson’s two explosive running backs — just don’t ask their names. Clemson fans know them as Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper, but to UNC linebacker Bruce Carter, they are “23” and “8,”respectively. “They have two very good running backs, their big backs are 23 and 8,” Carter said. “23 is very fast, and with 8, he’s big and he’s fast.

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UNC Secondary shuffles back to football field one by one

If there were an elevator that North Carolina’s defense took to the field before a game, it would take forever to get off the floor. The flood of questions regarding which players have been cleared to play amid the ongoing investigations surrounding the UNC football program has seemingly prevented those doors from ever closing definitively.

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Johnny White has dominated at the starting running back position, scoring two touchdowns and tallying 318 rushing yards in four games.

Draughn and White gunning for 1,000 yard mark

For a school that has had 24 rushers reach that mark, the current 13-year stretch qualifies as a drought. By comparison, the Tar Heels had a 1,000-yard season from at least one player in every season between 1973 and 1984. White and tailback Shaun Draughn looked unstoppable in last Saturday’s evisceration of East Carolina, finishing with 140 and 137 yards, respectively.

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UNC lineman Elleby out for season

At a news conference Monday, Butch Davis announced that senior offensive/defensive lineman Greg Elleby will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL he sustained against ECU. Elleby had seen playing time in each of UNC’s four games this season.

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Tailback Sean Draughn ran for three touchdowns in UNC's 42-17 victory over East Carolina on Saturday.

North Carolina defeats East Carolina 42-17

North Carolina defeated ECU 42-17 Saturday afternoon. After entering halftime tied at 14 – thanks to a second quarter pick-six by safety Da’Norris Searcy – the Tar Heels handled their business in the second half. Though quarterback T.J. Yates struggled at times to get into a rhythm with his receivers, running back Johnny White picked up the slack, rushing for over 100 yards in the second half alone to get things rolling. Then Shaun Draughn did the rest. Both running backs rushed for over 100 yards, the first time UNC’s done that since 2004.

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Safety Da'Norris Searcy intercepted a pass from East Carolina quarterback Dominique Davis late in the second quarter to tie the game.

North Carolina, ECU tied 14-14 at halftime

North Carolina is tied at 14 with the visiting East Carolina Pirates at halftime. ECU scored touchdowns on consecutive drives to go ahead of the Tar Heels but UNC’s Da’Norris Searcy intercepted a pass and rumbled 46 yards to even the score. The Pirates opened the scoring by driving 75 yards down the field, capped off by a 13-yard pass from Dominique Davis to Lance Lewis. UNC answered with a 77 yard drive led by T.J. Yates that ended with a 25 yard touchdown catch to Jheranie Boyd. UNC had East Carolina reeling on the Pirates’ next possession, but a costly roughing the kicker penalty by Bruce Carter kept the ECU drive alive and the Pirates took advantage.

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	The Rams Club, UNC’s athletic booster club, plans for Kenan Stadium’s east end zone to be completed in time for North Carolina’s first home football game in the 2011 season. Officials said the club has exceeded its expectations for donations, which will pay for $35 million out of the $70 million total for the project.

New Kenan construction on target

Kenan Stadium seems to be an imitation of the North Carolina football team this season. Just as the Tar Heels are missing players due to an NCAA investigation, Kenan Stadium is missing the fieldhouse that flanked the east end zone, in the midst of a $70 million rebuilding campaign they titled the “Blue Zone.”

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"Bad decisions" mount during NCAA review

Both North Carolina football coach Butch Davis and athletic director Dick Baddour said Thursday that they knew a month ago about money exchanges between former coach John Blake and a sports agent. In a statement released by the athletic department, Baddour said the University, through the NCAA investigation, uncovered financial documents on Aug.

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UNC vs. ECU: Gameday Breakdown

The North Carolina Tar Heels (1-2) take on the East Carolina Pirates (2-1) in at Kenan Stadium. Game time is 3:30 p.m. Check out both team’s rosters and schedules below:

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Dual-threat QB awaits Tar Heels

The numbers East Carolina quarterback Dominique Davis has posted this year have been impressive. Through his first three starts, Davis has averaged 297 yards passing and three touchdowns per game while limiting his interceptions to just one per game.

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UNC safety Da'Norris Searcy cleared to play

North Carolina safety Da’Norris Searcy has been cleared to play after his eligibility was determined by both the NCAA and the University. The senior has missed all three of UNC’s games thus far and will make his 2010 debut against East Carolina on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. “We’ll try to figure out what kind of role Da’Norris can play on such short notice a day before the game this weekend,” UNC coach Butch Davis said. The senior made his way into a starting safety position last season and averaged 14.6 yards in punt returns, which were ranked fifth in the nation and second in the ACC.

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