If you are a fan of North Carolina this is about as an exciting time as you can have when it comes to the two major sports. The Heels are in the thick of their football season, while the basketball squad is getting ready for their season, as their first game is a month away. For the former players, in the NBA they are in the pre-season (make sure to check everyday on ISPORTSWEB for the recaps) and in the NFL it was the fifth week of action. And this post is exactly about that…
The first former UNC Football player that had a very good game was Hakeem Nicks, wide out for the New York Giants. The fifth year pro had the best game of the season, grabbing nine receptions for 142 yards, which is the best performance of the season. For this campaign the receiver has a total of 372 yds, putting him 17th overall in the league, but has yet to find the end zone.
Staying with wide receivers, it’s Cleveland Browns’ Greg Little, who also had his best performance of the year. The third pro had three catches for a total of 71 yards in week five, almost doubling his output for the season. He also had three kick off returns for a total of 14 yards. For the 2013 campaign Little has a total of 149, putting him 108th overall. As far as return yards he has a total of 130, which places the wide out at the 23rd spot.
The third offensive player that used to call Kenan Stadium home, it’s Giovani Bernard, the running back for the Cincinnati Bengals. The rookie had 13 carries for 62 yards, as well as a pair of catches for 7 yards. To be noted Bernard also had a fumble in the fourth quarter that could have been very costly to the Bengals, but in the end was not. On the season the tail back has a total of 209 yards on the ground, which puts him tied for 27th with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, which is his team mate in Cincinnati. Difference is that Giovani Bernard has only 45 carries to his team mate’s 71.
On the defensive side of the ball the one former UNC Football player that should be mentioned for week five is Da’Norris Searcy, strong safety for the Buffalo Bills. The third year pro had six tackles this week, three of them solo. In all the safety has a total of 33 tackles, placing him tied for 46th, and 22 solo, which is good for 62nd best in the NFL.
Finally, even if he did not get a lot of playing time, I have to talk about T.J. Yates, the back up QB for the Houston Texans, who I wrote about last week, saying he should get some playing time. Well, the third year veteran did get some playing time in week five, going 3 for 5 for 15 yards.
And that’s it, a look back at Week Five in the NFL for some of the better performances when in it comes to former UNC Football players. For a complete run down of all the former Heels you can check out the official web site for UNC Athletics. For more information about present and former North Carolina players make sure to check back with ISPORTSWEB often.