As most North Carolina fans would know, the next two days are all about the current players. Starting tomorrow night as UNC takes on Oakland in the season opener for head coach Roy Williams and his squad. Followed by the football squad hosting Virginia on Saturday without Bryn Renner, who has had his operation, which went fine. However, this post is about former Tar Heels now in the National Football League.
Surgery went great! On the road to recovery. Thank you for all the support from everyone it means so much! pic.twitter.com/camYQ9MjED
— Bryn Renner (@BrynRenner) November 6, 2013
We begin with the rookie sensation that is Giovani Bernard. The second round pick for the Cincinnati Bengals, who had a great game last week, but exited the game due to hurt ribs, practiced yesterday, even if in a limited way, and it sounds as though he will be in the line up when the team plays the Ravens.
Another former North Carolina offensive player that had a good Week Nine was Cleveland Browns’ Greg Little, who caught seven catches (9 targets) for 122 yards in a win against the Ravens. Definitely the best productive game on the season, as the wide out has a total of 340 yards on 28 catches (64 targets) and a touchdown.
On the other side of the ball, it’s veteran Julius Peppers, who had a sack and an interception when the Chicago Bears defeated the Green Bay Packers. In all this season the twelve year player has 17 tackles (9 solos) to go along with two sacks, a forced fumbles and an interception.
And finally, it’s Bruce Carter, who has been battling for a while to keep his starting spot with the Dallas Cowboys. In the last game, a victory versus the Vikings, the linebacker has six tackles (five solos). In all this campaign the third year veteran has 48 tackles (37 solos) to along with two sacks and a pair of deflected passes. From an article by ESPN Dallas it seems that Carter is working with the first team, even if that does not mean the position is his when next Sunday arrives.
And that is it, a small look at some of the former Tar Heels at the next level. With half the season still to go it will be interesting to see if any other emerge with big games. Of course, for information about current and former North Carolina players come back often to ISPORTSWEB.