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UNC veteran DBs in and out of spring mix
Several Tar Heel defensive backs have taken advantage of extra repetitions in the first and second rotations, while others have been shelved with various injuries...

Hometown Lowdown: Salisbury
It’s almost exactly 100 miles west on I-85 from Chapel Hill to the city of Salisbury, NC. The county seat of Rowan County is the...

Free Safety Free-for-All
While much of the defense is currently working on repetitions leading up to the season opener on Sept. 1, Sam Smiley and Darien Rankin are...

Sam Smiley fighting for starting job
UNC redshirt freshman Sam Smiley is in the midst of a heated position battle with fellow redshirt freshman Darien Rankin this summer for UNC's open...

Darien Rankin ready to start?
Coming off an excellent spring season and a good summer of quality work in the weight room, where he's added significant muscle mass, redshirt freshman...

Romar Morris opens some eyes in UNC spring game
Salisbury lineage or not, no one was interrupting tailback Romar Morris, a state track champion, from taking the lead role in a day that reverberated...

Romar Morris, Darien Rankin stay true to UNC
Butch Davis was dismissed Thursday after a tumultuous year in which the football program was ridden with scandal and allegations of players receiving improper benefits...

Darien Rankin named Rowan County Athlete of the Year
The 6-foot-1 Darien Rankin helped Salisbury to a 2AA state title as a safety in football. He was a tenacious defender and a ferocious hitter...

UNC football signee Darien Rankin also a basketball star
According to the players and coaches assembled for the 2011 All-County basketball photo shoot Wednesday at Catawba, Salisbury’s Darien Rankin could have easily scored over...

Penn State tells Romar Morris, Darien Rankin not to visit
Penn State was rolling. Darian Cooper was coming for a visit, and the Nittany Lions were his probable leader. They were getting visits from Brandon...

Darien Rankin always amazes
Darien Rankin showed what a remarkable athlete he is one more time on Wednesday. Just four days removed from the football field where he was...

Meet Salisbury's Darien Rankin
The Salisbury Post has a quick Q&A spotlighting safety and UNC commit Darien Rankin. Among the questions asked: His nicknames, favorite athletes, musicians,...

ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, August 19
In a recruiting contest involving a couple of Coastal Division schools, North Carolina won out over Georgia Tech for the services of running back Romar...

Salisbury RB Romar Morris commits to Tar Heels
Romar Morris decided to stay close to his Salisbury home yesterday to play his college football and committed to North Carolina. Morris made his decision...

Triangle schools bolster football recruiting classes
Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State all have added to their 2011 football recruiting classes. UNC has received commitments from safety Darien Rankin of Salisbury,...

ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, July 9
North Carolina was by far the biggest gainer. The Tar Heels started off with the commitment of defensive back Kameron Jackson from Alabama. UNC followed...

Darien Rankin commits to North Carolina
Darien Rankin first dunked a basketball as a sixth-grader, and his one-handed slam during a playoff win at East Rutherford in February stunned the home...

Darien Rankin starts the parade
In Rowan County, fans have been wondering which one of our football stars — Romar Morris and Darien Rankin of Salisbury and Domonique Noble and...

Salisbury safety Darien Rankin commits to UNC
North Carolina has added defensive backfield depth with a commitment from Darien Rankin of Salisbury, N.C., for the Class of 2011. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Rankin...


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