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UNC athletic trainer a big believer in Bruce Carter

Scott Trulock said the Dallas Cowboys have nothing to worry about with Bruce Carter. Trulock raved about Carter's character and how he would not only show up for his rehabilitation when he was asked but also be there when he wasn't asked to see an athletic trainer. Trulock said Carter was always accountable and did more in his injury recovery than any athlete he's ever worked with at UNC. (Dallas Morning News)

RB Johnny White a jack-of-all-trades

He doesn’t have breakaway speed and he doesn’t have imposing size, but what Johnny White does have is a skill set that should serve him well in the NFL. “There’s a guy that is a very good running back, played a lot of positions, is a physical guy, can block and can catch the ball out of the backfield,” said head coach Chan Gailey. (BuffaloBills.com)

Former coaches insist Marvin Austin is a quality kid

Butch Davis still remembers every detail of the day he had to break Marvin Austin's heart. He remembers sitting with him in his staff room in Chapel Hill, N.C. He remembers the anxiety he felt, the sad look on Austin's face. The head coach at UNC also remembers thinking how unjust it seemed that he was about to take away the college career of a player he considered to be a genuinely good kid. (New York Daily News)

Walter Black, three others going into Winston-Salem Hall of Fame

East Forsyth's Walter Black was one of the top athletes in Forsyth County in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He attended North Carolina on a prestigious Morehead Scholarship — which he won after signing a football scholarship with the Tar Heels. He lettered three seasons as a defensive back and has the claim to fame of intercepting Dan Marino, who was then at Pitt. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Different kind of draft prep for UNC's Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor didn't know which of the five NFL teams he interviewed with would take him in the draft but he had a pretty good idea which one wouldn't. When the former UNC tight end visited the San Francisco 49ers, first-year coach Jim Harbaugh gave him an 100-question trivia quiz. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Ryan Taylor creates his own NFL opportunity

In the constellation of NFL prospects and eventual draft picks dotted all over UNC's depth chart before the 2010 season started, Ryan Taylor was the least conspicuous. Still, NFL teams took notice of Taylor's "get in where you fit in" attitude. He was an up-back on the kick-return team, a wedge-breaker on kickoffs, a guard on the punt team and a blocker on the field-goal unit. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Greg Little was a good catch by the Cleveland Browns

Browns draft choice Greg Little's receivers coach at North Carolina is convinced that with enough time and effort, his former star can overcome his 2010 suspension and make an impact in the NFL as a rookie. "Greg made it his mission to the get the NFL, and now that he's there, he's going to have to continue to work at it," said Charlie Williams. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Bills Get Roster Value From RB Johnny White

Johnny White is the perfect third running back for the Bills to put behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. He doesn't need to be integrated into the offensive game plan, but will be productive if he needs to play. He provides instant value as a special teams player and won't be a guy that the Bills regret dressing on game day. (Buffalo Rumblings)

Former Tar Heels left waiting

Zack Pianalto watched every minute of the NFL draft on television and waited to hear his name. And waited...and waited some more. After seven rounds and 254 players were drafted, the only thing that the former North Carolina tight end can do now is wait. With the NFL lockout, Pianalto and the other undrafted college players can't sign free-agent contracts or even talk to prospective teams. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Bruce Carter rises above knee injury

Labeled “an athletic marvel” by one draft publication, the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Bruce Carter was indeed projected as a first-rounder before he injured his knee against N.C. State on Nov. 20. Speed and explosiveness were Carter's calling cards, and some scouts considered him to be the finest pure athlete among draft prospects after he ran the 40 in 4.39 seconds and benched 440 pounds. (San Antonio Express-News)

ACC NFL prospects still in limbo

As the NFL lockout still continues, the professional careers of several former ACC players remain in limbo. North Carolina's Kendric Burney and Clemson's DeAndre McDaniel received the highest grades (over 60, which is considered fourth-round equivalent). Regardless of where they wind up in the future, their contributions in the past certainly won't be forgotten. (ESPN.com)

Butch Davis praises Bruce Carter as 'rare linebacker'

Butch Davis: "Bruce [Carter] is one of those unique rare linebackers that you never have to take out of the game. He can play Sam, he can play Mike, He can play Will and he can play in all of your nickel packages. Because he has great speed and great ability to cover. He can blitz and he can come off the edge. He is probably the career leader in blocked kicks at Carolina. " (Dallas Morning News)

Greg Little gets big second chance with Cleveland Browns

All Greg Little wanted was a second chance. The Browns were happy to provide the opportunity to the North Carolina wide receiver in one of the organization's more gutsy moves of last week's 2011 NFL Draft. The Browns spent the second of their two second-round picks (59th overall) on Little — a guy who didn't even play last season. (Akron Beacon Journal)

T.J. Yates is a Texan, and it couldn't be a better situation

Part of the NFL scouts' intrigue surrounding T.J. Yates was his intelligence and ability to understand some of the more complicated offenses in the league. In this case he's fitting in to a system he says is "identical" to the one ran in Chapel Hill. One veteran quarterback scout said before the draft that on top of his intelligence, he's got plenty of arm and can make all the throws. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Bruce Carter's a Cowboy

Bruce Carter is heading to “America’s Team.” The Havelock native was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft on Friday evening. Carter, a 6-foot-2, 241-pound linebacker from the University of North Carolina, was the 40th overall pick. Carter, the son of Bruce and Tammy Prichard, spent the moments leading up to the phone call in Havelock with family and friends. (Havelock News)

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