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Robert Quinn has been through a lot

Robert Quinn not only beat a brain tumor when he was in high school and his mother feared she would lose her son – he went on to have short but dazzling career at the University of North Carolina. While at North Carolina a brain problem that had nothing to do with a tumor led him to accepting gifts from an agent totaling $5,000. (Morning Journal)

Detroit Lions may select Bruce Carter

There is some risk involved, but the Lions might be able to fill one of their biggest defensive needs by dipping below the surface of the talent pool of linebackers. Bruce Carter is a prime risk-reward prospect in this year’s draft. Carter built a resume in his first 49 games at North Carolina that would put him high on the list of outside linebacker prospects. (Fox Sports Detroit)

Robert Quinn determined to overcome past challenges and succeed in the NFL

Robert Quinn didn't allow a brain tumor to keep him from becoming one of the premier pass-rushers in college football. He's certainly not about to let a one-year suspension deter him from doing the same in the pros. "The tumor made me appreciate just the little things in life. Don't take anything for granted. Live life to the fullest," said the North Carolina defensive end. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Bruce Carter cleared for pre-draft workouts

Dr. James Andrews wrote a letter clearing North Carolina outside linebacker Bruce Carter for pre-draft workouts. Carter is an intriguing prospect who starred on the Tar Heels' defense but tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during a November game. Andrews, a noted orthopedist who has overseen Carter's rehabilitation and recovery, issued a letter last week informing teams of progress. (NFL.com)

T.J. Yates: Be patient with Bryn Renner

T.J. Yates had plenty of critics entering his senior season at North Carolina. From fans and to media, the common refrain was that the Tar Heels could be a dark horse title contender if Yates could just keep it between the ditches. Yates understood the impatience, but he hopes the same group that went from detractors to supports don't jump to conclusions with his successor. (WRAL Sports Fan)

T.J. Yates optimistic about his NFL future

Certain publications like ESPN now have T.J. Yates ranked as the No. 10 quarterback prospect in the 2011 draft class. Some are projecting Yates has vaulted from a late round pick at best to a possible mid-round pick. And veteran quarterbacks coach Larry Kennan raves about him. Yates has been doing his best to avoid what's being said about him in the press, even the good stuff. (WRAL Sports Fan)

T.J. Yates' stock is going up

This is the right time to have some good things floating around about you. T.J. Yates is experiencing this right now. Now he's hoping that results in his name being called in next weeks NFL Draft. About six days ago veteran quarterbacks coach Larry Kennan said Yates is "way ahead of where a lot of guys are at that time." (WRAL Sports Fan)

The Second Shutdown 40: #61 – Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina

What makes Quan Sturdivant stand out among inside linebackers is his ability to use his speed and break off the original lane and redirect if the play goes away from him. Former quarterback and safety with the speed and agility to drop back into coverage either at middle depth of from the line — could be an interesting zone blitz player because of this. (Yahoo! Sports)

Robert Quinn possibly jets up on the board

The closer the draft gets, the more one name pops up for the Redskins with their first pick: North Carolina defensive end/linebacker Robert Quinn. That doesn't mean it will happen; other names have been associated with the Redskins. And it doesn't mean everyone would love this pick. (Examiner.com)

UNC TE Ryan Taylor visits the Seahawks on Monday

UNC tight end Ryan Taylor is scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. He has previously visited the Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers. He has worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns. (National Football Post)

Character assessments shape NFL success

North Carolina DT Marvin Austin: Interviewed very poorly at the Combine, very selfishly throwing his college under the bus and refusing to take responsibility for any of the wrongdoings that led to his dismissal from the team. Has earned a reputation in the NFL scouting community as a "finger-pointing, excuse-making con artist" who does not know what it means to lead. (Pro Football Weekly)

Veteran QB coach on T.J. Yates: 'He's got plenty of arm'

Highly respected quarterbacks coach Larry Kennan has worked with everyone from Eli Manning to Chad Pennington, Tim Couch, Drew Brees, Byron Leftwich and Alex Smith. And the veteran former New England Patriots assistant ranks University of North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates comparably to those NFL quarterbacks in terms of football acumen, leadership and ability. (National Football Post)

Deunta Williams Interview

Last season must have been very frustrating for you, after you all came back, then the NCAA investigation crushed the season, then you got injured. What was the season like for you, and were you able to gain anything from it? Deunta Williams: "This was the hardest season that I've had to play through, but it is also the most proud I've been, of how a team had to come together and depend on one another." (NFL Draft Geek)

Former Tar Heel Lawrence Taylor A Level I Sex Offender

In a Rockland County, New York courtroom on Tuesday, former North Carolina football star Lawrence Taylor was given a Level I sex offender status. Taylor was sentenced to six years’ probation after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute in the third degree. Judge William Kelly issued his ruling saying that Taylor was not a risk to repeat his offense. (WCHL 1360)

Quan Sturdivant to visit with Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs will visit with North Carolina LB Quan Sturdivant on Wednesday. National Football Post reports the Chiefs are among several teams showing interest in him in addition to the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills. (Arrowhead Pride)

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