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Tar Heels DT Marvin Austin worth a gamble

North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin certainly cannot be called a sleeper, even after missing the 2010 season because he, like teammates Robert Quinn and Greg Little, accepted improper benefits from an agent while still in school. And he’s certainly not a secret to the Bears, especially after Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli attended UNC’s Pro Day on Thursday. (Chicago Daily Herald)

Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin shine at UNC's pro day

Carolina issued 154 credentials for its annual pro day, which comprised a stunning 94 NFL scouts, general managers, head coaches, coordinators and other assistants. Of most interest were a trio of players who missed all of last season, suspended either by UNC or the NCAA for accepting benefits from agents and others. Thus, Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin, and Greg Little drew the most fascination from those in attendance. (Fox Sports South)

Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn, Greg Little Return To UNC For Pro Day

Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn lined up side-by-side on North Carolina’s practice field for defensive line drills while Greg Little hauled in passes. It was harsh reminder of what could have been that brought some closure to a tough year. The three former Tar Heel standouts participated in the school’s workouts for pro scouts Thursday after missing last season due to the NCAA investigation. (ACC Sports Journal)

Robert Quinn runs a 4.57, T.J. Yates has big day

North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn solidified his upper first-round draft status with a blazing 4.57 time in the 40-yard dash at the Tar Heels' Pro Day workout. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder also bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times and registered a 10-5 broad jump. Meanwhile, quarterback T.J. Yates turned in an impressive workout as he displayed sound accuracy and zip while throwing 112 passes. (Rivals.com)

T.J. Yates a pleasant pro day surprise

North Carolina QB prospect T.J. Yates made a strong case to be a developmental late-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft with his performance at the Tar Heels' pro day on Thursday. Although most of the scouts and league talent evaluators were there to see defensive stars Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin, Yates was a pleasant surprise in his quarterback drills. (Sporting News)

Greg Little quotes from UNC Pro Day

"I knew it was a defining moment in my life. It definitely shaped me and changed my morals and values and really got to soul searching about who I was. I know I’m going to make mistakes, I’m gonna drop balls, I’m gonna do things that aren’t right or wrong. And I did some things that were very wrong and very selfish, so to speak. I know I’ve got to move on from that and show everybody who I really am as a person." (Daily Tar Heel)

Marvin Austin quotes from UNC Pro Day

Marvin Austin on negative responses from UNC fans: "I got hate mail. A guy sent me some mail and he pretty much said that I disgraced the university. He didn’t know what I did, he didn’t care what I did, I disgraced the university and that I should be ashamed of myself. I should be ashamed of the way my parents raised me. And I wish I had the letter I could show you exactly what he said." (Daily Tar Heel)

One last 'hurrah' for Tar Heels at pro day

There they were, all of UNC's football stars, together on the same field for one last time. UNC's group of NFL hopefuls, which hadn't been seen in its entirety since August, put on a show for a swarm of NFL scouts and coaches on Thursday. "It was like the national championship for me," said Marvin Austin, who dismissed from the team and missed the entire season for his role in the agent/benefit portion of the investigation. (Raleigh News & Observer)

T.J. Yates has strong Pro Day

Former UNC QB T.J. Yates participated in his school’s pro day on Thursday. Yates, according to a source with knowledge of his workout results, went 110 of 112 during his throwing session. Quarterbacks usually make 50-60 throws during a pro day. Yates (6’3” 3/10, 229), who is projected to go off the board on the third day of the 2011 NFL Draft, threw the ball with very strong power and accuracy. (Yard Barker)

Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith scouting talent at UNC

The last time Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith visited North Carolina for a trip unrelated to a football game, he returned with Julius Peppers. Maybe Smith's latest trek to Tobacco Road will uncover another gem on the defensive line. Smith is scheduled to attend Thursday's Pro Day at the University of North Carolina, where 19 former Tar Heels will try to follow Peppers' path to the pros. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Greg Little, Marvin Austin return for UNC's Pro Timing Day

When North Carolina hosts its Pro Timing Day today, among the 19 former players who will be working out for scouts will be three players who didn't play during the 2010 season because of violations of the NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. Defensive end Robert Quinn and wide receiver Greg Little were declared permanently ineligible, while defensive tackle Marvin Austin was dismissed from the program. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Robert Quinn faces pressure at UNC's pro day

North Carolina linebacker Robert Quinn will be a first-round draft pick. How high he goes could be determined by his performance at the Tar Heels' pro day Thursday in Chapel Hill. Quinn, who missed the entire 2010 season because of an NCAA suspension and turned in a less than spectacular performance at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, needs to come up big on Thursday. (Sporting News)

Rod Broadway: The solution at A&T?

I had the chance to speak with new A&T football coach Rod Broadway at a recent meet-and-greet for area Carolina alumni. Broadway, an All-ACC defensive lineman as a senior, played for the Tar Heel football team. He has won everywhere he has gone, most recently at Grambling and, before that, N.C. Central. But he’ll have his work cut out at A&T, which seems to have forgotten how to win. (Greensboro News & Record)

Lawrence Taylor sentenced to six years probation

Former football star Lawrence Taylor was sentenced Tuesday to six years on probation for an encounter with an underage prostitute, but the girl told the media afterward that he should have gone to jail. The New York Giants ex-linebacker pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and having sex with an underage prostitute. (Yahoo!)

Source: Kansas City Chiefs to work out Ryan Taylor on Wednesday

UNC tight end Ryan Taylor is scheduled to work out for the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Taylor is slated to audition for Chiefs tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee. A special-teams captain for the Tar Heels, Taylor offers positional versatility because he can play fullback or H-back and is regarded as a physical, aggressive player. (Yahoo! Sports)

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