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  01/01/22 - Sam HowellJr/2022, North Carolina, 6-1, 220 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Howell's decision was not surprising, but he made it official Saturday with a video posted on North Carolina football's official Twitter account. He is considered a potential first-round draft pick. The junior will leave college as North Carolina's most prolific quarterback, with career records in yards passing (10,283) and total offense (11,292). The 6-foot-1, 220 pounder from Indiana Trail, North Carolina, was a blue-chip recruit out of high school who changed his mind late and signed with the Tar Heels and coach Mack Brown instead of Florid State. Howell thanked teammates, coaches, North Carolina fans and God during his goodbye video. "I'll forever be grateful for my time here at Carolina and for all the people who made it so special," Howell said. - AP College Football

(DS#4 QB) Jr/2022 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  12/10/21 - Sam HowellJr/2022, North Carolina, 6-1, 220 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  North Carolina coach Mack Brown tried to bring clarity on Sam Howell's future, where there's still some confusion, while speaking Wednesday about the Tar Heels' invitation to the Duke's Mayo Bowl in Charlotte. Howell, a junior quarterback, will be playing in the game against South Carolina on Dec. 30 in Bank of America Stadium. What is still somewhat unclear is if it will be the last game in a UNC uniform for Howell before he embarks on an NFL career. "I'm really excited about Sam Howell playing and all he's accomplished and what he's done," Brown said. "This could be his last game. He hasn't told us for sure yet." That's the part that has some Carolina fans wondering if Howell is open to the possibility of returning for his senior season.

He participated in Senior Day activities during the Heels' win over Wofford 34-14 on Nov. 20. But even that week before the game, Howell said he hadn't made a decision about his future. His reasoning for being involved with Senior Day was because he will complete his undergraduate degree this semester. Brown is still proceeding as if Howell is going to leave. Brown has been saying since last season that Howell would leave for the NFL after this season because his draft stock is so high. "He's going to be a first-round draft choice in my estimation," Brown said. "His family is getting information just like all the other guys to make that decision. Normally, we've told our guys if you're a first-rounder, go, but he doesn't want to be a distraction for the team." - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#4 QB) Jr/2022 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  12/08/21 - Josh DownsJr/2024, North Carolina, 5-10, 180 (DS#3 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): WR - Josh Downs, North Carolina, 161 votes,...Downs enjoyed a breakout sophomore season by setting program records for receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,273), while also scoring eight touchdowns. He leads the ACC and is second nationally in catches and is second in the league and eighth in the country in receiving yards. - North Carolina Football

(DS#3 WR) Jr/2024 WR Josh DownsNorth Carolina
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  12/08/21 - Ty ChandlerrSr/2022, North Carolina, 5-11, 210 (DS#35 RB) + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): RB - Ty Chandler, North Carolina, 120 votes,...Chandler filled the void left by All-America running backs Michael Carter and Javonte Williams when they left for the NFL by rushing for 1,063 yards in his lone season in Chapel Hill. Among ACC rushers, the Tennessee transfer is third in both yards gained on the ground and touchdowns with 13. - North Carolina Football

(DS#35 RB) rSr/2022 RB Ty ChandlerNorth Carolina
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  12/08/21 - Tony GrimesJr/2024, North Carolina, 6-1, 195 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): CB - Tony Grimes, North Carolina, 39 votes,...Grimes ranked second in the league with nine pass breakups in his sophomore season. He has 41 tackles and a pair of tackles for loss. - North Carolina Football

(DS#6 CB) Jr/2024 CB Tony GrimesNorth Carolina
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  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): DT - Ray Vohasek, North Carolina, 36 votes,...Vohasek came up with 34 tackles, four tackles for loss, four hurries, three breakups and one sack in his final season with the Tar Heels. - North Carolina Football

(DS#83 DT) Sr/2022 DT Raymond VohasekNorth Carolina
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  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): OG - Marcus McKethan, North Carolina, 28 votes,...Joshua Ezeudu and Marcus McKethan helped anchor an offensive line that produced 36.4 points per game (third in the ACC) and 479.9 yards of offense per game, the fourth-best figure in the league. - North Carolina Football

(DS#26 OG) rSr/2022 OG Marcus McKethanNorth Carolina
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  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): OG - Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina, 42 votes,...Joshua Ezeudu and Marcus McKethan helped anchor an offensive line that produced 36.4 points per game (third in the ACC) and 479.9 yards of offense per game, the fourth-best figure in the league. - North Carolina Football

(DS#17 OG) rJr/2022 OG Joshua EzeuduNorth Carolina
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  12/08/21 - Sam HowellJr/2022, North Carolina, 6-1, 220 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): QB - Sam Howell, North Carolina, 19 votes,...Howell accounted for 3,677 yards of total offense and 34 touchdowns during his junior season. He is 205 of 327 for 2,851 passing yards and has thrown 23 touchdowns. He ranks second nationally among quarterbacks with a career-high 826 rushing yards and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground this season. - North Carolina Football

(DS#4 QB) Jr/2022 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  12/08/21 - CamRon KellySr/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 210 (DS#5 SS) + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): S - Cam'Ron Kelly, North Carolina, 61 votes,...Kelly is tied for the ACC lead with four interceptions and sits third on the team with 57 tackles. - North Carolina Football

(DS#5 SS) Sr/2023 SS CamRon KellyNorth Carolina
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  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): LB - Jeremiah Gemmel, North Carolina, 39 votes,...Gemmel is second on the team with 73 tackles and leads the Tar Heel defense with seven hurries. He has three breakups, one interception and one forced fumble in his senior campaign. - North Carolina Football

(DS#27 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Jeremiah GemmelNorth Carolina
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  12/08/21 - Tomon FoxrSr/2022, North Carolina, 6-2, 248 (DS#27 OLB) + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): LB - Tomon Fox, North Carolina, 40 votes,...Fox leads Carolina with 7.5 sacks (fifth in the ACC) and 9.0 tackles for loss. The 2020 honorable mention All-ACC selection also came up with 31 stops and six hurries. - North Carolina Football

(DS#27 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Tomon FoxNorth Carolina
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  12/08/21 - Myles MurphyJr/2024, North Carolina, 6-3, 305 (DS#16 DT) + More +

  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DT - Myles Murphy, North Carolina, 69 votes,...Murphy also enjoyed an outstanding second season with the Tar Heels. The defensive lineman has started all 12 games and is second on the team with four sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. He also has 32 tackles and three pass breakups this season. - North Carolina Football

(DS#16 DT) Jr/2024 DT Myles MurphyNorth Carolina
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  11/20/21 - Sam HowellJr/2022, North Carolina, 6-1, 220 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Playing without quarterback Sam Howell, North Carolina ran for 305 yards to beat Wofford 34-14 on Saturday, becoming bowl eligible in the process. Howell, who was a game-time decision, missed the first game of his career due to an upper-body injury suffered against No. 20 Pittsburgh last week. Jacolby Criswell started for the Tar Heels and threw for 125 yards, adding 66 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Freshman Drake Maye took over after halftime and finished with 89 yards. The Tar Heels (6-5, 3-4 ACC) never trailed in a Senior Day win where they held the Terriers (1-10, 0-8 Southern Conference) to 242 total yards and rode a ground game that scored three times. British Brooks led the Tar Heel rushing attack with 89 yards and two touchdowns, while Ty Chandler added 78 yards. Saturday might have marked a home finale for Howell, a junior and top NFL prospect who participated in the team's Senior Day festivities. Terrier quarterback Peyton Derrick finished with 37 passing yards and 69 rushing yards. - North Carolina/AP College Football

(DS#4 QB) Jr/2022 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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  11/15/21 - Sam HowellJr/2022, North Carolina, 6-1, 220 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell is dealing with an upper-body injury that could sideline him for what coach Mack Brown said will be his final home game Saturday against Wofford. Team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe said Monday that Howell is considered day-to-day with an injury to his non-throwing side after last week's overtime loss at Pittsburgh and would be a gametime decision. Brown later said Howell would spend the week working with team doctors and it was unclear how much he might practice, though the junior is expected to be ready for the regular-season finale at 25th-ranked rival North Carolina State on Nov. 26. "He wants to play Saturday," Brown said. "If he can, he will." Brown had said in preseason that the team was treating this year as though it would be the last for Howell, who has started every game for the Tar Heels dating to his time as a true freshman during Brown's second tenure in Chapel Hill.

Howell has gone on to set the program's career records for passing yardage, passing touchdowns, touchdown responsibility and total offense while making himself a high NFL draft prospect. "I haven't thought Sam was coming back since last year," Brown said. "I have never had one thought about him coming back, and he's going to be a first-round draft choice. So I think he should leave." Howell has never missed a college game and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every one. He currently is seventh in the Bowl Subdivision ranks in total offense (343 yards per game) thanks to an expanded running game that has seen him have six games with at least 98 yards rushing. But he's taken a beating this year behind a veteran offensive line that has struggled with injuries at center and inconsistency. UNC has surrendered 39 sacks, tied with Tennessee for the most allowed by any power-conference team. - AP College Football


(DS#4 QB) Jr/2022 QB Sam HowellNorth Carolina
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