Elijah Hood

Four UNC Players Selected in Final Four Rounds of NFL Draft

The 2017 NFL Draft came to its conclusion on Saturday in Philadelphia, as teams completed rounds four through seven. Four Tar Heels heard their names called as part of the proceedings, bringing the team’s total to six over the three-day event. Wide receivers Mack Hollins and Ryan Switzer will now go from teammates to rivals in the NFC East. Hollins–the 6-foot-5-inch deep threat, who also stands out on special teams–will join the Philadelphia Eagles after being selected in the fourth round with 118th overall pick. Switzer–the shifty, 5-foot-9-inch jack-of-all-trades–got the call from owner Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys...

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Seven UNC Football Players Invited to NFL Draft Combine

The road to the NFL Draft began not long after the college season ended for many Tar Heel football players, but only seven of them will have the opportunity to show their progress on the big stage at this year’s NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky–widely expected to be among the first players selected in the draft–headlines a group that includes Elijah Hood and TJ Logan, his top two running backs, and three of his wide receivers: Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard and Mack Hollins. Defensive tackle Nazair Jones was the only player from the Tar Heel defense...

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UNC RB Elijah Hood Changes Mind, Will Enter NFL Draft

In the weeks leading up to UNC’s loss to Stanford in the Sun Bowl, it was announced that junior tailback Elijah Hood would miss the game due to an unspecified medical condition–but also that Hood would be returning for his senior year in Chapel Hill. On Friday, however, the Charlotte native announced he will be entering the NFL Draft. “This was a difficult decision, but after gathering more information and talking with my family, I believe it is in my best interest to declare for the NFL Draft and pursue my dream of being a professional football player,” Hood...

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Stanford Stifles Trubisky and the Tar Heels, Holds On to Win Sun Bowl

With Friday’s Sun Bowl in El Paso seemingly viewed as an NFL Draft audition for UNC junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas and safety Dallas Lloyd decided they might as well steal some of the spotlight for themselves. Lloyd forced Trubisky into three turnovers in the No. 18 Cardinal’s 25-23 victory–while Thomas sacked the Ohio native on a potential game-tying two-point conversion with less than 30 seconds remaining. Head coach Larry Fedora made a controversial decision to punt with his team trailing late in the fourth quarter, but he was rewarded with a three-and-out by the...

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UNC’s Elijah Hood to Miss Bowl Game, Return for Senior Season

UNC junior running back Elijah Hood will miss the upcoming bowl game against Stanford on December 30 for medical reasons but will return to UNC for his senior season. The university announced the news in a release on Thursday night. Officials say Hood will remain in North Carolina when the Tar Heels travel to El Paso, Texas, to take on Stanford in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Hood issued a statement through the university: “I’m disappointed I cannot be with my football brothers for the bowl game in Texas, but it’s best for me to stay home and fully recover....

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Rejuvenated UNC Football Team Demolishes The Citadel 41-7

Having had over a week to process its disappointing loss at Duke last Thursday, the UNC football team found release valve for all of its anger on Saturday in the form of The Citadel. Although the Bulldogs arrived at Kenan Stadium as one of just two undefeated teams in the lower-tier FCS, the clearly motivated Tar Heels sent them back to Charleston with a crushing 41-7 loss. It was the second time in a three-week span UNC faced a school with a triple-option offensive attack, after defeating Georgia Tech two weeks ago. While the Yellow Jackets were able to...

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UNC Football Left to Pick Up the Pieces After Upset Loss to Duke Last Week

A week removed from a 28-27 upset loss at Duke—a team that had been winless in the ACC–in a game it led by 14 points early on, the UNC football team has spent plenty of time trying to diagnose what went wrong as it prepares for the season’s home stretch. After scoring on their first two drives last Thursday, the Tar Heels appeared to hit a wall that slowed them down the rest of the night. Duke responded with three consecutive touchdown drives of its own and UNC never quite looked like the team that had consistently found ways...

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Late Interception Seals Duke’s Upset Win Over No. 17 UNC Football

As UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky watched his final pass sail into the arms of Duke safety Alonzo Saxton on Thursday night, so too did the Tar Heels’ ACC Coastal Division hopes. That play all but sealed No. 17 UNC’s 28-27 loss to the Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium—quickly turning Trubisky’s national showcase opportunity into a disappointing night to forget. At the beginning of the night it seemed obvious that the Tar Heels were peaking at the right time, and that Trubisky was earning his spot atop Mel Kiper’s list of NFL quarterback prospects. UNC opened a 14-0 lead...

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Hood Spearheads Dominant Offensive Output as No. 21 UNC Rolls Past Georgia Tech

Entering Saturday’s ACC Coastal Division matchup against Georgia Tech and its triple option scheme, the UNC football team knew it would have to execute its plays without giving up precious opportunities. From the first possession on, though, it was clear that the Tar Heel offense had everything working—dominating the Yellow Jackets on the way to a 48-20 homecoming victory at Kenan Stadium. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky continued his run of strong performances for the Tar Heels by accounting for 373 total yards and a pair of scores, while senior receiver Bug Howard tallied his third straight 100-yard game. As a...

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UNC Football Ready For Its Annual Triple Option Exam Against Georgia Tech

Each year, the UNC football team is scheduled to play one game that’s never like the others—a flashback to a time when leather helmets were in and facemasks were out. That time is now in 2016, as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets bring their old-school triple option offense to Chapel Hill this Saturday for a homecoming matchup against the No. 21 Tar Heels. It may be somewhat of a cliché in today’s sports world to constantly bring up the triple option when discussing Georgia Tech, but the truth is that’s what makes them tick now—and it’s what’s made them...

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