CHAPEL HILL– UNC offensive lineman Russell Bodine has decided to forego his senior season as a Tar Heel and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, joining his classmate Eric Ebron in his decision.

Bodine has started two years for Carolina, mostly at center, but he also played some at left guard in 2013.

Bodine says playing in the NFL has always been a dream and is ready to move on the next level in his career. Bodine says he is thankful for all his years at UNC for “helping me become a better player and person.”

“It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NFL and I feel I’m ready to take the next step in my playing career,” says Bodine.  “I have been thinking about this for several weeks, weighing all my options and discussing it with my parents and the coaching staff.  I feel it is the right time to move forward.

“I want to thank the coaching staff at North Carolina for helping me become a better player and person.  I’ve had the opportunity to play in both a pro-style offense and a spread offense and I think that will enhance my opportunities at the next level.”

Bodine averaged 73 snaps per game in 2013 and earned an honorable mention for All-ACC selection.

“We wish Russell the best as he takes the next step in athletic career,” says head coach Larry Fedora.  “He has been a good player for us over the last two years, starting every game on the offensive line, and has a bright future ahead of him.”