UNC Offensive Lineman Russell Bodine Forgoes Final Season to Enter NFL Draft

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.”


Heel’s Bernard and Williams Go 2nd And 3rd Rounds In NFL Draft

CHAPEL HILL – UNC’s Giovani Bernard was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 37th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.  Brennan Williams followed, selected by the Houston Texans with the 89th pick.

Carolina has produced three of the first 37 picks in this year’s draft, the most for the Tar Heels since 1998.

No. 7 pick Jonathan Cooper, and No. 28 pick Sylvester Williams, were drafted Thursday night in the 1st round.

Giovani Bernard

Bernard was the first running back picked in the draft and the first time Carolina has had the first running back taken in the draft. However, it’s the lowest pick the first-running back has been selected in draft history.

Bernard had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2011 and 2012.  He elected to skip his final two years and go-pro following his sophomore season.

As a senior, Bernard rushed 184 times for 1,228 yards and 12 touchdowns, had 47 receptions for 490 yards and five touchdowns, and 16 punt returns for 263 yards and two touchdowns.  He set a UNC single-season record with 198.1 all-purpose yards per game.

Brennan Williams

Williams and Cooper are the first UNC offensive linemen duo to be selected in the same draft since 1985.

Williams earned honorable mention All-ACC accolades for his play in 2012 despite missing the final four games with shoulder surgery.

The offensive tackle had a career-high 23 knockdown blocks to help the Heels rush for 339 yards in the win over Virginia Tech last season.

Williams’ father, Brent, played in the NFL from 1986-93 with New England, Seattle and the New York Jets.