North Carolina will be at least a little stronger on Saturday when its football season resumes in a game against Georgia Tech after a key player gained eligibility yesterday. Shaun Draughn, the starting tailback for the last two seasons, was approved to play after school officials worked with the NCAA to determine that he could be cleared for his involvement in either or both of two investigations into the football program.
Tar Heels' Draughn cleared to return
The Winston-Salem Journal
Senior running back Shaun Draughn became the first of six North Carolina players held out of the season-opening loss against LSU to be cleared of NCAA or school violations Monday.
UNC clears running back for ACC opener
The Fayetteville Observer
Given the amount of difficulties faced by North Carolina's football team already this season, Monday's news that senior running back Shaun Draughn has been cleared to return for Saturday's game against visiting Georgia Tech was a rare break in the Tar Heels' favor.
Tar Heels running back cleared to play
The Burlington Times-News
School spokesman Kevin Best said Draughn won't talk with the media until after Saturday's game. Draughn has been practicing while his status was in question, though he's listed alongside Johnny White and Anthony Elzy on a jumbled depth chart.
Draughn back in picture for North Carolina
The Associated Press
The University of North Carolina's football program has been feeling the weight of the world the past two months because of the ongoing NCAA and school investigation into players' relationships with agents and academic tutors.
But Gastonia's Jheranie Boyd found a way to thrive – with some help – in the Tar Heels' season-opener and is hopeful of doing it again this Saturday when UNC opens its league schedule against Georgia Tech.
Former Ashbrook star hoping to help Tar Heels even more in ACC opener
The Gaston Gazette
For T.J. Yates, a simple transfer of the football to a tailback on Saturday will feel more like getting a leg up than administering a handoff.
Yates didn't object to the disproportionate burden he bore in North Carolina's season-opening game with LSU in the Georgia Dome 12 days ago. Still, the quarterback from Marietta was pleased to learn Monday that top running back Shaun Draughn has been cleared to play against Georgia Tech this week. The news still leaves a dozen Tar Heels in limbo, but after revelations of NCAA and university investigations dominated talk for weeks, it was nice to have something cheery to ponder.
UNC QB ready for Tech
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In the past 10 days, much has been said about Joshua Nesbitt's passing ability and his success throwing in Georgia Tech's offense.
To some, the fact that a Heisman hopeful quarterback like him has only completed six of his 21 passes this season is alarming and enough to signal that his name may not belong in the race for the esteemed trophy.
Johnson says passing game a priority in practice
The Macon Telegraph