Carter, Pelc Sidelined for Bowl Game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina senior starters Bruce Carter and Alan Pelc both underwent surgery this week and will be sidelined for the Music City Bowl later this month.

Carter, a linebacker, had ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning. Dr. Jeff Spang performed the operation at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. A native of Havelock, N.C., Carter will not play in Carolina's bowl game vs. Tennessee on Dec. 30. He is expected to return to full participation in the fall of 2011. Carter originally injured his knee against NC State on Nov. 20, 2010

Pelc, an offensive guard, had surgery Monday afternoon (Dec. 13) to repair his left shoulder. Dr. Alex Creighton performed the surgery at UNC Hospitals. A native of Houston, Texas, Pelc will begin rehabilitation immediately and also will not play in the bowl game against the Volunteers.

"Bruce and Alan have meant so much to this program," said head coach Butch Davis. "They have been great kids, great leaders and, most importantly, they will graduate Sunday with a degree from the University of North Carolina. Obviously, we are disappointed for them that they will not be able to play in the bowl game. However, our main concern is their health and preparing for the future."

Carter started 43 games at Carolina, including 10 thisseason. He was twice named second-team All-ACC (2009 & 2010) and was a 2010 finalist for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the nation's top linebacker. Carter blocked seven kicks in his career and scored twice on interception returns.

Pelc started 34 games in his career, including 11 thisseason. He graded out over 75 percent in 2010 while playing offensive guard and center.

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