North Carolina will welcome back one of its top defenders this week but will be without its starting fullback for the rest of the season. Charles Brown, a senior cornerback, will be eligible to play in Saturday's home game against Rutgers after sitting out last week's opener for his role in the two investigations into the football program last year. Devon Ramsay, a senior fullback, tore the anterior-cruciate and medial-collateral ligaments in his left knee in a 42-10 win against James Madison and will have season-ending surgery next week.
UNC gets CB back, loses FB
The Winston-Salem Journal
Riverside High School's Curtis Byrd will be replacing Devon Ramsay as North Carolina's starting fullback for the second straight year.
Byrd made six starts in 2010 after Ramsay was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA a month into the season. The NCAA reversed its decision in February, but Ramsay tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in Saturday's win over James Madison and will undergo season-ending surgery next week at UNC Hospitals.
Ramsay out, Byrd in again for UNC
The Durham Herald-Sun
He set an Atlantic Coast Conference single-game passing percentage mark, tied a school record and led his team to victory in his first collegiate start.
But North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner spent more time Monday talking about the mistakes he made Saturday in a 42-10 season-opening victory against James Madison, and how those need to be eliminated to be successful against the next foe, Rutgers.
UNC's Bryn Renner looks to build on record-setting debut
The Fayetteville Observer
Devon Ramsay's football season is ending early this year, too.
A season after sitting out for weeks because of investigations involving NCAA violations and academic misconducts within the program, Ramsay is done this year because of torn knee ligaments.
Tar Heels lose fullback Ramsay to knee injury
The Burlington Times-News
When North Carolina tailback Gio Bernard pointed to the sky after his first career touchdown Saturday, he wasn't only thanking God. He was acknowledging his mother, Josette Liberus, who passed away when he was 10 - and who he calls his lead blocker.
"On my left glove, I write 'J.L.,' her initials," Bernard said Monday, two days after he recorded 64 yards on nine carries with two scores, in his college debut as UNC's backup tailback.
"On my cleats, I write 'J.L.' .... She's always with me, she's always watching me, she's like another fullback to me, almost - she's always leading the way for me."
Mother inspires UNC tailback Bernard
The News and Observer
Nothing that happens to Rutgers on Saturday at North Carolina will make or break the Scarlet Knights' season. But if recent history follows, it will offer a peek into the fall and whether challenging for the Big East title is realistic or settling for a second-tier bowl is the reality.
Rutgers hopes to slow North Carolina's Bryn Renner in effort to avoid past mistakes
Chas Dodd isn't sure how Rutgers' tailback situation will shake out this weekend at North Carolina, but he is certain of one thing: The production has to improve to beat a team the caliber of the Tar Heels, regardless of who gets the bulk of the carries.
Rutgers aims to improve running game for North Carolina matchup