Paige-Moss Entering NFL Draft

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina junior defensive end Donte Paige-Moss has notified the school of his intention to enter the NFL Draft, according to a UNC official.

Paige-Moss, who posted 29 tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss in a backup role in 2011, tore the ACL in his right knee during the Independence Bowl last week.

The Jacksonville, N.C. native had his biggest year in 2010, starting 12 games and recording 49 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses of 77 yards and 7.0 sacks.

Paige-Moss was a five-star recruit and All-American out of high school, but made headlines with a couple off-the-field issues during his freshman year. A month after enrolling in 2009, he was charged with misdemeanor simple assault following an altercation with a teammate, though the charge was dropped and he was disciplined internally. In the 2009 regular season finale against NC State, a post-game altercation led to him being suspended by then-head coach Butch Davis for the team's bowl game.

He entered 2011 on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Award -- both national honors presented to the nation's top defensive football player -- but sophomore Kareem Martin emerged from preseason camp atop the depth chart at his defensive end position.

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