University of North Carolina quarterback Luke Huard has decided to forego the remaining two years of his athletic eligibility, head coach John Bunting announced today. Huard, a 6-4, 247-pound fourth-year junior, will remain at Carolina on scholarship and is on track to graduate in May.
"I feel it is in my best interest for my health and my future that I step aside from playing football," Huard said. "This is the toughest choice I've ever made considering football has been a huge part of my life as I've been playing since I was nine years old. I did not get a chance to participate in training camp and I am still feeling the affects of a shoulder injury from two years ago, so I feel this decision is for the best. I look forward to focusing on my education and receiving my degree from this great University. I wish Coach Bunting and my teammates the very best and look forward to supporting them any way I can."
Huard played in seven games and made four starts as a redshirt freshman in 1999. He did not play in the final two games of the 1999 season because of a bruised right rotator cuff, an injury he suffered against Georgia Tech (the same game in which Ronald Curry ruptured his achilles tendon) and then re-injured the following week against Houston. Huard did not play in a game last season.
Huard completed 29 of 75 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown in his Carolina career.
"Luke is a student-athlete in the truest since and even though he has decided to forego his final two years of eligibility, it is important for him to stay here and earn his degree," said Bunting. "I want to do everything I can to help Luke be successful in the future. He has expressed an interest in coaching and I've offered him a position as a volunteer student coach. Whatever he decides, I wish him the best."