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Injury Ends Sam Smiley's Season

The senior started 21 games during his Tar Heel career.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sam Smiley, who helped shore up the secondary in North Carolina's resurgent defense, will miss the postseason.

The senior suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in UNC's win over N.C. State last week that will end his season. He had surgery on Wednesday, the school confirmed.

Smiley, a Jacksonville, Fla. native, started all but one of UNC's regular season games in 2015, totaling 48 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. He sat out his sophomore year due to injury, but recorded a combined 10 starts and 78 tackles as a freshman and junior.

Junior Dominquie Green has been Smiley's backup this year at free safety, starting the Miami game that Smiley missed and posting a team-high eight tackles, and taking Smiley's place against N.C. State after the injury. Green has 25 tackles and an interception this season, plus extensive starting experience his first two years at UNC (22 starts, 100 tackles in 2013-14).


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