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UNC DE Junior Gnonkonde Moving On

The Ivory Coast native was a key member of UNC's defensive line rotation last fall.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde will not play his senior season at North Carolina, Larry Fedora confirmed on Tuesday.

“He graduates in May and won’t be with us in the fall,” Fedora said after UNC’s second practice of spring ball.

Gnonkonde, a native of the Ivory Coast, appeared in 11 games in 2015 and finished with 34 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and eight quarterback hurries. He totaled 97 tackles and 12 tackles for loss in 37 career games.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder had two career starts, both coming last fall.

Upon graduation, Gnonkonde will be eligible to play next season as a graduate transfer at another school provided he seeks a graduate degree in a major not offered at UNC.

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