Three Tar Heels Named To Blue Gray All-Star Game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Three senior Tar Heel football players will represent the University of North Carolina in the 65th Blue Gray All-Star Classic on December 25, 2003, in Troy, Ala. Offensive guard Jupiter Wilson, tight end Bobby Blizzard and defensive back/kick returner Michael Waddell will play for the Gray team, which will be coached on defense by UNC head coach John Bunting.

"I'm excited for Jupiter, Bobby and Michael," said Bunting. "All three of those players deserve a chance to showcase their skills to a national audience. Jupiter had a strong senior season, Michael is one of the best return men in the country and Bobby is still one of the top tight ends in the ACC despite struggling this year with illness and injury. As they did throughout their careers, I believe they will represent the University well in the Blue Gray game. "

A native of Ellerbe, N.C., Waddell is currently tied for first in the nation in kickoff returns with a 31.7-yard average. After sitting out his first season at Carolina as a partial qualifier in 1999, Waddell graduated prior to the 2003 season and earned back his final year of eligibility. He finished the 2003 season with 25 kickoff returns for 475 yards, including a 97-yard for a touchdown at Wisconsin. He also was first on the team in punt returns, averaging 14.5 yards, a mark that would have ranked first in the ACC if he had had enough attempts.

Wilson rebounded from a difficult season in 2002 to start all 12 games in 2003. A native of Chesapeake, Va., Wilson helped Carolina lead the league with an average of 4.7 yards per rush.

Slowed by a severe viral illness early in the season and a calf strain late in the year, Blizzard finished the season with 20 receptions for 161 yards and one touchdown.

The Blue Gray All-Star Classic will be played at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium on the campus of Troy State University in Troy, Ala., and will be televised nationally by ESPN2 . Kickoff is at 3 p.m. eastern. Players and coaches will report to Montgomery, Ala., for workouts on December 19th.

The Blue Gray All-Star Classic is the first post-season all-star game each season and is returning to the postseason all-star lineup after a one-year hiatus.

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