Bunting and the Tar Heels began the season 0-3, but then won five consecutive games, including a 41-9 victory over then-No. 6 Florida State and a 38-3 victory at Clemson. The FSU victory was Bunting's first and it was UNC's first ever win over the Seminoles. Carolina needs to win two of its remaining three games to become bowl eligible.
Peppers, a junior from Bailey, N.C., has 47 tackles and leads the team with 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for losses. He has 51 career tackles for losses and 29.5 career sacks. He is just three sacks shy of Greg Ellis's school record of 32.5. Peppers, who has been mentioned as a candidate for the Lombardi Award (best lineman), Bronko Nagurski Award (best overall defensive player) and Heisman Trophy (best overall player), has more sacks in a two-year period (23.5) than any other player in school history.
Peppers leads a Carolina defense that ranks 20th in the nation in yards allowed.