Injuries Force End to Career for Two Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina junior offensive tackle Drew Hunter and sophomore offensive guard Mickey Rice have been medically disqualified from competition due to injuries sustained as a Tar Heel football player. Both Hunter and Rice will continue their education and will remain on scholarship at Carolina.

"I am very disappointed for Drew and Mickey that they will no longer be able to play football," said Tar Heel head coach John Bunting. "We discussed both situations with the players involved and our medical staff, and all parties felt it was best that Drew and Mickey end their playing careers. Both young men will remain in school, will graduate from UNC and will remain a part of our program."

Hunter, a native of Garner, N.C., saw limited action in 2002 and 2003, playing a career-best 10 snaps in the last season's opener against Florida State. Hunter attended Ravenscroft High School.

Rice redshirted in 2002 and did not play last season. A defensive lineman in high school, Rice is from Union, S.C., and prepped at Union High School.

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