Bernard Out for Season

UNC freshman running back Giovani Bernard tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee Sunday afternoon during practice at Navy Fields.

The Davie, Fla. native planted his right foot while making a move in a 1-on-1 drill and the ligament tore when he made the cut.

UNC head coach Butch Davis told reporters on Monday afternoon that Bernard will likely have surgery in the next 10-12 days after the swelling goes down. The injury will force Bernard to miss the 2010 season and the staff will fill out the NCAA documentation needed to qualify for a medical redshirt.

While Davis indicated that it was too early to determine how much Bernard could have participated this fall, he did provide a clue as how to severe the injury is for the 5-foot-10, 205-pound tailback.

"Fortunately, it's not in the A.J. Blue category," Davis said, referencing UNC's sophomore running back that had his ACL and PCL reconstructed and his MCL repaired last season.

Davis expects a full recovery.

"We've had huge success – our medical people have done a great job," Davis said. "Just take a look at guys like Matt Merletti and how he's been able to bounce back and the success that he's had. Carl Gaskins is another guy. No one ever likes for any kid to get injured. It's an unfortunate thing, but he'll bounce back. He's a very strong mental person and I know that he'll attack the rehab."

Bernard was rated the No. 2 tailback in Florida by the Orland Sun-Sentinel and the No. 12 running back in the country by following a standout high school career at St. Thomas Aquinas.

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