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PLAYERS: Jonathan Cooper
Jonathan Cooper (Heels in the Pro’s) How many times have you heard the phrase “in football you are but one play from an injury”? Unfortunately for the Arizona Cardinals and their first round pick, former UNC offensive line man Jonathan Cooper, that phrase came calling last night. And it is not a minor thing, as the Cards’ coach, Bruce Arians, said… “Right now it’s looking more like the season,” when speaking of the young man’s injury, which is a broken leg. Jonathan Cooper being carted off after breaking his leg Cooper, picked seventh in this year’s NFL Draft, had earned the starting role at left guard for a new looking line set up for this season. And then the third quarter came along last night for the first year man, who had missed a few practices while negotiating his contract, but was going to be a corner stone. “Our offensive line had started to gel a little bit and he was playing extremely well,” Arians added. “You hate it for him and you hate it for the entire front, but the next man’s got to step up. That’s what has to happen.“ And while that might sound harsh, that is the reality of playing sports at a level above recreational. And I am sure that while the former UNC Football player wished did not happen, he will also realize that this is a set back, but it’s not the end of anything. Once all the tests are done the Cardinals will see how to deal with their lineman. If there was a chance he could come back this season then the club could place him on injured reserve with the option to activate him later in the season. Only time will tell how this will go. For now let’s hope that, no matter how long it takes, Cooper will come back to the NFL just as strong as he was before this happened!

UNC Football: Fedora in the spotlight is good, or not?

Head Coach Larry Fedora in Kenan (Picture by Tar Nation on Facebook) As I always say, one of the best part about being a non professional blogger is that I get to read a ton of stuff about my favorite school. Today was no difference as I stumbled upon a piece on USA Today’s web site, which talked about “football coaches you need to know now”. One of the five mentioned was UNC...

UNC Football: The beginning of the season…

Ready or not, here it comes! The UNC Football season that is, and while the coaching staff and players have to worry about “one game at a time” I have decided to break down the season into thirds. In this post some thoughts about the first four games that head coach Larry Fedora and his squad will face in the upcoming season. Before going with the post, let me just say, that...

Heels in the Pro’s: Cinci have Bernard, cut 2 other Heels

Heels in the Pro’s If you love UNC Football and follow its former players at the next level there is now way that the stories about Giovani Bernard could have slipped you by. Heck, he has been doing so well in the pre season that Yahoo Sports did a video/article about him climbing up in the fantasy world. You know you are doing something right when that is happening! On the other...

UNC Football: Can it be as good as basketball?

For as long as I can remember, and I have been watching UNC Football and basketball going on over a third of a century now, one of the theories I have heard a lot has been… North Carolina is a basketball school that also has a football program. When you look at the results of the two sports you would have to agree, even if legendary coach Dean Smith once said something to the affect...

UNC: Depth Chart for South Carolina

Game week has arrived and the Tar Heels have broken camp to begin preparation for the opener versus South Carolina in Columbia. The post-camp depth chart can be found here. There really isn't too much here outside a couple of question marks. Only one of the five offensive line positions lists a "OR" for the starter with Jon Heck, Kiaro Holts and Nick Appel in the mix...
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