Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/1/12
After North Carolina beat N.C. State last week with what I call “The Return” by red shirt sophomore Giovani Bernard I doubt that there should be any excuse not to go see UNC football in their last few games. But, if you still need something to get you to Kenan Stadium, the beautiful facility that the Tar Heels call home, here it is… get to the games versus Georgia Tech (11/10) and Maryland (11/24) cause it will be the last two times you might see Bernard in a Carolina jersey. When asked, the running back said that… “People were talking about it before the season even started,” Bernard said. “For me, I told myself, I told everybody, I’m not going to think about it until after the season. If things look good for me, I may go, I may not.” If you look at the Bernard’s stats things don’t just look good right now, they look great, as the back leads college football in all purpose yards (1498) and punt return average (35.6) while being third in rushing yards (930). And has racked up all of this while missing two entire games and playing sparingly in two others. Without a doubt, with three games left on the season, the young man will once again have a 1,000 yards rushing for the squad, something that had not happened since 1997. If he keeps up his 132.86 yards per game he will shatter the 1253 mark he had a season ago. But what might make up Bernard’s mind might be the negatives more than the positives. He missed the 2010 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee and then missed two games this year with an injury to his left knee. He has probably watched what has happened to another running back this weekend, Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina), who suffered a horrific knee injury. In a position like running back, where the years in the NFL are not many, the young man needs to get there without any more injuries. Add to all of this the reality that next year’s offensive line will not be as good as the one that Bernard is running behind this season, and there is no doubt in my mind if the tail back should go pro or not. From a Scout Insider blog it seems that they now have Bernard as their top running back prospect, going in the middle of the second round, if he was to leave UNC and head to the pro’s after this season. So, Tar Heel nation, try to take some time from your busy schedule and find a way to get to Kenan for two weekends and root for both the UNC Football and the tail back, it might just be the last time you can do such before he turns pro. But before anyone begins to edge towards the roof ledges because Bernard might be leaving, let’s all remember that behind Bernard there is a pair of running backs named Romar Morris and A.J. Blue, which are going to do just fine when their time comes, and might just keep the 1,000 yards rusher streak going in Chapel Hill. As usual for more information about North Carolina football and/or basketball, teams and players, present and past, make sure to check back often on isportsweb!

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