NFL teams sign area players
Tight end Zack Pianalto (Buffalo Bills), cornerback Kendric Burney (Carolina Panthers), running back Shaun Draughn (Washington Redskins), guard Alan Pelc (Oakland Raiders) and tackle Mike Ingersoll (Kansas City Chiefs) joined the nine former UNC players who were taken in the NFL draft in April with training camp spots.
UNC to be without several starters against Tennessee
North Carolina will be without several key players for Thursday night's Music City Bowl against Tennessee. Bruce Carter (knee) and Alan Pelc (shoulder) are both recovering after having surgery following the regular season's final game against Duke and will not play, according to the injury report released by the university Wednesday night.
Bruce Carter, Alan Pelc to miss bowl game
UNC senior linebacker Bruce Carter and senior offensive guard Alan Pelc both had surgery and will not play in the Tar Heels' bowl game against Tennessee on Dec. 30, the school announced on Tuesday. Carter had ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning and is expected to return to full participation in the fall of 2011. Carter originally injured his knee against NC State on Nov. 20, 2010
Observations: William & Mary at UNC
Senior linebacker Quan Sturdivant dressed for the game but did not play. He has not played since UNC's win at Rutgers on Sept. 25, a span of five games. Guard Alan Pelc (shoulder) did not play. That was the first game he has missed this season.
Quan Sturdivant probable for the Heels vs. William & Mary
Linebacker Quan Sturdivant (hamstring) is listed as probable for the Tar Heels against William and Mary Saturday. The other probable for the Heels is defensive tackle Jordan Nix. Mywan Jackson (thigh) and running back Anthony Elzy (shoulder) are listed as doubtful. Safety Da'Norris Searcy who suffered a concussion during play in Miami is listed as questionable along with offensive guard Alan Pelc and cornerback Tre Boston.
UNC shuffles offensive line for Georgia Tech game
Jonathan Cooper's experiment at center for UNC lasted one game. Cooper, who struggled in the Tar Heels' opener at center, will move to left guard, he said on Tuesday. Cam Holland will start at center. Holland, a junior, started eight games at center in 2009. With Cooper moving to left guard, senior Alan Pelc will flip sides and start at right guard, which moves sophomore Travis Bond to the bench.
Moves Along the Offensive Line
Jonathan Cooper returned to his left guard position during UNC’s bye week last week, as red-shirt junior Cam Holland assumed the starting center position. Fifth-year senior Alan Pelc worked this off-season at left guard, but he has returned to the right guard spot where he has earned 12 starts during his career. Pelc will likely start his third straight game at a different position on Saturday.
Tar Heels anxious to play again after close call
A gut-wrenching 30-24 loss to LSU on Saturday night in the Georgia Dome capped one of the most uncomfortable preseasons in the program’s history. Conventional wisdom might dictate that the Tar Heels would enjoy easing into this week’s bye and assuming a bit of a lower profile. Not quite. “I want to play tomorrow,” senior guard Alan Pelc said late Saturday night.
Heels playing it smart
Ryan Houston described North Carolina's offense as faster, Alan Pelc used the word "smarter," and T.J. Yates preferred the adjective "cleaner." All three UNC veterans are saying the same thing - through the first 10 days of practice, the Tar Heels' offense has looked better. How that will translate when the season starts on Sept. 4 will be determined.
UNC Football Awards Candidates
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Tar Heels on Nagurski, Outland Watch Lists
Marvin Austin, Bruce Carter, Robert Quinn and Quan Sturdivant are among the 74 best of the upcoming college football season's defensive players named to the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America announced Monday. In addition, Austin and Alan Pelc were named to the 2010 Outland Trophy Watch List as two of the nation's top interior linemen.
Duke, State, UNC wrap up spring football
Missing at UNC were guard Alan Pelc and tackle Carl Gaskins, who are recovering from surgery. Gaskins missed all of last season after injuring a knee in summer practice and was among five offensive linemen who missed at least one game. T.J. Leifheit, a freshman tackle who enrolled for the second semester, needed surgery for an ankle injury, a slight ligament tear. Sam Ellis, a walk-on who was forced to play last season, hurt a shoulder in spring practice and was limited.
Alan Pelc Out for Spring
Alan Pelc had surgery on his shoulder and will miss all of spring practice, a UNC official confirmed to Inside Carolina Sunday morning. Pelc, a 6-foot-6, 325-pound senior from Houston, tore his labrum earlier in the season, according to IC’s sources. He had surgery shortly after UNC played Pittsburgh in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Pelc has an active streak of starting 23 consecutive games.
Heels focus on the run
North Carolina's second touchdown drive in Saturday's 40-6 win over The Citadel consisted of five running plays and one passing play. The 19th-ranked Tar Heels' lone touchdown drive of the second half consisted of 11 running plays and two passing plays. "We're trying to establish our identity as running team," right guard Alan Pelc said. So far, so good.
Alan Pelc named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week
UNC junior offensive guard Alan Pelc graded out at 90 percent and had seven knockdown blocks in No. 21 North Carolina’s 40-6 win over The Citadel. Pelc anchored an offensive line that led the Tar Heels to 261 rushing yards, the first time they have broken the 200-yard mark since 2006 and the most since a 285-yard outburst against Duke in 2004. UNC had three players rush for at least 40 yards.