Extra Points: Bonds To The Defensive Past
Two links to Carolina's grandest era of defensive football were clearly visible to the incumbent Tar Heels this spring. For one there was Ebenezer Ekuban, a first-team All-ACC end in 1998 and later a menacing pass rusher for a decade in the NFL. For another there was Dre Bly, a three-time All-America cornerback who became wealthy and decorated snatching opposing aerials across the pro football landscape.
Broncos lose DE Ekuban to torn Achilles
Denver starting defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban likely suffered a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon, and running back Travis Henry sprained his left knee in the Broncos' 31-20 preseason loss to Dallas on Saturday night. Ekuban hurt his right Achilles' in the second quarter. He slammed his helmet to the turf and was in obvious pain.
Q&A with Ebenezer Ekuban
Ebenezer Ekuban is off to a stellar start and a key reason why the Broncos have yet to surrender a touchdown this season. Ekuban has 10 tackles (7 solo) and 1.5 sacks for a loss of 11 yards through the first two games. The second-year Bronco and eight-year NFL veteran is simply continuing his strong play from last season.
Nine Former Tar Heels Alive In The NFL Playoffs
Although the college football season has ended, several Tar Heel gridiron standouts are still in action. Nine former North Carolina football players are participating in NFL playoff games this weekend, including six in the matchup between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis on Sunday:
Ethan Albright, Washington
Ebenezer Ekuban, Denver
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh
Julius Peppers, Carolina
Jeff Reed, Pittsburgh
Dexter Reid, Indianapolis
Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis
David Thornton, Indianapolis
Greg Warren, Pittsburgh
Ekuban: Hitting His Stride
How one perceives Ebenezer Ekuban and his potential contributions depends on the view one takes of the injuries that dogged him in 2004.