Mike Voight News Archive

Run the numbers with UNC’s talented RB duo in an I or Veer formation

The powerful style of Elijah Hood and speed of T.J. Logan form among one of the most talented running-back tandems on one Tar Heels team in program history. They potentially could be in the same company as Ethan Horton and Tyrone Anthony in 1983, Amos Lawrence and Kelvin Bryant in 1980 or Mike Voight and James “Boom Boom” Betterson in 1974.

Tudor: Bernard has shot at ending UNC drought for top ACC award

There’s no way to predict how much, if any, the missed early games will impact Giovani Bernard’s voting support. But if he can continue to perform the way has, Bernard could become the first North Carolina offensive player since Mike Voight in 1976 to be conference player of the year. Defender Lawrence Taylor won in 1980.

Former Coach Bill Dooley Remembers Mike Voight As Fearless

The second leading rusher in UNC History, Mike Voight died early Tuesday morning at his home in Tidewater, VA from causes not immediately known. He was 58. Bill Dooley was the head coach of the Tar Heels from 1967-77—Voight attended Carolina from 1973-76. Dooley says Voight was a hard worker from the outset.

Brewer: Mike Voight Leaves Great Football Legacy

When Mike Voight passed away this week, he left behind a legacy of football greatness at North Carolina. He is still the second-leading rusher in school history and ranks second in career touchdowns. He was ACC Player of the Year in both 1975 and 1976. Voight ran for 3,971 yards and scored 42 touchdowns from 1973 to 1976 at Carolina. He was the first ACC player to ever post three 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Spirited Voight made his mark on ACC football

Nicknamed “The Space Cowboy”, Mike Voight's post-game quotes often were spicy and always spontaneous. After a dramatic 12-10 win over nationally 20th-ranked ECU in 1976 at Kenan Stadium, Voight told reporters he didn’t have but five minutes for interviews because he wanted to get outside fast and meet some of the Pirate coeds before they left the parking lots.

Mike Voight: Toughest Tar Heel

Mike Voight was a two-time ACC Player of the Year and is UNC's second all-time leading rusher. Beyond the accolades, his legacy was that of a warrior with unparalleled toughness and a devoted teammate. With the news that Voight passed away earlier this week, Inside Carolina has re-published a magazine feature on the Tar Heel legend.

Remembering the Space Cowboy

Big. Physical. Tough as nails. A fun-loving party animal. An awesome teammate and devoted friend. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe former star UNC running back Mike Voight, who died Wednesday of a heart attack in his home in Virginia at the way-too-young age of 58. In the 'three yards and a cloud of dust,' era, Voight was more 'five yards and a couple of cracked heads' type of guy.

Former UNC running back Mike Voight dies at age 58

Mike Voight, the second leading rusher in UNC history and a 2-time ACC player of the year, has died. He was 58. Voight's attorney, SuAnne Hardee Bryant, said Voight was found Tuesday morning at his home in Chesapeake, Va. Bryant said the cause of death wasn't immediately known. Voight ran for 3,971 yards and 42 touchdowns. He had three 1,000-yard seasons and twice was the top rusher in the ACC.

Independence Bowl - Postgame Notes

Redshirt freshman tailback Giovani Bernard finishes the season with 1,253 rushing yards, the most ever by a UNC freshman. His 2011 total ranks third on the school's single-season rushing chart,behind only Don McCauley (1970) and Mike Voight (1976). Dwight Jones finishes his career with 152 catches and 2,163 receiving yards, good for fifth-most in school history in both categories.

Extra Points: A Smoldering Rivalry Rekindled

All in all, it was quite a lot of fun if you enjoy college football--especially if you pull for the Tar Heels and revel in outstanding defense and the suspense of watching an offense scrape and claw to find something that's working and sticking with it, a la Ryan Houston in a performance that Mike Voight himself would have been proud of.

A different kind of Top 10

Tar Heel tailback Barrington Edwards loves to talk and to play football, but can he match his words with production? And perhaps just as important, will he prove durable enough to carry the ball as much as UNC needs him to? The kid is going to going to get hit a lot. If he can run with the endurance and durability of a Don McCauley, Mike Voight, Ethan Horton or Natrone Means, the name of the backup isn't going to matter much.

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