Audio: David Glenn Interviews Zack Pianalto
David Glenn talks with Zack Pianalto of the Carolina Panthers about his experiences in NFL and his career as a former player for UNC. Among the topics discussed: The tough training camp schedule; His hopes that current Tar Heel Eric Ebron will smash his records; And how he handled the injuries he had at UNC.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign TE Zack Pianalto
In addition, the Bucs claimed tight end Zack Pianalto off waivers per his agent Brian Ayrault. The North Carolina product spent the preseason with the Buffalo Bills, but didn't stick. He caught six passes for 59 yards during the preseason. He is supposed to be an all-around but limited tight end.
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.
Buffalo Bills reach agreement with tight end Zack Pianalto
The Bills have reached a contract agreement with undrafted free agent tight end Zack Pianalto from North Carolina. Pianalto is 6-3, 256 pounds. He likely would have been drafted, but broke his collarbone after six games. He was fourth in the ACC in receiving when hurt. Pianalto was a top recruit of Tar Heels coach Butch Davis out of high school, picking UNC over Texas and some other big schools.
Former Tar Heels left waiting
Zack Pianalto watched every minute of the NFL draft on television and waited to hear his name. And waited...and waited some more. After seven rounds and 254 players were drafted, the only thing that the former North Carolina tight end can do now is wait. With the NFL lockout, Pianalto and the other undrafted college players can't sign free-agent contracts or even talk to prospective teams.
Zack Pianalto faces durability concerns at the next level
Making the jump to the next level is difficult enough as it is for a college football player. Approximately 2.4 percent of them make it to the NFL. And that becomes increasingly more difficult when injuries plague not one, not two, but three of your college football seasons. That's what former North Carolina tight end Zack Pianalto dealt with.
Nelson Hurst makes strides this spring
With Zack Pianalto and Ed Barham now departed from the UNC roster, Nelson Hurst was one of just two scholarship tight ends on the Tar Heel roster this spring. And with the second—-redshirt freshman Sean Fitzpatrick—-out for much of the spring with an injury, Hurst took most of the reps at tight end with both the first and second teams during practices and this past Saturday’s Spring Showcase.
Spring Practice Begins for UNC
With 17 seniors departed from last season’s squad, Butch Davis pointed to two positions that will require plenty of work in replacing key players. On the offensive side of the ball, Allen Mogridge’s tight end position group no longer has the wealth of bodies that it enjoyed in 2010 with Zack Pianalto, Ryan Taylor and Ed Barham exhausting their eligibility.
NFL combine notes
Greg Little was the top receiver in the bench press (27). Former UNC tight end Zack Pianalto finished third in the 3-cone drills (6.85). While his former teammates had good days, UNC defensive end Robert Quinn "did not quite live up to expectations from a body-type standpoint," according to ESPN's Scouts Inc. His lower body was described as "a bit lean and knock-kneed."
2011 NFL Scouting Combine Schedule & UNC Participants
The 2011 NFL Scouting Combine began Wednesday and will run through Tuesday with UNC leading all schools with 12 participants: QB T.J. Yates, RB Shaun Draughn, RB Johnny White, WR Greg Little, TE Zack Pianalto, DT Marvin Austin, DE Robert Quinn, LB Bruce Carter, LB Quan Sturdivant, CB Kendric Burney, S Da'Norris Searcy, and S Deunta Williams. Be sure to keep tabs with the official schedule
and list of participants
UNC Places Four on All-ACC Academic Football Team
UNC football student-athletes Curtis Byrd, James Hurst, Mike Ingersoll and Zack Pianalto have been named to the 2010 All-ACC Academic Football Team, announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
Johnny White Uncertain, Zack Pianalto Doubtful for Bowl
UNC head coach Butch Davis told reporters on Friday that there is a possibility that injured running back Johnny White will be available for the Music City Bowl, but tight end Zack Pianalto is unlikely to suit up against Tennessee in Nashville on Dec. 30. White fractured his right clavicle (collar bone) in the first half of the Tar Heels’ 37-35 victory at Florida State on Nov. 6.
Jacobs: Saved From A Tricky Vote
Not many coaches simultaneously and successfully contend with mid-season injuries to starters (leading receiver Zack Pianalto, top running back Johnny White), a two-pronged school and NCAA investigation, and a series of temporary and permanent disqualifications of key players. Butch Davis has. What’s more, despite those hurdles Davis already has led the Tar Heels to qualify for their third straight bowl appearance.
What worked: T.J. Yates (437 yards, three touchdowns) broke the 400-yard barrier for the second time this season and continues to develop a chemistry with junior Dwight Jones (eight catches, 233 yards), who has emerged as a bona fide receiving star. Yates has lost Greg Little, his favorite target in 2009, tight end Zack Pianalto, his favorite target in 2010, and running back Johnny White, but continues to produce big numbers.
Looking at the two-loss teams
North Carolina. Against Miami, the injuries and suspensions were finally too much to overcome. The loss of injured tight end Zack Pianalto will prove costly down the stretch and it only got worse against the Canes. The depleted roster won't be able to match the loaded lineups of Florida State and Virginia Tech.