Hakeem Nicks, Jordan Hemby Have Rough Weekends In Pros
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to be a big part of the New York Giants offense this season, but on Saturday night, he was a big part of an altercation on the field. Nicks became involved in a scuffle with Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor, and both players were ejected from the exhibition game. Meanwhile, former UNC defensive back Jordan Hemby was lost for the year after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
Jordan Hemby signs with Indianapolis Colts
Former Freedom High and UNC football player Jordan Hemby signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced April 30. Hemby, a 2005 Freedom grad, was one of 16 undrafted players the Colts recently added to the roster. The 5-11, 190-pound cornerback was a three-year letterman for the Tar Heels and started 13 games as a junior in 2008, recording 49 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Troy Douglas, Part I: Spring Goals
With four senior starters returning to the UNC defensive backfield, you would think there would be no holes to fill for defensive backs coach Troy Douglas this spring. Looks are deceiving, as there is a lot of work to do in the coming month. “Obviously we’ve got to develop a third corner, because Jordan Hemby was a crucial piece of last’s years defense,” Douglas said.
Notes on UNC's depth chart
The Tar Heels' depth chart for their season opener against Citadel reflects the strength of the team -- stability on defense. With nine returning starters on defense, the only real surprise was that junior Charles Brown beat returning starter Jordan Hemby at cornerback. Brown really started to get an edge there back in the spring, even though Hemby started all 13 games last year.
Jordan Hemby steps up for senior year
As he comes into his senior season on the gridiron, UNC cornerback Jordan Hemby finds it a little hard to believe that he’s already facing the end of his collegiate career. “When I first came in (back in 2005) the seniors told me that it would fly, but I didn’t really think it would fly this fast,” said Hemby. “I didn’t know that at the end there would only be so few (left from my class), but I’m glad that we’re all still here.”
Ranking the ACC units: Defensive backs
5. North Carolina -- The Tar Heels return three of four starters in the defensive backfield, including Kendric Burney, but the loss of three-year starter Trimane Goddard is significant. Da'Norris Searcy, who was impressive in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, will be facing much higher expectations as the leading candidate to replace Goddard. Burney and Jordan Hemby return as starters at cornerback.
Brandon Tate gets a chance to reflect on his numbers
It was after Richie Rich, Jordan Hemby, Bobby Rome and Brandon Tate watched Tate's exploits against McNeese State for the fourth time after the game that Tate fully appreciated how good a night he had against the Cowboys. With text messages and congratulatory phone calls still rolling in, North Carolina's wide receiver and return-man extraordinaire still could bask in his performance on Tuesday.
After a lengthy battle at left guard, it looks like Bryon Bishop has beaten out Alan Pelc. Davis indicated Bishop's consistency is a big reason why he'll get the starting nod. At cornerback, Jordan Hemby and Charles Brown are still vying for the chance to start opposite Kendric Burney. Hemby is untested and Brown hasn't been 100 percent healthy for most of training camp.
Jordan Hemby Back to Full Health
Jordan Hemby was a prized recruit in North Carolina’s 2005 recruiting class, but the red-shirt junior cornerback has been plagued by multiple injuries since arriving in Chapel Hill. Three long years later, he is finally healthy and ready to provide much-needed depth in the secondary.
Lucas: Finally Healthy, Jordan Hemby Shines
For some players, spring practice--and even the spring game--can be tedious. Not for Jordan Hemby. For the Tar Heel cornerback, the spring game was exhilarating. Hemby will be a junior for the 2008 season, but he'd never seen action in a UNC spring game before yesterday. His career has been defined by two things: vast promise and significant injuries.
Hemby Tears ACL
North Carolina defensive back Jordan Hemby suffered a torn ACL during the Tar Heels’ 52-7 loss at Clemson on Saturday. He is listed as doubtful to return this season. "Once the swelling in the knee goes down, he will have surgery in approximately two to three weeks," a UNC spokesperson said.
John Bunting Sunday Teleconference
"We haven’t decided definitively with what we will do. We might move D.J. [Walker] to strong safety, and Kareen to free. We all feel we’ve got really good redshirt freshmen sitting over there on the bench – Jordan Hemby, Jermaine Strong, true freshman Kendric Burney, Bryan Dixon at safety. We may stir it up a little bit this week."
Lucas: Road To Recovery
Trimane Goddard missed spring ball with a foot injury, joining a fairly deep talent pool that watched at least part of the spring from the sidelines. Goddard, Jacoby Watkins, and Durell Mapp were gone from the defense (and were eventually joined by Jordan Hemby), the absence of Ben Lemming and Brian Chacos created a very thin offensive line, and Nick Starcevic was felled by an appendectomy. Add linebacker Larry Edwards, who sat out most of the spring, and almost a third of Carolina's potential opening day starting lineup was off the field this spring.
Strength And Conditioning Notebook
Most serious fans already know the names of Jordan Hemby and Jermaine Strong, a pair of redshirt freshman defensive backs who will challenge for playing time in Carolina's defensive backfield. But don't forget about fellow redshirt freshman Bryan Dixon, who strength and conditioning coach Jeff Connors says is one of the strongest players, pound for pound, on the roster.