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UNC's Bernard Declares For Draft

Dec 14, 2012 11:19 AM

Giovani Bernard, a sophomore running back at North Carolina and the top punt returner in the country, will forgo his final two years of eligibility and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Bernard, ranked No. 11 in the country in rushing yards per game (122.8), is ranked No. 1 at his position by ESPN and No. 52 overall.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Chapel Hill and coming to UNC was one of the best decisions I've ever made," Bernard said in a prepared statement. "I feel like the best decision for my future is to enter the NFL draft this year. I want to thank Coach [Larry] Fedora, this coaching staff and the previous coaching staff for putting me in a position to succeed. I am on track to graduate and I plan on coming back to earn my degree in the spring of 2014."

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Marcus Lattimore To Declare For NFL Draft

Dec 10, 2012 11:59 AM

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Lattimore sustained an extensive ACL and LCL injury in his right knee and has been rehabbing.

Lattimore understands he may have to sit out this season, but has a goal of jogging and catching passes at the end of March for NFL executives and plans to visit with them at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Since the injury, Lattimore has spoken with other running backs who came back from knee injuries such as Willis McGahee, Frank Gore and Eddie George.

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