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UNC tight end Eric Ebron to forego senior season, enter NFL Draft


North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron — one of eight semifinalists for the Mackey Award — will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, coach Larry Fedora announced on Monday.

In 11 games this season, Ebron has 50 catches for 774 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Ebron is ranked No. 14 on Scouts INC’s top 32, and is projected by most mock drafts to be a first-round pick next spring.

“I’ve had a great time in Chapel Hill and I appreciate everything Coach Fedora and the coaching staff has done for me,” Ebron said in a statement released by the team. “Coming to Carolina allowed me to develop as both a person and a football player.  It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I look forward to finishing the season with my teammates and then moving on to the next level.”

Over his three years in Chapel Hill, Ebron has 100 receptions for 1,606 yards and eight touchdowns. He’ll participate in senior day ceremonies for Saturday’s game against Duke, which has massive ACC implications. A win for Duke puts them in the ACC Championship against Florida State; a loss and all hell breaks loose.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.