Oct 8, 2011; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) tries to escape a tackle from Louisville Cardinals cornerback Terell Floyd (19) during the second half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard To Enter 2013 NFL Draft


It is a move that has been expected for some time, but North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard made it official today that he would forgo his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Chapel Hill and coming to UNC was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Bernard.  “I feel like the best decision for my future is to enter the NFL draft this year.  I want to thank Coach 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.”

Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora took the time to thank Bernard for his time with the university.

“Gio is a special player and an even better person,” said Fedora.  “He flourished in our offense and was an outstanding leader for our program.  After the season was over, we helped him gather as much information as possible so he and his family could make the best decision for his future.  We support his decision and wish him nothing but success as he takes the next step in his football career.  He is a tremendous ambassador for this program.”

Bernard is set to become the latest alumni member from St. Thomas Aquinas High School to make a splash in the NFL. He is viewed as a first-round prospect.

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