North Carolina Tar Heels offensive tackle James Hurst went down with a leg injury during Saturday’s 39-17 Belk Bowl win for the North Carolina Tar Heels over the Cincinnati Bearcats and now the diagnosis is in and it’s a broken leg for the left tackle who could have been a day two pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The official injury update on James Hurst: suffered a non-displaced fibula fracture in his left leg.
— Carolina Football (@TarHeelFootball) December 29, 2013
The 6-6, 309-pound left tackle began the season with a matchup against South Carolina Gamecock’s All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and despite his team losing, won the matchup against the presumptive top pick in the 2014 draft at that time.
Hurst has been a three-year starter for the Tar Heels and profiled as a third round pick by most draft experts. This is the first major injury he suffered in college as he has only missed one game in his junior season as a result of injury.
The injury means Hurst will be unable to compete in the NFL Combine in February and likely means his draft stock takes a significant hit.