Aug 29, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) is blocked by North Carolina Tar Heels offensive tackle James Hurst (68) while rushing quarterback Bryn Renner (2) in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina left tackle James Hurst breaks leg in Belk Bowl


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 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.

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