UNC's tailback situation worsens

December, 27, 2010
12/27/10
5:45
PM ET
Yes, it could get worse at UNC, and it did.

Starting tailback Anthony Elzy won't play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl "after failing to meet his obligations as a student-athlete at UNC."

This has been one of the thinnest positions for the Tar Heels all year, but Elzy had really risen to the occasion. He started the final three regular-season games at tailback in place of Johnny White and had 531 all-purpose yards (176.7 yards per game) against Virginia Tech, NC State and Duke. He had a career-high 118 yards rushing in his final game at Duke and had a career-high 178 yards receiving versus NC State.

He was one of just two proven runners entering the bowl game, the other being Shaun Draughn, the 2009 starter. Draughn missed the first game of the year while the university worked with the NCAA to determine his eligibility, then twisted his ankle late in the year against FSU. He played sparingly against Virginia Tech, but has returned to full strength entering the Music City Bowl. He is second on the team with 477 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

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