Former Miami running back Damien Berry and former UNC quarterback T.J. Yates have been selected to participate in the 2011 NFL Players Association (NFLPA) All-Star game. This year’s event will be played at 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Alamodome. The NFLPA Game was previously known as the Texas vs. The Nation Challenge and held in El Paso, Texas.
As a senior in 2010, Berry led the Canes rushing with 899 yards on 190 carries, finishing third in the ACC in rushing. He became just the fifth Miami player since 1975 to rush for 100 yards in three straight games. Berry played in 44 games and earned 10 starts in his career -- all 10 at running back during his senior season. He spent his first two years on special teams before transitioning to running back. Berry closed out his career with 1,515 rushing yards on 283 carries, scoring 13 touchdowns.
Yates established 37 school records at North Carolina, including career passing yards, single-season passing yards and single-season total offense. Yates led the Tar Heels to an 8-5 mark in 2010, including a 30-27 double-overtime win over Tennessee in the Music City Bowl.
Yates started 44 career games at UNC. As a senior, he completed 282 of 422 attempts (66.8 pct.) for 3,418 yards and 19 touchdowns, and was second in the ACC in pass efficiency and yards per game. He became the first Tar Heel in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season.