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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
UNC RB Hunter Furr to transfer

By Heather Dinich

UNC junior running back Hunter Furr has decided to transfer, the school announced on Wednesday.

“Hunter came to me this week and asked for his release,” interim coach Everett Withers said in a prepared statement. “He is seeking an opportunity for more playing time and I respect his wishes. We’ve enjoyed having Hunter in the program and I wish him nothing but the best as he continues his college career.”

“I would like to thank the entire Carolina coaching staff for their support and guidance over the last two years,” Furr said in a prepared statement. “I've enjoyed being a part of this program and I’ve developed several great relationships with my teammates and coaches. I feel it’s in the best interest of my football career to transfer and compete for playing time at another institution. I have nothing but respect for Coach Withers and I believe he will do an outstanding job building the program.”

Furr played in 11 games last season and saw action in 13 games as a true freshman in 2009. In two seasons, he had eight carries for 35 yards.

This is a position that needed all of the bodies it could get, as UNC had to replace three tailbacks who accounted for 96 percent of last year's rushing production. Ryan Houston will be the Heels' go-to running back, but Furr's decision leaves only fullback Curtis Byrd, tailback Giovani Bernard and fullback Devon Ramsay as the top options out of the backfield. Bernard was able to participate in spring non-contact drills but was held out of the spring game for precautionary reasons.