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Monday, December 30, 2013
North Carolina C Bodine to enter NFL draft

By Andrea Adelson

North Carolina junior center Russell Bodine has decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL draft, the school announced Monday.

"It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NFL and I feel I’m ready to take the next step in my playing career,” Bodine said in a statement. "I have been thinking about this for several weeks, weighing all my options and discussing it with my parents and the coaching staff. I feel it is the right time to move forward.

"I want to thank the coaching staff at North Carolina for helping me become a better player and person. I’ve had the opportunity to play in both a pro-style offense and a spread offense and I think that will enhance my opportunities at the next level."

Bodine averaged 73 snaps per game in 2013 and was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper lists Bodine as the No. 2 non-senior prospect at center.

"We wish Russell the best as he takes the next step in athletic career," coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. "He has been a good player for us over the last two years, starting every game on the offensive line, and has a bright future ahead of him."

Bodine is the second North Carolina player to declare early for the 2014 draft, joining tight end Eric Ebron.