Thursday, January 27, 2011
2 UNC players selected for NFLPA game
By Heather Dinich
UNC running back Shaun Draughn and tight end Ryan Taylor have been selected to play in the NFL Players Association Texas vs. The Nation game at 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The NFLPA game matches some of the best college players from Texas against some of the best players from the rest of the country in a postseason all-star game. Draughn and Taylor join Carolina's T.J. Yates on the Nation squad.
A native of Tarboro, N.C., Draughn began his UNC career as a safety. He converted to tailback in his sophomore season and led the team in rushing that year. He was the starting tailback in 2009 until he fractured his shoulder blade in the eighth game of the year against Duke. Last season, he started two games, including the Music City Bowl victory against Tennessee, and rushed for 637 yards and six touchdowns. Draughn was named MVP of the bowl game after gaining 160 yards and scoring a touchdown.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Taylor played a variety of positions at North Carolina, including wide receiver, linebacker and tight end. He had his most productive season as a senior in 2010 with 36 receptions for 330 yards and two scores. The 36 receptions were a single-season school record for catches by a tight end. Taylor was also Carolina's special teams captain in 2008 and 2010.