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UNC's Giovani Bernard opts for draft

Updated: December 14, 2012, 6:08 PM ET
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina tailback Giovani Bernard is eager to make his early jump to the NFL.

The sophomore announced Friday he would enter next spring's draft after a big year in which he ranked among the nation's top rushers and punt returners to earn All-America honors.

"I didn't want to base my projections or where I was (in mock drafts)," Bernard said during a news conference. "I think it was moreso that I wanted to move on to the next step in life and fulfill a dream."

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