Giovani Bernard is one of the most exciting running backs in college football this season. In my opinion, Bernard and South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore are the two top running backs in college football. Lattimore suffered a season ending injury a couple of weeks ago. Gio has managed to put together a really, nice season although he has missed a few games this season. He placed half of the opening season game against Elon University, and he missed the Wake Forest and Louisville games due to injury. Despite these setbacks, Gio has amassed 11 touchdowns to go along with 1,065 yards on 157 running attempts. He averages 6.7 yards per carry. Last season, Gio finished with 239 carries for 1,253 yards with 13 running touchdowns.
If Gio stays in Chapel Hill for another season, he has the opportunity be a Heisman Award candidate. He may opt to go pro after this season, since he red-shirted his freshman year. In addition, injuries will be a factor in his decision as well. However, he has the opportunity to accomplish something that no other Tar Heel has ever achieved. Although North Carolina has good supporting running backs in A.J. Blue and Romar Morris, they are not as dynamic as Giovani Bernard. Bernard is a game-changer, and he proved that against N.C. State.
No doubt this will be the biggest decision of his young life and you cannot blame the young man for whatever he ultimately decides to do. If he leaves early after this season he will likely be the first RB taken in the draft and that is hard to pass up. But if he stays he could become one of the greatest offensive players in Tar Heel history. The NFL will be waiting for him in 2014, the chance to be an all time legend at UNC won’t come around again.