Nov 15, 2012; Charlottesville, VA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) jogs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second half at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Football: Seniors and Gio Bernard Need to See a Big Time Crowd Saturday

When North Carolina takes the field versus Maryland Saturday they will do it with a group seniors who have lived through some of the most tumultuous times at UNC considering the off field distractions and the sanctions that will keep them from enjoying another bowl game. These student athletes could have transferred to another university to play their final game however they are true Tar heels and have fulfilled their commitment to play for the University of North of Carolina. I hope our fans show them the same respect and appreciation Saturday in these simple steps.

Hopefully the patrons in the blue zone can put down their chicken wing and beer long enough to step outside the comforts of couches, ice cream and televisions to be in their seats as these players number is called one more time with their family members in Kenan Stadium. I may be viewed as too harsh on the Blue Zone crowd, but seriously a majority of them appear as if they have no idea the national anthem is being played before the game.

Saturday is the last time for Tar Heel fans to appreciate watching these seniors, but it may also be the last time we see Gio Bernard in a UNC jersey. The talented sophomore was a surprise to be left off the finalists for the Doak Walker award. Perhaps the team first Bernard will come back next year but it is probably less than 30% that he does. Even though it is Thanksgiving weekend Tar Heel students need to organize as many “1 More year” chants as they possibly can. We need to start his 2013 Heisman campaign this Saturday with a win over Maryland.

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