Giovani Bernard is leaving us and going pro and will enter the NFL Draft. Larry Fedora will announce it officially at a 2pm press conference today. Bernard had a terrific three years at Carolina and could have been a legitimate Heisman candidate had he elected to stay in Chapel Hill for another season.
I’ve said before that I feel like this is the best decision for Bernard who will likely be the top rated running back in the draft and has little to gain in terms of draft stock by returning to college for another season. Here’s what Bernard had to say:
“I thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Chapel Hill and coming to UNC was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Bernard. “I feel like the best decision for my future is to enter the NFL draft this year. I want to thank Coach Fedora, this coaching staff and the previous coaching staff for putting me in a position to succeed. I am on track to graduate and I plan on coming back to earn my degree in the Spring of 2014.” GoHeels
Bernard red shirted his freshman season after tearing his ACL on the third day of preseason practice. He then burst onto the scene his sophomore season of 2011 and proved to be one of the nations best overall backs this year, he leaves Chapel Hill with very little to prove and a bright future in the NFL.