James Hurst played as a true freshman in Atlanta against LSU in 2010 in a game that was supposed to be North Carolina’s break out performance until 13 players were unable to play due to the NCAA investigation. James Hurst protected TJ Yates as he had arguably the best game of his career shredding the LSU secondary for 412 yards and three touchdowns. Hurst was almost invisible in his first game which is truly remarkable for a true freshman playing one of the best defensive fronts in the SEC. For Hurst who came to North Carolina as the highest rated offensive line prospect in the history of the program he can solidify his legacy and draft stock in the very first game of the 2013 season.
If you did not see the hit Jadeveon Clowney put on the Michigan running back then I suggest you check out the player James Hurst will be attempting to block as North Carolina travels to Columbus South Carolina in August to face South Carolina. You can bet Bryn Renner hopes Hurst can show the world why he was a five star left tackle when he signed his letter of intent to come to Chapel Hill.
For Hurst he will be blocking the player rated to be selected as the overall number one pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but more importantly if he can hold his own his own draft stock will rise with this one game. North Carolina will not leave Hurst out on an island one on one all game long, but when his opportunities come the player from Indiana needs to make the most of them because Clowney will be all he can handle and then some.