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Sep 7, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels corner back T.J. Jiles (37), safety Tre Boston (10), tight end Eric Ebron (85) and wide receiver Kendrick Singleton (81) celebrate their win over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Kenan Memorial Stadium. North Carolina won 40-20. Mandatory Credit: Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Football: Meet Freshman Khris Francis

Nov 9, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Khris Francis (1) runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Tar Heels defeated the Cavaliers 45-14 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

This past weekend Durham native Khris Francis scored his first career collegiate touchdown against Virginia on a 15 yard catch, it should be the first of many touchdowns for Francis who was one of the state’s top running backs last year. The freshman was rated as a top 30 running back by most recruiting services after running for over 2,000 yards his final two seasons in high school to go along with a combine 58 touchdowns. He earned a spot on the North Carolina Shrine Bowl roster and was named a Prepstar All-Atlantic Region. The Tar Heels were able to sign him over Clemson, Duke, Syracuse and Tennessee.

The player that Francis has been compared to is former Tar Heel standout Giovanni Bernard who excelled in Coach Fedora’s system. Both players are less than 6 feet tall and weigh around 200 pounds, while they are both powerful runners for their size but also quick. The 5’9, 195 pound running back has seen playing time in 7 games so far this season, he has 39 rushing attempts for 147 yards along with 6 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. The Heels were also able to sign another top running back in T.J. Logan in last year’s class, the pair combine with the arrival of one the nation’s top running back Elijah Hood next season the should give North Carolina one of the top running attacks in the ACC over the next few seasons.

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