UNC Football: 2016 Starters preview – Offense

Oct 17, 2015; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora (in white) leads his team onto the field prior to a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2015; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora (in white) leads his team onto the field prior to a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 28, 2015; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Elijah Hood (34) runs the ball as he is pursued by North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive back Hakim Jones (1) during the first half at Carter Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports /

Elijah Hood

Position: Runningback

Number: 34

Class: Junior

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 220lbs

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Awards/Stats:

  • Academic All-ACC (2015)
  • 219 Carries, 1,463 Yards, 17 Touchdowns
  • 2nd Highest Single-Single Rushing Total in UNC History
  • 2nd in the ACC in YPC (6.7) & Rushing TDs (17)

2015 Recap: In 2015 the beast was unleashed. Elijah Hood had the second-best rushing season in Tar Heel history. With a similar performance this year & next (if he stays) he will be on pace to break the record for career rushing yards for the Tar Heels.

Hood was a big part of the Tar Heel’s success and provides them the ability to spread the ball around. In 2016, look for Hood to get more touches earlier in the season and possibly even break the single season record for rushing yards for the Heels. Elijah Hood will be a big part of the Tar Heels success early in the season, and should be considered a dark horse Heisman candidate.

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