UNC Football: Kobe Paysour returns to practice

The UNC football standout may actually be able to play when the UNC football program competes in the Duke's Mayo Bowl.

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The UNC football program suffered a huge loss when Kobe Paysour suffered a foot injury during a team practice in the beginning of October.

With Devontez 'Tez' Walker ruled ineligible to start the season, Paysour served as Drake Maye's most consistent target early on. Through five games, the Kings Mountain, North Carolina native hauled in 22 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, as he was on the cusp of having a huge season for the UNC football program.

Walker was able to return, but unfortunately only got to take the field with Paysour once. With Paysour sidelined, you could tell that the Tar Heels' offense wasn't the same, as they missed that reliable target especially in key situations late in games.

As the UNC football program prepares for the Duke's Mayo Bowl, some encouraging news surfaced that Paysour was able to practice in full uniform.

Now, it's not a guarantee that Paysour plays in the bowl game on December 27 when the UNC football program takes on West Virginia. However, it's very encouraging to see Paysour back on the field, as it would be nice to see him able to compete once again if he's fully healthy and ready to go.

Regardless of whether or not he plays in the bowl game, Paysour should be a big factor in the UNC football program's offense next season. The Tar Heels will have a quarterback competition leading up to next season, but the good news is that they have some key skill players returning, a group that certainly includes Paysour.

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