UNC OT James Hurst suffers broken leg in Belk Bowl win

James Hurst suffered a fractured fibula against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.  (USATSI)
James Hurst suffered a fractured fibula against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. (USATSI)

North Carolina offensive tackle James Hurst left the Belk Bowl after suffering a left leg injury. After the Tar Heels' 39-17 win, the school announced that the senior suffered a broken leg.

Hurst, an anchor at left tackle for much of his time in Chapel Hill, made his 49th career start on Saturday. CBSSports.com has the 6-foot-7, 305 pound tackle listed as the No. 10 offensive tackle (No. 88 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft class. Before the injury, he was projected as a second or third round selection.

The school provided no details on a timetable for recovery. The ESPN cameras did not show Hurst in the play when he sustained the injury, and the broadcast team opted not to replay the image of his leg getting rolled up after he went down. 

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