Posted by Chip Patterson
The North Carolina senior class is one of the most successful classes in program history, but they will be missing two of their leaders when they take the field for their final game against the Tennessee in the Music City Bowl. Both starting linebacker Bruce Carter and starting guard Alan Pelc underwent surgery this week and will miss their final game in Nashville, according to a release from the school.
Pelc underwent surgery on Monday afternoon to repair damage in his left shoulder. He started 11 games for the Tar Heels in 2010, helping lead one of the more surprising offensive attacks in the conference.
Carter underwent ACL reconstruction surgery on Tuesday. He first injured his left knee in the home finale against NC State in late November. He is expected to be fully recovered by the fall of 2011, but his participation is doubtful for the combines leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft. With his rare combination of strength, speed, and ball-hawking presence, Carter is one of the most sought after outside linebackers in the draft class. There is no telling yet how this injury will impact his stock in April's draft.
“Bruce and Alan have meant so much to this program,” said head coach Butch Davis. “They have been great kids, great leaders and, most importantly, they will graduate Sunday with a degree from the University of North Carolina. Obviously, we are disappointed for them that they will not be able to play in the bowl game. However, our main concern is their health and preparing for the future.”
Both Carter and Pelc will graduate from North Carolina this weekend.