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Erik Highsmith, WR

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Vanceboro, NC
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 190 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Career Notes
Strong, sure-handed receiver who had at least 24 receptions in all four seasons... Ranks third all-time at UNC with 166 receptions ... Played in 51 games at UNC and made at least one reception in 45 of those.
2012 Season
Started all 12 games and had a personal-best 54 receptions for 587 yards and scored five touchdowns on the season ... Also had two rushes for 51 yards, including a 45 end around touchdown run vs. NC State ... Also completed an 18-yard pass in the season opener vs. Elon ... Twice matched his career-high with eight receptions in wins over East Carolina and Miami ... Caught two passes for 27 yards, including a 15-yard pass from Bryn Renner to tie the score at 35 in a win over Maryland on Senior Day ... Had six catches for 49 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Virginia ... Caught a 9-yard TD pass to open the scoring and helped the Tar Heels close out the Cavaliers with a 20-yard scoring catch in the fourth quarter ... Posted four catches for 68 yards, including a season-long 47-yarder, against Georgia Tech ... Helped Carolina break a five-game losing streak to NC State with three catches for 48 yards and a 45-yard touchdown run.

Made four receptions for 66 yards, including a long of 36, against Duke ... In a win at Miami, matched his career-high with eight catches for 57 yards ... Had four catches for 29 yards in a win over Virginia Tech ... Made one catch in a blowout victory over Idaho ... Posted eight grabs for 66 yards in a victory against East Carolina ... Caught six passes for 62 yards and had a 9-yard touchdown grab against Louisville ...Was the intended target on the final play of the game when Carolina needed a touchdown to win, but the fall was ripped away by a Cardinal cornerback ... Made five catches for 71 yards at Wake Forest ... Began the season with three catches for 44 yards and an 18-yard pass in a shutout victory over Elon.

2010 Season
Appeared in all 13 games, making eight starts ... Finished the regular season with 25 catches for 348 yards and three touchdowns ... Made a 39-yard touchdown catch just before halftime of Carolina's 30-27 double-overtime victory over Tennessee in the Music City Bowl ... Had a season-best five receptions for 71 yards against NC State ... Caught two balls for 22 yards against Virginia Tech ... Had a 2-yard reception against William & Mary ... Caught two passes for nine yards at Miami ... Had one catch for 42 yards at Virginia ... Finished with three receptions and 28 yards in the Clemson win ... Had a 12-yard catch against East Carolina ... Caught two balls for 16 yards at Rutgers ... Had four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown against Georgia Tech ... The touchdown was a 52-yarder, the longest reception of his career ... Caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in the LSU game ... His touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone pulled the Tar Heels to within six points after trailing 30-10.
2009 Season
True freshman who was a key contributor at wide receiver ... Named to the All-ACC freshman team by The Sporting News ... Ranks second on the team with 425 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 37 catches ... Made three receptions for 38 yards, including a long of 20, in the Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Pitt ... Caught one pass for four yards at NC State ... Recorded third six-catch game and finished with 38 yards receiving at Boston College ... Caught two balls for 20 yards against Miami ... Made three catches for 21 yards against Duke ... Caught three passes for nine yards at Virginia Tech ... Made a 5-yard grab against Florida State ... Caught two passes for 11 yards against Virginia ... Posted second straight 100-yard game with 107 yards and a touchdown on six catches at Georgia Tech ... Scored on a 40-yard reception from T.J. Yates versus the Yellow Jackets ... Earned first career start versus East Carolina and responded with six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown ... Posted the first 100-yard game by a Tar Heel rookie receiver since Hakeem Nicks in 2006 against the Pirates ... Made four catches for 59 yards, including a 21-yarder on third down in the fourth quarter comeback, at Connecticut ... Also saw action against The Citadel but did not record a catch.
High School
Helped lead West Craven to the 3-A state championship game ... Caught 90 passes for 1,543 yards and 14 TDs as a senior ... Led the state of North Carolina in receiving yards ... Also played defensive back and began his career as a quarterback during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... Ranked among the top 35 players in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... Had eight catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in the state championship game and was named the offensive player of the game ... Earned first-team all-state honors ... Coached by Clay Jordan.
Son of Shanda and Ernest Roundtree ... Born Nov. 20, 1990 ... Nickname is "Mook" or "Mookie" ... Would choose to play for the Indianapolis Colts if he could pick any team in the NFL ... Pet peeve is when people do things slowly ... Favorite TV show is "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" ... Favorite food is strawberries ... Listens to music from Lil' Wayne before every game ... His mother, Shanda, had the biggest impact on his life ... Wears No. 88 because it's a legendary number ... Enrolled in the General College.
04/08/2013 - 2013 North Carolina Pro Day: Erik "Mookie" Highsmith, WR (6-0 7/8, 185) - Highsmith ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds against the wind and 4.56 seconds with the wind. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.43 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds. He also had 14 lifts on the bench press. Highsmith is another rookie free-agent possibility. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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