CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Seven North Carolina football players, including highly rated quarterback Mitch Trubisky, will participate in the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Feb. 28-March 6.
UNC wide receiver Mack Hollins, tailback Elijah Hood, wide receiver Bug Howard, defensive tackle Nazair Jones, tailback T.J. Logan and wide receiver Ryan Switzer will join Trubisky at the workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Trubisky, who elected to forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft, is proejcted to be a first round pick. In one year as the starter at UNC, the Mentor, Ohio, native set single-season school records for passing yards (3,748), touchdowns (30) and total offense (4,056). He led the Tar Heels to an 8-5 season that included dramatic wins over Pittsburgh, Florida State and Miami. He was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week after his performance in leading the Tar Heels to a 37-36 comeback win over Pitt when he completed 35 of 46 passes for 453 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Although his season was cut short due to injury, Hollins was invited due to his incredible junior campaign and his big-play ability. He led the NCAA in yards per catch (24.8) in 2015 and finished his UNC career as the school record-holder in yards per reception. Before fracturing his collarbone midway through the 2016 season, Hollins had 16 catches for 309 yards and four touchdowns.
Hood, a native of Charlotte, N.C., was the Tar Heels leading rusher with 858 yards on 145 carries (5.9 avg.). A two-time Academica All-ACC selection, Hood had his best season as a sophomore, rushing for 1,453 yards and 17 touchdowns to help lead UNC to an 11-3 record and the Coastal Division title.
Howard had his best season in 2016 with 53 receptions for 827 yards and a team-best eight touchdown catches. The Rochelle, Ga., native was an honorable-mention All-ACC pick and had a stretch of three 100-yard receiving games in wins over Miami, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.
Like Trubisky, Jones elected to forego his final year of eligibility and enter this season's draft. The Roanoke Rapids, N.C., native was the Tar Heels' top defensive lineman with 70 tackles and a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss. In the Sun Bowl loss to Stanford he was named the game's top defenisve lineman.
A lightning fast runner from Greensboro, N.C., Logan had an oustanding career at UNC as a running back and kickoff returner. He finished fourth on the UNC career chart for all-purpose yards and set the school record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns. In 2016, he averaged 5.4 yards per carry and was No. 2 in the nation in kickoff return average.
An incredibly productive player all four years at UNC, Switzer set several school records as a senior, including most receptions in a season (96), most receptions in a career (244) and most receiving yards in a career (2,907). In addition, he set the ACC career mark for punt returns for touchdowns with seven.