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UNC Football Bio
68 James Hurst

• 2013 All-America Candidate
• 2013 All-ACC First Team
• 2013 Midseason All-America First Team - Yahoo! Sports
• 2013 Preseason All-America Second Team - The Sporting News
• 2013 Preseason All-ACC
• 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List
• 2013 Outland Trophy Watch List
• 2012 All-ACC First Team (Coaches)
• 2012 All-ACC Second Team (Media)
• 2011 All-ACC Second Team 
• 2010 Freshman All-America

Veteran leader who returns to lead the Carolina offensive line as a senior • One of the nation’s best left tackles who will compete for All-ACC and All-America accolades in his final collegiate season • Has started a school-record-tying 48 games in his career since earning a starting job in the second week of his true freshman season • Preseason third-team All-America and first-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele • Also a second-team preseason All-America pick by The Sporting News.

2013  Senior Season
Graded out at a season-best 95 percent with a team-high 14 knockdowns against Old Dominion • Saw action on all 66 snaps at Pitt and graded out at a team-best 91 percent • Played 70 snaps and had a team-high 15 knockdowns as Carolina rushed for a season-high 201 yards in the win over Virginia • Graded out at 90 percent with nine knockdowns while playing all 82 snaps in the win at NC State • Played all 73 snaps and had a team-high 11 knockdowns in the win over Boston College • Graded out at a team-best 90 percent on 83 snaps against Miami • Played all 76 snaps and had 10 knockdowns at Virginia Tech • Graded out at a team-best 87 percent and saw action on all 82 snaps in the East Carolina game • Played all 58 snaps and graded out at 86 percent with four knockdowns at Georgia Tech • Graded out at 92 percent and had a team-high 14 knockdown blocks while playing all 80 snaps against Middle Tennessee • Earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors for his play against the Blue Raiders • Saw action on all 85 snaps at South Carolina and graded out at 84 percent with six knockdowns while matched up primarily against All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

2012 – Junior Season
Earned first-team All-ACC honors from the league’s head coaches and second-team honors from the media • Part of an offensive line unit that paved the way for Carolina to set school records in total offense, scoring and passing yards • Leading the way from the left tackle position, helped Carolina allow just 11 total sacks on the year • UNC led the ACC in sacks allowed per game (0.92) and ranked ninth in the country in that statistic • Started 11 games at left tackle and has started 36 games in his career • Graded out at nearly 90 percent for the season and played practically every meaningful snap • Missed the Idaho game due to injury • Graded out at 86 percent with 10 knockdowns at Duke, playing every snap • Had a 90 percent grade with 12 knockdowns and played all 85 snaps in the win at Miami • Finished with a team-best 90 percent grade and played all 82 snaps in the win over Virginia Tech • Graded out at a team-best 88 percent against East Carolina • Played all 64 snaps against Louisville, grading out at a team-best 89 percent with 11 knockdown blocks • Appeared in all 84 snaps at Wake Forest, grading out at 88 percent with nine knockdowns • Played 53 snaps in the season opener against Elon and graded out at 85 percent.

2011 – Sophomore Season
Earned second-team All-ACC honors for his play at left tackle • Along with left guard Jonathan Cooper, part of the first Carolina offensive line tandem to earn All-ACC honors since 1993 • Started all 13 games • Saw action on 851 plays and graded out at 88 percent for the season, best on the team • Helped pave the way for Giovani Bernard to gain 1,253 rushing yards, the first time a Tar Heel back has rushed for over 1,000 yards since 1997 • Finished with 30 regular-season knockdown blocks on the year, good for third on the team • Played 88 snaps against Duke, grading out at 90 percent with a season-high eight knockdowns • Played all 84 snaps against Virginia Tech and graded out at a team-best 84 percent • Played all 60 snaps at NC State and graded out at 89 percent with two knockdowns • Graded out at a season-best 91 percent on 66 plays against Wake Forest • Played all 79 snaps against Miami and had four knockdowns and just two negative plays for a season-best grade of 97 percent • Graded out at 91 percent and played all 54 snaps against Louisville • Played all 61 snaps and graded out at 89 percent against East Carolina • Had three knockdowns and played all 53 snaps at Georgia Tech • Played all 66 snaps and graded out at 85 percent against Virginia • Had five knockdowns in 53 snaps against James Madison in the opener, grading out at 88 percent.

2010 – Freshman Season
Earned Freshman All-America honors by Rivals.com, Phil Steele and The Sporting News • Appeared in all 13 games and started the final 12 games of the regular season at left tackle • Saw action on 845 snaps during the season and graded out at a team-high 83 percent • Third on the team with 33 knock-down blocks • Played all 72 offensive plays in the win over Tennessee in the Music City Bowl • Played all 84 snaps at Duke and graded out at a team-high 89 percent with three knock-downs • Graded out at a team-high 85 percent with three knock-downs against NC State • Had a season-high six knock-downs and graded out at 86 percent against William & Mary • Graded out at 80 percent against both Clemson and East Carolina • Graded out at 83 percent with two knock-downs against Rutgers • Graded out at 81 percent against Rutgers • Graded out at 86 percent with two knock-downs against LSU • Enrolled at Carolina in January 2010 and competed in spring practice.

Plainfield High School
SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 10 overall player in the country and the No. 2 offensive tackle by Rivals.com • Considered the No. 3 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com and by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming • Member of the ESPN150 • Ranked the No. 24 player in the country regardless of position by Scout.com • Was the overall MVP at the U.S. Army Junior National Combine • Competed in the Under Armour All-American Game and was named the game’s most outstanding offensive lineman by Scout.com • Rated Indiana’s No. 1 player by Rivals.com • Considered the No. 6 overall prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep • Younger brother of Nelson Hurst, a tight end for the Tar Heels • Graded out at 98 percent as a senior at Plainfield High School • Coached by Brian Woodard • Earned first-team all-conference, all-area and all-state honors as a junior and senior • Earned area player of the year honors as a senior • Also saw some playing time on the defensive line • Played all four years on varsity • Helped team advance to the third round of the state playoffs all four seasons.

Personal
Son of Tim and Susan Hurst • Born Dec. 17, 1991 • His father, Tim, played football at Alabama • Would choose to play for the Indianapolis Colts if he could pick any team in the NFL • People say he looks like former UNC offensive tackle and current Atlanta Falcons lineman Garrett Reynolds • Favorite possession is his Xbox • Favorite off-day activity is Call of Duty video game • Would most like to guest star on “Lost” • His brother, Nelson, has had the biggest impact on his life • Nelson was a tight end at UNC and currently works in the New Media office for the Carolina athletic department • Exercise and sport science major.

Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 290
Year: Junior
Hometown: Plainfield, Ind.
High School: Plainfield
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