2010 Mackey Award Watch List
2009 Honorable-mention All-ACC
Earned UNC Coaches' Player of the Week honors after the win over Connecticut in 2009
Earned UNC Coaches' Player of the Week honors after the win over Virginia in 2009
Great hands and bulked up to become a good run blocker Entering the season, he was considered on the of the top five senior tight ends in the country by NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Set UNC career mark for most receptions by a tight end with 94.
2010 - Senior Season
Consistent pass catcher at the tight end position who had his season cut short by a broken fibula suffered against Virginia Finished the season with 30 receptions for 311 yards and a touchdown Led the Tar Heels in both receptions and receiving yards at the time of his injury Scored his only touchdown of the season at Virginia, a 1-yard reception Finished that game with three catches for 54 yards, including a career-long 46-yard catch in the first quarter Had one catch for six yards in the win over Clemson Had seven catches for 95 yards in the win over East Carolina Finished with four receptions for 20 yards in the win at Rutgers Caught seven balls for 62 yards against Georgia Tech Had a team-high eight catches for 74 yards in the season opener against LSU.
2009 - Junior Season
Honorable mention All-ACC selection at tight end Posted a career-high 33 receptions for a career-best 334 yards and a touchdown on the season Set the school record for catches by a tight end with 33, eclipsing the previous mark of 32 set by Freddie Jones in 1996 Had two catches for 26 yards vs. Pitt in the Meineke Car Care Bowl Suffered a subtalar dislocation of his right foot at Connecticut and missed five straight games Recorded at least five catches in five of his last seven games played and had 21 receptions over UNC's four-game winning streak Returned to starting lineup against Florida State but suffered a concussion and left the game Caught two passes for 35 yards at NC State Had five receptions for 35 yards at Boston College Caught five passes for 51 yards against Miami Posted a team-best five catches for 42 yards versus Duke Caught a game-high six passes for 34 yards at Virginia Tech Posted career highs of seven catches and 87 yards at Connecticut before suffering the foot injury following the game-tying touchdown catch in the fourth quarter Made a career-long 25-yard catch against The Citadel.
2008:Played in seven games and made two starts Had seven catches for 69 yards and a touchdown on the season Suffered a fractured left fibula in the win over No. 20 Georgia Tech and missed the final four games of the year Scored first career touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Cameron Sexton before leaving due to the injury Missed the Virginia and Boston College games with a right ankle injury Made a 5-yard grab against Notre Dame Posted a 7-yard reception versus Connecticut Made one grab for 18 yards at Miami Had three catches for 31 yards, including a long of 16, against Virginia Tech.
2007: Started eight games at h-back/tight end Finished fourth on the team with 24 catches for 204 yards on the season Made one catch for eight yards vs. Duke Had four grabs for 29 yards at Georgia Tech Had four catches for 52 yards, including a career-best 20-yard catch, at NC State Made a career-best six receptions for 55 yards at Wake Forest Had one catch for five yards vs. South Carolina Made two grabs for five yards at USF Had five catches for 43 yards, including a long of 16 vs. Virginia Made first career catch, a four-yard grab, at East Carolina.
Springdale High School
Ranked the No. 7 player in Arkansas by Rivals Considered the No. 10 player in Arkansas by SuperPrep Ranked the No. 20 tight end in the country by Scout.com Helped lead Springdale to the 5A state championship as a junior Had 14 receptions for 337 yards and three touchdowns as a junior despite mainly being used as a blocker Caught 12 passes for 141 yards as a senior Missed all but two games as a senior with a broken collarbone From the same hometown as head coach Butch Davis Coached by Kevin Johnson at Springdale.
Son of Sherri and Kenneth Pianalto Born May 27, 1989 Communications major Favorite TV show is "American Idol" Wears No. 17 because it's the same number his grandfather wore Listens to the Al Pacino speech from "Any Given Sunday" before each game Would chose to run "The Amazing Race" with his brother, Cole Favorite NFL team is the Indianapolis Colts Would most like to have dinner with Tiger Woods, Mike Tyson and Brett Favre People say he looks like Eli Manning of the NY Giants Favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill is the Italian Pizzeria III Has a boxer dog named Red Began playing football when he was eight because he loved all sports Wants to one day be a football coach.
Year Rec. Yards Avg. TD LP 2007 24 204 8.5 0 20 2008 7 69 9.9 1 18 2009 33 334 10.1 1 26 2010 30 311 10.4 1 46 Totals 94 918 9.5 2 46
Career Highs: 8 receptions vs. LSU (2010); 95 yards receiving vs. East Carolina (2010); 46-yard reception at Virginia (2010)