UNC Receivers Step Up In Place Of Suspended Greg Little

Chuck FortContributor ISeptember 12, 2010

UNC Receivers Step Up In Place Of Suspended Greg Little

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    Jhay Boyd was one of several receivers to step up in place of Greg Little.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    TJ Yates could not have finished with 412 yards passing and three touchdowns against LSU without help from some great receivers.  Missing his favorite target from a year ago, Greg Little, Yates got other guys involved, nearly coming out with a win.

    Let's take a look at these receivers and other key pass catchers.

Josh Adams

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    Josh Adams stepped up with big catches late in the game against LSU.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Josh Adams

    Redshirt Freshman from Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Made tough catches against Patrick Peterson late in the game

    Strong, physical receiver at 6'4" 200 lbs

    Started first two games of 2009 before suffering shoulder injury and taking medical redshirt

Erik Highsmith

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    Erik Highsmith

    Sophomore from Vanceboro, North Carolina

    Scored on a beautiful touch pass from TJ Yates late in the fourth quarter

    Started most of the 2009 season, finishing with two touchdowns

    Recorded back-to-back games with over 100 yards receiving against ECU and Georgia Tech

Zack Pianalto

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    Tight end Zack Pianalto found holes in the LSU defense all game.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Zack Pianalto

    Senior tight end from Springdale, Arkansas

    Caught eight passes for 74 yards against LSU but could not come up with a game-tying touchdown reception on two tries

    In 2009 he recorded 33 catches for 334 yards and a touchdown despite missing five games

    A sure-handed pass catcher when healthy

    Favorite safety valve of QB TJ Yates

Devon Ramsay

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    Fullback Devon Ramsay could not hang on to a second touchdown catch.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Devon Ramsay

    Junior fullback from Red Bank, New Jersey

    Made an athletic play to score against LSU on a play-action pass early in the second quarter

    Had a chance to score again but could not hang on to the pass

    Emerged as the starting fullback midway through 2009

    Known more for his lead blocking ability but very effective receiving out of the backfield

Jhay Boyd

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    Jhay finished with more receiving yards against LSU than in all of 2009.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Jheranie "Jhay" Boyd

    Sophomore from Gastonia, North Carolina

    Started at wide receiver and kick returner against LSU in place of suspended Greg Little

    Finished game against LSU with six catches, 221 receiving yards, and one touchdown for the longest reception in the history of UNC football (97 yards)

    His 221 yards were more than he had in all of 2009 (214)

    Featured as a deep-threat and occasional runner in the offense last year

    As a freshman scored on receptions of 13, 35, 59, and 70 yards

In Place Of Greg Little

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    Greg Little and 12 other UNC football players remain under NCAA investigation.David Cannon/Getty Images

    NCAA investigations continue into UNC's football program.  Greg Little and the other 12 players who did not play in the season opener remain doubtful to return.  The team must plan to compete without them.

    Though Greg Little is ranked the 4th best receiver on Mel Kiper, Jr.'s Big Board for the 2010 NFL Draft, TJ Yates will have plenty of other options to target.