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UNC's Giovani Bernard Declares For NFL Draft

Is this a good move?

Scoop: Redshirt sophomore runningback Giovani Bernard is leaving the Tar Heels to go to the NFL.

Significance: Bernard is one of the few college players who will go pro after playing only two years of college football, but he is draft-eligible because he sat out one year as a redshirt. It is a big loss for North Carolina, as Bernard led the ACC in numerous categories this year: rushing, all-purpose yardage, and scoring.

Story: Giovani Bernard believes his future is in the NFL, and that time is now. While his press conference announcing his decision to go pro is scheduled for 2:00 PM ET today, he released this statement this morning:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Chapel Hill and coming to UNC was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Bernard in a statement released ahead of the press conference. “I feel like the best decision for my future is to enter the NFL draft this year. I want to thank Coach Fedora, this coaching staff and the previous coaching staff for putting me in a position to succeed. I am on track to graduate and I plan on coming back to earn my degree in the Spring of 2014.”