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North Carolina loses another key player

By Mark Giannotto

With all the issues encircling North Carolina's football program this year, it really is remarkable that the Tar Heels are still in the conversation to qualify for the ACC championship game heading into Saturday's game against No. 16 Virginia Tech.

But North Carolina was dealt yet another blow this weekend, when senior running back Johnny White fractured his right clavicle during the first half the Tar Heels' 37-35 win over Florida State this weekend. He will miss the rest of the season.

White was leading the team in rushing with 720 yards and seven touchdowns and ranked fourth in the ACC in all-purpose yards. North Carolina has now had 31 scholarship players miss at least one game -- 17 due to injuries and another 14 as a result of the NCAA's investigation into allegations of academic misconduct and athletes receiving improper benefits.

In case you missed it, the Hokies will also be dealing with a key injury when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. Wide receiver Dyrell Roberts suffered a thigh bruise in Thursday night's win over Georgia Tech that developed a compartment syndrome. He underwent surgery over the weekend and will be out until at least Virginia Tech's bowl game.

By Mark Giannotto  | November 8, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
 
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