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Heels' Gaskins, Taylor injure knees

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North Carolina's depth on the offensive line decreased Wednesday when offensive tackle Carl Gaskins tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the morning practice.

Team spokesman Kevin Best announced today that Gaskins, a sophomore who was competing for playing time at left tackle, is out for the season. Gaskins played in five games last season and was listed as a backup to senior Kyle Jolly.

Senior H-back Ryan Taylor also suffered a knee injury, although it wasn't quite as serious. Taylor sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss about one month.

Taylor was listed as the starting H-back on the preseason depth chart and has been one of the team's most versatile players. He played mostly as a reserve linebacker last season and is a standout on special teams. Last season he shared special teams captain honors with Matt Merletti. 



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Donavan Tate GONE

Now Donavan Tate is gone to play baseball, at leat this one was not arrested.

Wow, it hasn't been a good

Wow, it hasn't been a good week for unc football, has it? I sincerely hope the injured players make full recoveries, and I hope that the criminals get what's coming to them.

College FB is becoming more

College FB is becoming more and more a matter of last man standing ....

State and Carolina are being

State and Carolina are being killed by injury.

starting to rain

dam* it!

As far as the OL...

it's looking more and more like the freshmen will play a large part. Of the 4 commitments for 2010 3 are offensive linemen. I hope no more players are hurt or leave. It's one of the lowest areas of depth. No doubt the 2 true and 1 redshirt freshmen will no probably play.
Taylor will certainly be missed, but atleast he'll be back, eventually.

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Ken Tysiac has covered the ACC for The Charlotte Observer since 2003, and spent the previous eight years covering Clemson for the Anderson Independent-Mail and then The State in South Carolina. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.