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LAWRENCE TAYLOR, OUTSIDE LINEBACKER, 1980 From midway in his junior season until the end of his senior year in 1980, Taylor dominated the foot- ball field as few defensive players ever had. Now regarded as the finest outside linebacker in the his- tory of the game, Taylor had a remarkable senior season which featured a school-record 16 quarterback sacks and six other tackles for losses. In Carolina’s only close games in an 11-1 season, Taylor made the game-saving defensive plays against Texas Tech and Clemson. He was a runaway selection as ACC Player of the Year. LAWRENCE TAYLOR - CAREER STATISTICS (Defensive Statistics Not Kept Until 1978) Year Pri A Hits FC FR TFL 1978 18 10 28 0 0 0 QB INT 0 0 1979 80 15 95 7 0 11-70 5-51 1 1980 55 14 69 3 3 22-149 16-127 0 Don McCauley is carried off the field by the Kenan Stadium faithful following his legendary final home game performance in 1970. McCauley rushed for 279 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 59-42 win over the Blue Devils. RON RUSNAK, OFFENSIVE GUARD, 1972 Rusnak was a unanimous All-America selection in 1972 as Carolina posted an 11-1 record. At 6-2 and 220 pounds, he did not have the size to play profes- sional football, but Rusnak was a great college player. He was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice, starting on teams which combined for a 20-4 record. In 1972 he won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the ACC. KEN HUFF, OFFENSIVE GUARD, 1974 Huff was a key man on one of the most explosive units in Carolina history. He was the leader of an offensive line which helped the Tar Heels accumulate 4,691 yards, at the time a school record, in 1974. The 6-4, 255-pound Huff won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sparked in great part by his play up front, the Tar Heels had two backs rush for over 1,000 yards in the same season. Huff was the third player selected in the NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts. CHARLES WADDELL, TIGHT END, 1974 Waddell rates as one of the best all-around athletes in Carolina history. He won three football letters, two in basketball and one in track. Not only was he a fine receiver at tight end, but he was also a dynamic block- er. He set a school single-game record in 1974 with three touchdown catches against Clemson. He had 41 career catches for 518 yards and seven TDs. His pro- fessional career was cut short by a knee injury. Year 1972 1973 1974 CHARLES WADDELL - CAREER STATISTICS Rec 3 Career 21 17 41 Yds 70 242 206 518 Avg. 23.3 11.5 12.1 12.6 TD 1 3 3 7 DEE HARDISON, DEFENSIVE TACKLE, 1977 A two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Hardison played on one of the top defensive teams in Carolina history. UNC led the nation in scoring defense in 1977, giving up just 7.4 points a game. The Tar Heels led the ACC in total, rushing, passing and scoring defense. A big reason was the play of Hardison, a 6-3, 252-pound tackle who dominated the line of scrimmage all season. After leaving Carolina he began a lengthy NFL career with the Buffalo Bills. RICKY BARDEN, DEFENSIVE BACK, 1979 One of the top defensive backs in Carolina history, Barden was a repeat All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 1978 and 1979. Barden made nine career interceptions. He started at cornerback for two years and then was shifted to strong safety for his final year where he broke up nine passes and was the third-lead- ing tackler on the team. His 156 yards on interception returns are the third-most in school history. RON WOOTEN, OFFENSIVE GUARD, 1980 Wooten won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 1980 as the best blocker in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He was the leading vote-getter in the offensive line on the All-ACC team. He was one of the leaders of an offensive line which helped the Tar Heels lead the ACC in total offense and which also helped produce two 1,000-yard backs. He went on to become a start- ing guard with New England in the NFL. DAVID DRECHSLER, OFFENSIVE GUARD, 1981-82 Drechsler became Carolina’s first two-time All- America since Charlie Justice and Art Weiner when he earned first-team honors in 1981 and 1982. He played every position in the offensive interior during his Carolina career, but settled in at guard. The 6-4, 253-pound Drechsler played on Tar Heel teams which were 37-10-1 and were unbeaten in four bowl games. He also was the winner of a post-graduate scholar- ship from the NCAA. Drechsler went on to become a starter with the Green Bay Packers until a back injury forced him to give up the game. WILLIAM FULLER, DEFENSIVE TACKLE, 1982-83 Fuller is one of just six Carolina players to win first- team All-America honors twice. Although powerfully built at 6-3 and 250 pounds, Fuller’s greatest asset was his quickness. He used that quickness to make 13 tackles for losses and six sacks in 1982 and 17 tackles for losses with five sacks the following year. He was the only unanimous choice on the 1983 All-ACC team and is one of just three defensive linemen ever to make All-ACC for three straight years. Year WILLIAM FULLER - CAREER STATISTICS Pri A Hits FC FR TFL 1980 0 1 1 0 0 0 QB 0 PBU 0 1981 60 24 84 2 1 22-87 9-66 2 1982 43 16 59 2 1 13-85 6-70 3 1983 54 27 81 0 1 22-81 5-46 4 Career 157 68 225 4 3 57-253 20-182 9 Ron Wooten won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 1980 as the ACC’s best blocker. • 109

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