Four Tar Heels selected to Senior Bowl
Posted January 15, 2012
Updated January 16, 2012
Mobile, Ala. — North Carolina will send an ACC-best four players to the 2012 Senior Bowl. Defensive end Quinton Coples, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell, linebacker Zach Brown and wide receiver Dwight Jones have all officially accepted invites to the 2012 game, it was announced today.
The senior showcase event is set for 3 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, Jan. 28th in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.
“This is an outstanding group of seniors from North Carolina,” Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. “All four players had productive careers in Chapel Hill and are very deserving of this opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the National Football League.”
Coples was a first-team All-ACC selection this season after leading the Tar Heels in both tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (7.5). He posted 55 total tackles on the year — good enough for fourth-best on the team. He ranks fourth in the country among active players with 24 career sacks and leaves Chapel Hill with 144 total tackles, five forced fumbles, 22 quarterback hurries and four pass breakups.
Powell was an Honorable Mention All-ACC honoree in 2011 after starting all 13 games at defensive tackle for the Tar Heels. He recorded 46 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and a forced fumble. The Ahoskie, N.C., native tallied 135 total tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 27 career starts.
Brown earned first-team All-ACC honors and was a Butkus Award semifinalist this season after leading the Tar Heels with 105 tackles. He also posted 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and four pass breakups. Brown closed out his career with a season-high 14 tackles in North Carolina’s bowl game against Missouri—his fifth double-digit tackle game of the year. He totaled 230 career tackles, including 19 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, seven interceptions, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles.
Jones was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2011 after leading the league with 85 receptions and 12 receiving touchdowns. He also totaled 1,196 receiving yards and averaged 92 yards per game. His 85 receptions were the fifth-most in ACC history for a single-season. Jones posted five 100-yard receiving games this season and nine for his career. He finished his career with 2,163 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.