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Coples works as LB; Jones, Okakpu sit out UNC pro day

Posted March 20, 2012

— At Tuesday's Por- Day held at North Carolina, many had their eyes on defensive end Quinton Coples while wide receiver Dwight Jones and linebacker Ebele Okakpu were held out by the school.

Coples is projected in the top 10 of the NFL Draft by many prognostications. He did not run the 40 yard dash Tuesday but stood on his combine time of 4.78. The 6-foot-6, 284-pounder did go through a series of drills and he was asked by Jets coach Rex Ryan to take part in some linebacker drills.

Coples works as linebacker at Pro Day Coples works as linebacker at Pro Day

"He wanted to see how I would react in a three-point scheme so I went out there, showed him what I have and gave it all I had," Coples said. "A lot of teams are moving to a three-point scheme so I wanted to make sure I was aware of how to play that scheme (before the workout) and how to drop into coverage and things of that nature."

The birthday bash that briefly cost Jones his eligibility also means he sat out Tuesday when the rest of the Tar Heels put on a show for NFL scouts.

UNC declared Jones ineligible in December after learning that he allowed his likeness to be used to promote a party at a club in Burlington, N.C., an NCAA violation. They then petitioned the NCAA and got Jones back for the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26.

Jones led the ACC in 2011 with 79 receptions and was third in the ACC (24th in the nation) in receiving yards with 1,119. He joined teammates Quinton Coples, Tydreke Powell and Zach Brown at the Senior Bowl.

Okakpu, dismissed from the team in the fall for conduct detrimental, was also not allowed to perform at UNC Tuesday.

The omissions were in contrast to last spring, when players caught up in the NCAA's investigation of the football program returned to the field in Chapel Hill.

After almost two years of turmoil cost the program 15 scholarships over three seasons and the shot at a bowl game in 2012, Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said the university was trying to put distance between current players and mistakes of the past.

"Larry’s trying to establish a sense of accountability within the team," Cunningham said of new head coach Larry Fedora. "This does factor into being accountable and responsible for your own actions.”

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  • heelsforever Mar 21, 1:08 p.m.

    For all you Ragers and Haters here is your response. If you shut your pie holes up long enough... View More

    — Posted by Ghost of Rameses

    Is the dress code on the sidelines for pro day sexxxy casual?

    — Posted by NCSU79

    well it is hard to tryout in bib overalls.

    — Posted by onyourheels2

    I switched the plates on my John Deere 7R Series and drove it over Chapel Hill way, but I was... View More

    — Posted by NCSU79

    See, people in Chapel Hill can be nice to State fans. That was some good advice to keep you from getting in trouble and having to pay the fine all by yourself.

  • heelsforever Mar 21, 1:06 p.m.

    not so fast. Reliable sources told me that Dwight Jones worked out at East Chapel Hill High... View More

    — Posted by elamb19

    And how are UNC and ECHHS connected?

  • Hokies94 Mar 21, 11:05 a.m.

    Coples will turn some heads wherever he goes. He looked like a beast in the drills.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Mar 21, 9:05 a.m.

    I like the message Fedora and Cunningham are delivering to the team: play by the rules or you won't play.

  • Cragsdale Mar 20, 7:23 p.m.

    Is the Pro day status of Jones and Okapu really a headline?

    — Posted by Jewelry-EricLeak

    no, it's just another opportunity for wral forum staff to ignore their own rules against purposefully posting in order to inflame others.

  • NCSU79 Mar 20, 5:48 p.m.

    For all you Ragers and Haters here is your response. If you shut your pie holes up long enough... View More

    — Posted by Ghost of Rameses

    Is the dress code on the sidelines for pro day sexxxy casual?

    — Posted by NCSU79

    well it is hard to tryout in bib overalls.

    — Posted by onyourheels2

    I switched the plates on my John Deere 7R Series and drove it over Chapel Hill way, but I was told I couldn't park it there without a tutor to guarantee payment of any possible parking fines.

  • NCSU79 Mar 20, 5:29 p.m.

    not so fast. Reliable sources told me that Dwight Jones worked out at East Chapel Hill High... View More

    — Posted by elamb19

    I hope the first 100 ladies in attendance received some nice mementos of their time with DJ.

  • mxteam44 Mar 20, 4:29 p.m.

    For all you Ragers and Haters here is your response. If you shut your pie holes up long enough... View More

    — Posted by Ghost of Rameses

    Is the dress code on the sidelines for pro day sexxxy casual?

    — Posted by NCSU79

    well it is hard to tryout in bib overalls.

    — Posted by onyourheels2

    Bwahahahaha!!!! Nice!!! LOL!

  • elamb19 Mar 20, 4:27 p.m.

    not so fast. Reliable sources told me that Dwight Jones worked out at East Chapel Hill High school at 2pm today. So much for not learning their lesson. The news won't tell you that.

  • TwKaMF Mar 20, 3:38 p.m.

    HYPOCRITES! lets let Jones play in the bowl yet hold him out of proday?

    — Posted by OGE

    Letting those guys into Pro Day last year was spitting in the face of the NCAA/ACC & ewenc Admin/Alumni. That was the OLD regime(except Thorp), and was a prime example of ewenc pomposity.BTW nobody is looking for a reason to "gripe". Kudos to the NEW attitude!

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