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Former UNC DE Paige-Moss arrested

Posted May 10, 2012

— Former North Carolina defensive end Donte Paige-Moss was charged with speeding, reckless driving to endanger and driving while impaired in Orange County Wednesday.

Paige-Moss is set to appear in court June 28. 

The junior declared for the 2012 NFL draft on January 2 but went undrafted. He has yet to sign anywhere as a free agent.

Paige-Moss, who posted 29 tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss in a backup role in 2011, tore the ACL in his right knee during the Independence Bowl last season.

The Jacksonville, N.C. native had his biggest year in 2010, starting 12 games and recording 49 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses of 77 yards and 7.0 sacks.

Paige-Moss was a five-star recruit and All-American out of high school, but made headlines with a couple off-the-field issues during his freshman year. A month after enrolling in 2009, he was charged with misdemeanor simple assault following an altercation with a teammate, though the charge was dropped and he was disciplined internally. In the 2009 regular season finale against NC State, a post-game altercation led to him being suspended by then-head coach Butch Davis for the team's bowl game.

He entered 2011 on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Award -- both national honors presented to the nation's top defensive football player -- but sophomore Kareem Martin emerged from preseason camp atop the depth chart at his defensive end position.


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  • NCSU84 Jun 11, 2012

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    Hope so too..

  • rcox May 20, 2012

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    People should be jealous. We still have class and as far as the whole world laughing they are quiet about. I have no use for players that took benefits and definitely no use for a driver that gets behind the wheel after drinking. But we fired a coach who was found of no wrongdoing our AD retired early because of it but Mr. Thorp has yet to take responsibility for any of this including the classes where grades were changed so any Coach could have asked about grades and been lied to just like Thorp lied about Davis being safe. When is he going to accept responsibility. I don't like the athletes and students that have done things the right way being punished and talked about by other fans.

  • Rapid Deployment May 17, 2012

    He could probably have been charged with DWDA (Drinking while doing anything.

    Switching sugjects to NC State, it would SEEM that they should be really good, top level of the conference, NCAA bid, etc. You know,if the chemistry isn't right, they could wind up in the middle of the pack (no pun intended). Everybody talks about who gets the most hamburger flippers. Wonder if you went back a ways and looked at some of the really successful teams who won without the 5 star recruits, just good kids who wanted to get an education and play together. David Stern is going the wrong way wanting to require kids to spend two years in college before being able to declare. What happens if these kids don't bother to go to class the whole first year? Gonna make them spend another year to complete the two year requirement? Stern is just trying to use the colleges to train the kids when he has his own development league to do it for him. They pay their guys millions for riding the pine, they could spend some on their developmental league and let the kids go straight from high school to the pros. Then, we could all fuss at each other on here on an equal playing field. We'd probaly also (and a I mean all schools) get a better quality of morality in our STUDENT ATHLETES.

  • HeelHead May 16, 2012

    DWI? Should be DWT Drinking While Training.... No wonder he's not drafted, the bad behavior started even before he got to be a bad boy in the NFL. Like RDl73162 (BTW get a handle for christ sake) I have no sympathy for drinking and driving, fry him!

  • nufsaid May 15, 2012

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    This made me laugh. By the way I agreed with Jgunn.

  • early exit Roy May 14, 2012

    You people on the board know I am not a unc fan, but I hear this guy has some real problems. I know some of you are going to say that's evident, but I understand there are real issues he might not have much control over.

  • Tarheel born May 14, 2012

    I'm just glad he doesn't and never will again wear Carolina Blue.........good riddance!!! He may have 'been' a 5 star recruit out of high school but he's certainly a "first class" j35k out of college.......

    GO HEELS!!

  • 4YourConsideration May 14, 2012

    Random thoughts:
    -DPM continues to make bad choices. Declaring early for the NFL draft was one of them. Drinking and driving is another. Hope this guy can reverse the downward spiral and get his act together.
    -The complete absence of character in several of Butch Davis' recruits continues to sully UNC athletics. Have to wonder if some of those fans that initially supported Butch have a different perspective now that the scandal is winding down.
    -This news - coupled with recent articles about academic integrity issues at UNC - are embarrassing even for us non-UNC fans. I feel especially bad for the kindly and objective Heel supporters in this forum (jgunn immediately comes to mind - but there are others). Speaking only for myself, I look forward to the day when the fans of all Triangle universities can debate only what happens in head-to-head match-ups. The parade of NCAA investigations and arrest reports is beyond tiresome.

  • Objective Scientist May 12, 2012

    My impression of DPM... one of many football - basketball athletes who cared primarily/only about advancing to the NFL/NBA and otherwise had no interest in "attending college". He should never have been admitted.

  • grh90 May 12, 2012

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    It does seem that our friends over at WRAL dig a little harder when it comes to the light blue.




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