UNC's Bernard did not travel with team
Posted September 14, 2012
Updated September 15, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — University of North Carolina running back Gio Bernard did not travel with the team to Louisville Friday according to the school and his status for Saturday's game is uncertain.
Bernard, who had also been returning punts, was seen practicing earlier in the week with a brace on his left knee. On Wednesday, head coach Larry Fedora said that Bernard had not missed any reps in practice and that he “looked good.”
Bernard, last season’s ACC Freshman of the Year, scored three touchdowns in the first half of the opener against Elon before injuring his left knee. He did not return to the field for the second half of the opener and was also forced to sit out last week’s 28-27 loss to Wake Forest.
In Bernard’s absence, A.J. Blue and Romar Morris received most of the carries against the Demon Deacons. Blue has three touchdowns on 28 carries totaling 145 yards to lead the Tar Heels in all three categories.
Roy Smith filled in for Bernard on punt returns last week. He totaled 28 yards on three returns with a long of 16 yards.
Louisville (2-0, 0-0 Big East) has yet to give up 100 yards total rushing in a game this year. They held Missouri State to 99 yards last week and Kentucky to 93 yards in the opener.