- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina junior tailback Elijah Hood won’t play in the Sun Bowl against Stanford due to medical reasons but will return to the team in 2017 instead of entering the NFL draft.

In a statement from the school, Hood said he was “disappointed I cannot be with my football brothers” for the bowl game as he stays in North Carolina to recover, but said he was eager to return to school for his season season.

The school didn’t specify the nature of Hood’s medical issues.

The Charlotte native ranked as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top rushers in 2015 after running for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns, but he ran for just 858 and eight scores this year for the Tar Heels (8-4).

___

More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide