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1979 North Carolina Tar Heels Roster

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Record: 8-3-1, .708 W-L% (27th of 140) ▪ Rank: 15th in Final AP Poll
Conference: ACC (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Dick Crum (8-3-1)

PS/G: 24.2 (34th of 140) ▪ PA/G: 13.9 (27th of 140)
SRS: 16.45 (11th of 140) ▪ SOS: 7.70 (24th of 140)

Bowl Game: Won Gator Bowl 17-15 versus Michigan

  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Rk Player Class Pos Summary
1 Matt Kupec* QB 123 Cmp, 227 Att, 1587 Yds, 18 TD
2 Rod Elkins QB
3 Chuck Sharpe QB 3 Cmp, 7 Att, 44 Yds, 0 TD
4 Amos Lawence* RB
5 Doug Paschal* RB 177 Att, 835 Yds, 4.7 Avg
6 Kelvin Bryant RB 42 Att, 149 Yds, 3.5 Avg
7 Ron DeMarco RB 9 Att, 33 Yds, 3.7 Avg
8 Billy Johnson RB 78 Att, 365 Yds, 4.7 Avg
9 Amos Lawrence RB 225 Att, 1019 Yds, 4.5 Avg
10 Walter Sturdivant RB 14 Att, 47 Yds, 3.4 Avg
11 Jeff Grey* WR 17 Rec, 230 Yds, 13.5 Avg
12 Wayne Tucker* WR 16 Rec, 219 Yds, 13.7 Avg
13 Phil Farris WR 7 Rec, 153 Yds, 21.9 Avg
14 P.J. Gay WR 9 Rec, 87 Yds, 9.7 Avg
15 Victor Harrison WR
16 Jon Richardson WR 5 Rec, 78 Yds, 15.6 Avg
17 Mike Chatham* TE 29 Rec, 448 Yds, 15.4 Avg
18 Shelton Robinson TE 2 Rec, 19 Yds, 9.5 Avg
19 Rick Donnalley* OL
20 Carl Hackley* OL
21 Steve Junkmann* OL
22 Mark Suggs* OL
23 Ron Wooten* OL
24 David Drechsler OL
25 Mike Marr OL
26 John Brugos* DL
27 Bob Duncan* DL
28 Donnell Thompson* DL
29 Paul Davis DL
30 Harry Stanback DL
31 Buddy Curry* LB
32 Calvin Daniels* LB
33 Darrell Nicholson* LB
34 Lawrence Taylor* LB
35 Ricky Barden* DB
36 Alana Burrus* DB
37 David Singleton* DB
38 Steve Streater* DB