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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  ▪ Conference Record: 3-3 (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

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