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UNC: NCAA clears Farmer to play for Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says the NCAA has cleared defensive tackle Ethan Farmer to play after resolving an unspecified eligibility issue.

The fifth-year senior started all 13 games last year and was the only returning starter on the line. He had 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in 2013 after two years as a reserve.

In a statement Thursday, coach Larry Fedora said Farmer worked hard in preseason and didn't let his uncertain status affect his preparation.

The No. 23 Tar Heels host Liberty in Saturday's opener.

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