December 09, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says junior defensive tackle Nazair Jones will enter the NFL draft.

In a statement released by the school Friday, Jones said he was ''thankful'' for his time at UNC, while coach Larry Fedora called Jones a leader on the defensive line and ''someone everyone on the team respected.''

Jones has a career-high 62 tackles to go with 7+ tackles for loss, 1+ sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups this season.

The Tar Heels (8-4) face Stanford in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.

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