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Running Backs 1) Giovani Bernard School: NC, Redshirt Soph. Height: 5’ 8” Weight: 202 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: 4.53

Jayme Joers

RB “Giovoni Bernard is the full package”

Bernard’s showing against the Hokies marked his return to full form as he totaled over 100 yards on the ground and through the air in every game for the rest of the 2012 season.

2012 stats: 184 carries, 1228 yards, 12 TDs; 47 receptions, 490 yards, 5 TDs; 16 punt returns, 263 yards, 2 Bernard missed two games early in TDs 2012 with an injury but scored a rushing touchdown in each of the 2) Joseph Randle 12 remaining games he played. He’s School: Oklahoma State, Jr. shown his ability to master new ofHeight: 6’ 0” fensive styles, which will transition Weight: 204 lbs. well into the pro game. 40-Yard Dash: 4.63

Bernard’s short build allows him to keep his legs moving while being tackled and consistently falls forward for extra yardage. He will impact the running, receiving and return game.

184 carries, 1228 yards, 12 TDs

In a nutshell: Giovani Bernard is the full package. After sitting out his first year due to an ACL injury, Bernard rebounded, racking up over 1,200 yards on the ground in both 2011 and 2012. He led the Tar Heels offense in 2011 as a redshirt freshmen with 1,253 yards on 239 carries with 13 TDs. He also contributed in the passing game catching 25 passes for 362 yards. Despite an offensive scheme change to a shotgun style, Bernard’s numbers remained consistent in 2012, when he ran for 1,228 yards on 184 carries and racked up 490 yards with 47 receptions.

In a nutshell: After losing weapons Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon to the NFL last year, the Oklahoma State Cowboys turned to Joseph Randle. In his junior year, Randle rushed for 1,417 yards and Best game: In his fourth game of went for over 100 yards in eight the season, Bernard had a breakout games. game against Virginia Tech. He not only became the first Tar Heel run- In his three years at Oklahoma State, ning back to rush for over 200 yards Randle has averaged over five yards since 2003, but he amassed more per carry and played a solid role in yardage than any other running the passing game. back ever has against a Frank Beamer coached Virginia Tech team. Randle’s size is more wide receiver Bernard averaged 11.4 yards per carry, and on 23 attempts he ran for 262 yards. He also caught three passes for 10 yards. Bernard had two runs for over 50 yards, including a 62-yard dash on fourth-and-1.

than running back, and increasing his power and speed was crucial to his game in 2012.

At the NFL Combine, Randle was a top performer in the broad jump at 123”. With his increased leg power, Randle’s natural ability to fall forThe soon-to-be former Tar Heel also ward should help him rack up even returned three punts that day with a more yardage in the NFL. His speed long of 16 yards.

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A preview of the 2013 NFL Draft, including position profiles on more than 300 players, feature articles and columns.