Tar Heels' leading receiver returning

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Yesterday, it was reported that five starters on North Carolina’s defense would be returning for another season at Chapel Hill.

Those five juniors — defensive tackle Marvin Austin, defensive backs Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams, and linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter — did indeed announce they were returning at a press conference this afternoon.  As did another player, only this one came from the other side of the ball.

Wide out Greg Little, the Tar Heels’ leading receiver in 2009, also announced today that he was returning for his senior season.  With his 62 receptions, Little became just the fifth player in school history to top the 60-catch mark.

Head coach Butch Davis said in a statement that his advice to all six players was to return for the 2010 season.

Throughout the year, and also following the bowl game, we sat down with the juniors who were considering entering the NFL Draft and educated them on the selection process and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of leaving early,” said Davis, who has coached or recruited 30 NFL first-round draft picks as a college head coach. “After talking with NFL personnel around the country, I thought it was in the best interest of all six players to return for their senior seasons. Not only will they benefit as football players by staying an additional year, but all six are on track to earn a degree from North Carolina. “It was an individual decision for each player, and for some it was harder than others. They all want to continue the momentum we have in this program, build Carolina into a championship contender and be a part of a special senior class.”