CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina tailback Gio Bernard is back to running for big yardage after his early-season injury.
Bernard missed nearly three full games with a knee injury in the opener, but the redshirt sophomore has run for more than 400 yards in the past two games and is on pace for a second straight 1,000-yard season.
The Tar Heels (5-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are unbeaten when Bernard is in the lineup this season heading into Saturday's trip to Duke (5-2, 2-1).
Bernard ran for a career-high 262 yards against Virginia Tech two weeks ago, then ran for 177 more at Miami last weekend.
Last season, Bernard ran for more than 1,200 yards, becoming the first UNC player to reach the 1,000-yard mark since 1997.