The Hurricanes have plenty of talent and depth on their defensive line. So, it is probably not a big deal that we learned Thursday redshirt freshman defensive end Gavin Hardin "will be out for awhile."
Hardin, last year's Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year, was granted a medical hardship at the end of last season for unspecified reasons. Chances are, whatever ailed him last year is probably the reason he's still out.
The good news? So far, Hardin is the only Cane out with an injury to this point.
Other teams in the ACC haven't been as fortunate. Boston College lost linebacker Mark Herzlich, the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year last year, this summer after he learned he had a rare form of cancer. N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving was involved in a car accident and June and whether or not he returns remains in the air. This week, ACC preseason favorite Virginia Tech lost star running back Darren Evans to a torn ACL. Thursday, North Carolina lost one of their top offensive linemen Carl Gaskins, who was competing for the starting job at left tackle, to another torn ACL.
> Today is one of three two-a-day practices this fall. Players will be made available after the 3:30 practice.