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Al Golden disappointed UNC's top RB is from southern Florida

Tar Heels RB Giovani Bernard played his high school football not far from Miami. Hurricanes coach Al Golden wishes he didn't let one slip away to an out-of-state school.

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The Miami Hurricanes face North Carolina this Saturday, which means they must contend with standout Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard. Bernard, who attended high school in Ft. Lauderdale, eschewed the in-state schools in favor of playing for then-UNC coach Butch Davis in Chapel Hill.

When talking with reporters on Wednesday, Hurricanes head coach Al Golden expressed his dismay about an in-state prospect getting away. "I hate that he's from down here," Golden said.

Bernard ran for 262 yards on 23 carries in his team's last game, a 48-34 win over Virginia Tech. For the season, Bernard has 475 yards rushing on 52 carries, which is an average of more than 9 yards per attempt. He missed two games earlier in the season because of an injury.

UNC comes into the week on a three-game winning streak, and the Tar Heels are favored to beat the Hurricanes by more than a touchdown. Miami comes into the week looking to bounce back from its 41-3 loss to Notre Dame in Chicago.

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