North Carolina Tar Heels’ junior running back Elijah Hood left right before halftime of the team’s game against the No. 12 Florida State Seminoles. He has officially been listed out for the remainder of the contest with an undisclosed injury.
Prior to his exit from the game, Hood carried the ball 13 times for 47 yards, including a fumble inside the Florida State redzone. Entering Saturday’s game, he had picked up 291 yards on the ground on 54 carries, including four touchdowns in his first four games this season for the Tar Heels.
He is coming off a dynamic sophomore campaign in which he rushed for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns for a North Carolina team that made it all the way to the ACC Championship Game. He was named as a First-Team All-ACC selection due to his performance.
A former four-star recruit out of Charlotte Catholic High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hood had originally committed to play at Notre Dame, before switching back to the team from his home state. He was ranked as the No. 1 player coming out of the state of North Carolina in the 2014 recruiting class.
Hood is a vital part of the North Carolina attack, but is backed up by seniors T.J. Logan and Khris Francis, who would shoulder the load should Hood be forced to miss any time beyond Saturday’s game against Florida State.
Looking ahead, the Tar Heels matchup against Virginia Tech and Miami over the next two weeks, arguably their two most difficult games remaining on their schedule. Outside of an opening week loss to Georgia, should Hood’s injury prove not to be severe, the Tar Heels will have a chance at returning to the ACC Championship.