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UNC's Elijah hood jumps into the stands with fans before the game. The University of North Carolina Tar Heels hosted the University of Illinois Fighting Illini at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in a 2015 NCAA Division I College Football game. UNC won the game 48-14. Photographer: Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire

UNC RB Elijah Hood passes 2,000 career rushing yards mark

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University of North Carolina Tar Heels running back Elijah Hood has had a successful run with the program since coming onto the scene as a freshman in 2014. The Charlotte, N.C. product experienced nothing but success after he was handed the opportunity to be the feature back for the Tar Heels.

After a 1,463-yard season as a sophomore in 2015, Hood became the 14th player in UNC history to rush for more than 2,000 yards for his career on Saturday — an impressive milestone reached by Hood early in his third season with the Tar Heels during the team’s ACC meeting with the Pitt Panthers.

Hood has been outstanding again in 2016. Through the first three games of the season, the UNC back has 266 rushing yards on 43 carries for a 6.2 YPC average, stellar numbers for one of the best running backs in the history of the Tar Heels program.

In addition to the yardage accomplishments, Hood has also found the end zone at an impressive rate throughout his UNC career with 25 career rushing touchdowns.

Already one of the best running backs in the history of the school, the next question for Hood after 2,000 yards will be how long the running back will stay in college. With impressive numbers there will be the temptation of the NFL after Hood’s Junior year.

UNC RB Elijah Hood passes 2,000 career rushing yards mark

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