CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina says six starters will return in 2010 for their senior seasons.
Five starters from the Atlantic Coast Conference's top total defense on Monday announced their intention to come back next season.
Coach Butch Davis says defensive tackle Marvin Austin, defensive backs Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams and linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter will return to the Tar Heels' defense. Receiver Greg Little also will return to the offense.
They all were mentioned as possible early entrants to the NFL draft.
Davis says he met with the players during their junior season and after the Meineke Bowl loss to Pittsburgh, and says he recommended that each return for a final season.
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