CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Giovani Bernard turned in a strong debut for the Tar Heels after missing last season with a knee injury. He could give the Tar Heels a strong complement to starting tailback Ryan Houston all season.
Bernard ran for 64 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries in the easy win against James Madison. He also had two catches for 8 yards while playing behind Houston, a fifth-year senior. Bernard showed shifty moves to avoid tackles and the patience to let his blocking develop before turning upfield.
Houston and Bernard could have a tougher time against Rutgers, particularly after the loss of fullback Devon Ramsay. The school says Ramsay is out for the year after tearing ligaments in his left knee against the Dukes.