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Randy Jordan knows something about scary, season-ending injuries. When he was entering his junior year at North Carolina, Jordan remembers a spring practice that finished with the Oklahoma drill, a 1-on-1 matchup between a ball carrier and tackler in a confined space. As Jordan recalls, a freshman running back, Natrone Means, had just schooled linebacker Tommy Thigpen, one of the Tar Heels’ premier players. “Natrone runs him over, and everyone is like, ‘Oh, man,’ so now it’s my turn,” Jordan says. “And I was like ‘Man, Natrone get back up here,’ I didn’t want to go up there. So Tommy […]

Randy Jordan knows something about scary, season-ending injuries.

When he was entering his junior year at North Carolina, Jordan remembers a spring practice that finished with the Oklahoma drill, a 1-on-1 matchup between a ball carrier and tackler in a confined space. As Jordan recalls, a freshman running back, Natrone Means, had just schooled linebacker Tommy Thigpen, one of the Tar Heels’ premier players.

“Natrone runs him over, and everyone is like, ‘Oh, man,’ so now it’s my turn,” Jordan says. “And I was like ‘Man, Natrone get back up here,’ I didn’t want to go up there. So Tommy jumps back up there and goes, ‘I’m going to go at him again,’ so unfortunately I’m next, so [Thigpen] took it out on me.”

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By Jake Kring-Schreifels