2 injured UNC starters to miss bowl

UNC senior linebacker Bruce Carter and senior guard Alan Pelc both had surgery and will not play in the Tar Heels' bowl game against Tennessee on Dec. 30, the school announced on Tuesday.

Carter had ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning and is expected to return to full participation in the fall of 2011. Carter originally injured his knee against NC State on Nov. 20, 2010.

Pelc had surgery Monday afternoon (Dec. 13) to repair his left shoulder. He will begin rehabilitation immediately.

“Bruce and Alan have meant so much to this program,” coach Butch Davis said in a prepared statement. “They have been great kids, great leaders and, most importantly, they will graduate Sunday with a degree from the University of North Carolina. Obviously, we are disappointed for them that they will not be able to play in the bowl game. However, our main concern is their health and preparing for the future.”

Carter started 43 games, including 10 this season. He was a 2010 finalist for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the nation’s top linebacker. Carter blocked seven kicks in his career and scored twice on interception returns.

Pelc started 34 games in his career, including 11 this season. He graded out over 75 percent in 2010 while playing guard and center.

Herman Davidson is Carter's backup on the depth chart for the bowl game, and Travis Bond is listed at right guard.