CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- North Carolina linebacker Mark Paschal's football career has ended after suffering a cervical spine injury in a game with North Carolina State.
Paschal, a senior and team captain, is expected to make a full recovery from Saturday's injury. But the schools' sports medicine staff recommended he no longer play football because of the risk of further injury.
"Our first concern is the health of Mark Paschal," said Coach Butch Davis. "Our sports medicine staff has assured him and his parents that he will make a complete recovery. Mark has had a terrific senior season, has been a great leader for us, and is on track to graduate in May."
Paschal has not missed a game in his career, playing in 47 straight. He leads the 7-4 Tar Heels with 103 tackles, 6 1/2 tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions this season.