Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver T.J. Thorpe (5) on the field in the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

TJ Thorpe Out Indefinitely

Bad news has struck again for TJ Thorpe. InsideCarolina’s Greg Barnes and Dijana Kunovac report that North Carolina Tar Heels receiver TJ Thorpe is out indefinitely after suffering another injury to his left foot.

TJ Thorpe was recruited to be the second coming of Brandon Tate. He was supposed to be the exciting kick returner who would morph into a big play receiver. It just has never happened and reason lies in that left foot.

Thorpe had set up the hype with a good freshman campaign where returned a record 960 yards. He injured left foot in camp of 2012 and missed the season. He then injured that foot again in 2013, though he came back and played most of the season. Of course with any injury, it is the second year back where you start to feel a hundred percent.

There will be at least a hiccup to that. Coach Larry Fedora does not discuss player injuries unless they are season-ending, so maybe that is a good sign for Thorpe. Even so, it can’t be good for Thorpe’s psyche to keep coming back to this same foot issue.

Thorpe is only a junior, and would have one more year to put it all together on the field. If that happens and he has his speed back, then he is a perfect fit for this spread offense. Thorpe would be particularly dangerous on slant routes, where his speed and returner instincts would add several yards to the end of any catch.

For the Tar Heels as a whole this is nothing new. Other wide receivers were expected to have big years regardless of what Thorpe may have done beside them. Among these other options are junior Quinshad Davis and sophomore Ryan Switzer.

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