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NFL Scouts Raving About North Carolina Guard

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On Monday, the ACC league office presented their weekly awards. The offensive lineman of the week went to North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper. According to one NFL expert, the league office isn’t the only one taking notice of Cooper’s ability.

Daniel Jeremiah is a former NFL scout for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens. In addition to scouting collegiate players, Jeremiah was one. He started at quarterback for Appalachian State for three season. His career has now taken him to NFL.com as a football analyst.

Earlier this week, Jeremiah sent out the following tweet on his @MoveTheSticks account:

“I’ve had three different scouts tell me that UNC OG Jonathan Cooper is one of the best OG’s they’ve ever graded. I’m anxious to study him.”

Considering how many great guards there have been in the NFL — via the NFL Draft process — that statement speaks volumes.

During Cooper’s ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week Award game, he helped pave the way for a dominant rushing attack at Miami. He played all 85 offensive snaps without allowing a sack. The 272 yards for the UNC running backs came primarily off his knockdown blocks.

As the ACC season progresses, keep an eye on Cooper. He’ll be playing at a high level on Sunday’s before too long.

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Joe Giglio is the ACC and Big East football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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Phantom Offsides Penalty Costs North Carolina

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All season long, we’ve been hearing about how bad the officiating has been in the NFL. On Saturday night, we saw how much damage bad calls can do in college football as well.

During the ACC title game, the North Carolina Tar Heels were making one final push to steal the crown from the Clemson Tigers. After scoring a quick touchdown in the waning minutes of the game, the Tar Heels lined up for an onside kick — and recovered it after a few Tigers mishandled the ball. However, a flag came flying in for an offsides penalty. The only problem was that no Tar Heel was offsides.

Just look for yourself:

Am I missing something, or were there zero Tar Heels offsides on that play?

The closest player was still about two yards from the line. Obviously a recovery wouldn’t have guaranteed a North Carolina touchdown, but it certainly kept them from getting the opportunity they earned.

The Tigers recovered the next onside kick, and ran out the clock, securing the ACC crown and a spot in the 2015 College Football Playoff.

The ACC title came down to a phantom offsides call that cost North Carolina big.

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