The North Carolina Tar Heels will be without its leading scorer in school history as senior K Casey Barth will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
The 2012 Lou Groza Semi-Finalist suffered the injury tackling Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Jamal Golden.
This is a devastating loss for the Heels as it prepares to exorcise its demons tomorrow night against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Barth was simple in his comment on the injury…
“Just bad luck,” Barth added Tuesday night.
With the all-time leading scorer out, Carolina will turn to walk-on sophomore Thomas Moore to handle the kicking duties for the rest of the season.
Barth is kicking royalty for the Tar Heels as he followed his brother Conner Barth who was a man of legend as well. Connor currently handles the kicking duties for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Wilmington, North Carolina, native is UNC’s all-time leader in career field goals made with 66, career extra points made with 160 and consecutive extra points made with 126. He set a single-season school record for consecutive extra points made with 44 with four PATs this past Saturday. Barth also became the school’s all-time leading scorer this season with 358 points.
Definitely not the way Barth or the Tar Heels wanted to end the season.
In addition to Barth, Carolina listed 11 other players as being done for the season.
Freshman wide receiver Kedrick Davis, sophomore tight end Sean Fitzpatrick, freshman fullback Connor Gonet, sophomore tackle T.J. Leifheit, junior linebacker Darius Lipford, freshman running back Travis Riley, freshman placekicker Miller Snyder, sophomore wide receiver T.J. Thorpe, senior offensive tackle Brennan Williams, freshman linebacker Phil Williamson and redshirt freshman defensive back Sam Smiley.
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