Three Tar Heels Sign With NFL Teams
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Three North Carolina players signed free agent contracts with NFL teams in the days after the draft. Linebacker Kevin Reddick signed with New Orleans, place-kicker Casey Barth inked a deal with the Atlanta Falcons and Erik Highsmith signed with Minnesota.
In four seasons with the Tar Heels, Reddick appeared in 50 games with 43 starts at middle linebacker and posted career totals of 275 tackles, 36 stops for a loss, 8.5 sacks, two interceptions, 16 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a senior, the All-ACC selection paced UNC with 85 tackles, 6.5 sacks, a league-best 18.5 stops for a loss, two forced fumbles and six passes defensed.
Barth, a native of Wilmington, N.C., set UNC career records for points, field goals and consecutive extra points made during his four seasons with the Tar Heels. He was a semifinalist for the Groza Award in 2012, earned honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2010 and was a second-team All-ACC performer in 2009.
Highsmith, a native of Vanceboro, N.C., ranks third all-time at UNC with 166 receptions. He played in 51 games at UNC and made at least one reception in 45 of those. As a senior, he started all 12 games and had a personal-best 54 receptions for 587 yards and scored five touchdowns.