Chacos Might Get Sixth Year

Chacos Might Get Sixth Year

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –- North Carolina has put wheels in motion which may result in the NCAA granting senior left tackle Brian Chacos a sixth year of eligibility, Inside Carolina has learned. It's an arduous process, but one the Tar Heels have had some success with in recent years.

Chacos underwent an appendectomy to begin the 2002 season and was unable to play as a freshman. He then missed most of his second year due to knee surgery. He redshirted in 2001 and only saw limited duty until his sophomore campaign in 2003.

"We have had discussions with Brian and his parents about pursuing a sixth year, due to what transpired early in his career," coach John Bunting said. "It's a long, long process, and I can't even begin to tell you how it starts, what's the mid-point and where it ends. I just know that it's long.

"In order for it to happen, a lot of documentation has to be delivered and discussed. I'm happy that they're going to do that. It's good for Brian and it's good for us. It's certainly something I think he deserves, because I've been here with him since his inception at Carolina and I know what he went through those first two years."

But again, this is just the beginning. However, Chacos said he believes he is deserving of an extra year.

"It would be a great opportunity to come back," he said. "I just love Carolina and I love playing for this university. It would give me another opportunity to hone my skills and get in a better position football-wise and academically. I would love to come back and play another year.

"I've had numerous other injuries that have delayed me in practice and in the conditioning program. If I could come back next year, I would be the lone senior back, with a ton of leadership and experience to filter down to these younger guys. I think I can be a leader on the offense and help the younger guys come along faster than they would. Jeb Terry and Jupiter Wilson were able to help me come along, and I want to be able to do the same thing for them."

Chacos has emerged this season as one of the Tar Heels' best linemen, earning ACC Player of the Week honors for his performance against Virginia, in which he graded out at 86 percent and had 10 knockdown blocks.

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