|P.J. Clyburn last played for North Carolina in 2012. (UNC Athletics photo)|
Two years after injuries ended their time as members of the North Carolina football team, P.J. Clyburn and Reggie Wilkins will get a chance to finish their college careers at Winston-Salem State. The former Tarheels are among several former Division I players that will look to lift the team to its fifth-straight CIAA Southern Division title.
Clyburn and Wilkins both left UNC’s football program following the 2013 season, but were given medical exemptions to remain students in Chapel Hill. Clyburn, a linebacker from Statesville, suffered a shoulder injury in 2012 which stifled his career. Wilkins, a receiver from Shelby, caught four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt freshman in 2011 before injuries sidetracked his career.
WSSU only recently revealed its 2015 roster, which includes several former FBS and FCS newcomers.
Other notable newcomers include former Tennessee running back Justus Pickett, former Old Dominion running back Malik Moseley, former Ohio State receiver Brandon Ojikutu, former UNC defensive end Phillip Williamson and former NC State defensive end Joe Wright.
The offense will also benefit from the return of receivers Marcel Caver and Rashawn Williams. Caver, a 2014 transfer from Youngstown State, was hampered by injuries down the stretch last season. Williams, a 6’4 receiver from Vancouver, Washington, missed last season due to academic issues.