Giovani’s future looks good

Updated: November 2, 2012

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—If you didn’t know him, when you heard his name-Givonai Bernard, you probably thought he was a fashion designer, or some type of super model.

Black Athletes…Wow!

But he isn’t a super model, even though he looked really good wearing the University of North Carolina Tarheel’s new silver helmet with the large Carolina blue footprints on each side and their navy blue uniforms last Saturday,  when he sprinted pass Wolfpack defenders on the way to the end zone during his 76 yard game winning punt return touchdown with just 13 seconds remaining on the clock, which gave the Heels a stunning 42 to 35 victory over their inter-state rival N.C.State.

Bernard, who is a 5’10, 210 pounds sophomore running back from Davie, Florida, has made quite an impact in the ACC this year.

For instance, in the last seven games, he has amassed 1,249 total yards from scrimmage with 13 touchdowns, including two punt returns for touchdowns.

Currently, Bernard has carried the football 123 times for 930 yards this season.

And with his downhill running style, many NFL scouts are started to compare him with another Florida native, Emmitt Smith, who after graduating from the University of Florida, went onto become the all-time leading rusher in  NFL history with the Dallas Cowboys.

Like Emmitt, Bernard is explosive when running in between tackles. Plus, he has good hands, which allows him to catch passes in the flat.

He displayed this ability also in the N.C.State game by catching eight passes for 95 yards, while rushing for 135 yards on 23 attempts with two touchdowns.

Bernard’s versatility, in fact, makes him an excellent future NFL prospect.

And with another impressive performance against Georgia Tech this week for Homecoming, Gio could be considered a Heisman Trophy candidate this year and possibly a forerunner for next year’s award.

Unfortuanately, Giovani won’t be playing in any bowl games this year, due to NCAA sanctions, which prevent the Tar heels’ football program from participating in the postseason.

Therefore, Bernard as well as his teammates utilized Saturday’s win against the Wolfpack as a substitute victory.

“Deep down, definitely it meant more to us,” Bernard said. “This game was our Super Bowl.”

Saturday’s Super Bowl victory, in fact, snapped the Tar Heels’ five game losing streak against the Wolfpack and boosted their record to 6-3 on the season.