Omarion Hampton named ACC Running Back of the Week

It was an excellent weekend for North Carolina running back Omarion Hampton, and his efforts are being rewarded by being named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) running back of the week.

Hampton ran the Tar Heels to its double overtime win over Appalachian State on Saturday, finishing with a career-high 234 rushing yards. The Sophomore tacked on three touchdowns, with an impressive 9 yards per average.

Hampton played a prominent role in the victory for UNC, helping the workload after news dropped that the ACC running back of last week, British Brooks, would not play due to a lower-body injury. Hampton became the Tar Heels’ first 200-yard rusher since Ty Chandler did it in 2021 against Wake Forest with 213 yards on the ground.

Despite a slow start in the passing game, UNC’s running back room has lived up to its hype. Hampton and the Tar Heels will return on Saturday to take on Minnesota.

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