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Mike Voight, 1954-2012

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Sad news for the Carolina football family as the Associated Press is reporting that former UNC standout Mike Voight was found dead in his home in Chesapeake, VA on Tuesday. He was 58. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Voight was the ACC Player of the Year in 1975 and 1976 and rushed for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons for the Tar Heels. He is second on the all-time UNC rushing list with 3,971 yards and his number 44 was one of the first Carolina football jerseys honored in Kenan Stadium.

Voight rushed for over 1,400 yards as a senior, including 261 against Duke in a 39-38 win in the 1976 regular season finale. Carolina went to three bowl games during his time in Chapel Hill. Voight was also the ACC 60-yard high hurdles champion as a freshman.

Voight played in the NFL for one year for the Houston Oilers before an off-season automobile accident ended his playing career.

Our condolences go out to Voight's family and friends.