UNC duo duke it out

Touted freshman Donte Paige-Moss faces a court date after his fight with a teammate.

Staff WriterAugust 12, 2009 

— A reported residence hall fight with a teammate led to the arrest last month of highly touted North Carolina freshman Donte Paige-Moss.

Paige-Moss and fellow freshman Hunter Furr are practicing with the football team, and coach Butch Davis said Tuesday the issue has been handled internally.

However, Paige-Moss still faces an Aug. 20 appearance date in Orange County Court.

The defensive end from Pollocksville was charged with misdemeanor simple assault, according to a report from UNC's Department of Public Safety.

Furr was visiting a friend's room in UNC's Horton Hall on July 16 when the incident occurred, the report said. Paige-Moss, 18, is accused of punching Furr "at least twice" in the nose and pushing him to the floor, according to the report.

Furr was treated and released at UNC Hospitals, the report said.

Neither Paige-Moss nor Furr, a running back from Lewisville, was available for comment Tuesday. Team policy prevents freshmen from speaking to the media until they have participated in their first game.

Davis called the altercation a "very unfortunate situation" and said the two freshmen are "very, very good friends."

"We've talked about it to both of the players," Davis said. "We've already handled it internally."

Asked if Paige-Moss would be suspended for the Sept. 5 opener against The Citadel or miss any game time, Davis repeated, "We've handled everything internally."

Scout.com rated Paige-Moss the eighth-best prospect in the country from the class of 2009, and the top defensive end.

He is one of the highest-rated recruits to enter the ACC this season.

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