North Carolina linebacker Tyrell Tomlin is academically ineligible for the fall semester and is no longer enrolled in classes, the school announced on Tuesday.
Tomlin, who appeared in 10 games last year during his freshman season, entered the preseason listed as a backup on the depth chart at the strong-side linebacker position. He had been expected to compete for significant playing time, and could have entered the season as a primary reserve at outside linebacker.
In addition to Tomlin, who finished last season with four tackles, sophomore Cole Holcomb was listed on the preseason depth chart as the backup to Shakeel Rashad at strong-side linebacker. Tomlin so far is UNC's only player who has been lost for the season.
Malik Simmons, a senior cornerback, will miss the team's first two games while he serves a suspension related to two misdemeanor charges – marijuana possession and resisting arrest – he recently faced.
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Tomlin, meanwhile, had been seen as an up-and-coming player on UNC's defense. A native of Marietta, Ga., he was considered by Rivals.com to be among the top 30 prospects in Georgia in his senior season.