Quincy Monk, a standout linebacker at North Carolina who went on to play three seasons in the NFL, died Tuesday after a months-long fight with cancer. He was 36.
Monk, a native of Jacksonville, played at UNC from 1998 to 2001. As a senior in 2001, he made 125 tackles and played a leading role on a defense that helped lead the Tar Heels to a victory against Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
He played in the NFL with the New York Giants and Houston Texans. Monk suffered a stroke in 2014 and had recovered from it before being diagnosed more than three months ago with adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
UNC honored Monk before its victory against Wake Forest on Oct. 17. Monk also addressed the team before that game.
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“In the brief time I knew him, it became clear how great of person he was, how much this university meant to him and how much this football program was part of his life,” coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lisa, and his two beautiful children, Naomi and Aiden.”
Duke: Senior safety Jeremy Cash is one of three finalists selected for the Jim Thorpe Award, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Association announced Tuesday. The award is given annually to the top defensive back in college football.
Cash is joined by Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III and Iowa’s Desmond King as finalists.
Elon: The Phoenix landed three players on the 2015 Collonial Athletic Association all-conference teams. Linebacker Corey Mitchell, who led the league in tackles, is joined by linebacker John Silas and punter David Petroni.
UNC: Jonathan Campbell and David October have been selected to the 2015 Academic All-America Division I teams.
Swimming and Diving
N.C. State: Rachel Mumma and Alexia Zevnik earned conference performer of the week awards, as Mumma was named ACC Female Diver of the Week and Zevnik tabbed Co-ACC Female Swimmer of the Week.
UNC: Diver Jack Nyquist earned his third Male Diver of the Week honor this season for his performance at the Nike Cup Invitational. The junior finished first out of 21 competitors in both the 1- and 3-meter diving events and recorded NCAA zone-qualifying scores in both.
ECU: Due in large part to its 5-0 start to the 2015-16 season, the Pirates received one vote in Week 3 of the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The tally marks the second time the Pirates have received a vote in the coaches’ poll under sixth-year head coach Heather Macy, and the first since receiving one in week 10 of the 2013-14 campaign.
From news releases