2008 First-Team All-ACC by ACSMA/AP
2007 First-Team All-ACC by Rivals.com
2007 Second-Team All-ACC by The Associated Press
2008: First-team All-ACC selection at wide receiver is the first Tar Heel since Julius Peppers in 2001 to declare for the NFL Draft after his junior season Needed just three seasons to set 14 school records at Carolina, including career receptions (181), career receiving yards (2,580) and career touchdowns (21) Totaled 68 catches for school records of 1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns this season The 68 receptions tied for third in school history Led the ACC and ranks 12th nationally with 94.0 receiving yards per game Also ranked second in the league with 5.2 receptions per game and sixth with 106.9 all-purpose yards per game Rushed for 39 yards and a score on five carries Scored 13 touchdowns, including 12 via reception, to rank ninth in the ACC in scoring (third in TD scoring) Has at least three receptions in all 13 games Caught at least one pass in 26 straight games and had a catch in 35 of 36 career games Holds the school record with 10 100-yard receiving games, including five this season Set the UNC single-season receiving yardage record and became Carolina's first 1,000-yard receiver in the win at Duke Named one of the Tar Heels' offensive players of the week in wins over Rutgers, Miami, Notre Dame, Boston College and Duke Had a career-best performance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against West Virginia with eight catches for a career-high 217 yards and three scores Broke UNC records for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in a bowl game in the first half Scored in receptions of 73, 66 and 25 yards Recorded several impressive catches against the Mountaineers, including a behind-the-back grab that was ESPN's No. 1 play of the bowl season Also took sole possesion of school records for career receptions and career and single-season touchdown catches against West Virginia Had three catches for 38 yards and a 25-yard TD from T.J. Yates at Duke Caught four balls for 56 yards versus NC State Had three catches for 57 yards at Maryland Caught three passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in the win over No. 20 Georgia Tech Set the Carolina career receiving yardage mark on a 28-yard pass from T.J. Yates in the fourth quarter Had the finest game of his career in the win over No. 23 Boston College with four touchdowns (3 receiving, 1 rushing) en route to ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors Caught eight passes for 139 yards and rushed three times for 31 yards Scored on catches of 26, 40 and 43 yards in the second quarter for the most TD receptions in a single game by a Tar Heel since Chesley Borders caught four at Arizona State in 2002 Four TDs versus the Eagles were the most by a Tar Heel since Ronnie McGill rushed for four against Furman in 2006 Caught six passes for 90 yards at Virginia Matched a career-high with nine catches for a season-best 141 yards against Notre Dame Broke Octavus Barnes' school record with his eighth career 100-yard game against the Irish Became just the sixth 2,000-yard receiver in school history against Connecticut after making three catches for 55 yards and a TD Posted five catches for 133 yards and a 74-yard TD at Miami for his seventh career 100-yard game and the third most yards of his career Brought the Tar Heels within three points in the fourth quarter with a 74-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter The 74-yard grab was his longest play since 2006 Caught four passes for 51 yards against Virginia Tech Made six catches for 63 yards and equaled a career high with two touchdowns at Rutgers Had TD receptions of nine and 11 yards against the Scarlet Knights Posted sixth career 100-yard game with six catches for 110 yards against McNeese State.
2007: Set a single-season school record with 74 catches for 958 yards and five touchdowns The 958 yards are the third most in school history Finished second in the ACC with 79.8 receiving yards per game and third with 6.17 catches per contest Caught at least eight passes in four of the last eight games Has a catch in 22 of 23 games played and at least two grabs in each game this year Set Carolina's single-season reception record in the final game of the season with six catches for 38 yards against Duke Had his fifth career 100-yard game with seven catches for a season-best 162 yards and a score at Georgia Tech Scored on a 14-yard pass from T.J. Yates Made five catches for 56 yards at NC State Caught eight passes for 88 yards and a 30-yard touchdown in the win over Maryland Named one of the team's offensive players of the week for his efforts Had a career-best nine catches for 87 yards at Wake Forest Despite playing on an injured ankle in the second half, matched a career-high with eight catches for 114 yards against South Carolina Surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for his career in the win over Miami Posted team-highs of five catches and 76 yards vs. the Canes Sprung Brandon Tate on his 54-yard reverse with a key down-field block Registered a career-best eight catches for 94 yards at Virginia Tech Made a team-best three catches for 32 yards at USF Had his third career 100-yard game against Virginia with 113 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches Had a 4-yard score late in the first half and added an impressive 53-yard catch-and-run TD in the third quarter Had six catches for 77 yards, including a 37-yard score at East Carolina Caught two passes for 21 yards in the win over James Madison.
2006: Started all 11 games that he played, missing one game (South Florida) with an ankle sprain Led the team and set Carolina single-season records for receptions (39) and receiving yards (660) by a freshman Ranked third in the ACC in receiving yards per game (60.0) and eighth in receptions per game (3.6) Had seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's 45-44 victory at Duke It was his second 100-yard receiving games of the season Hauled in an 83-yard touchdown catch, the fifth-longest pass play in UNC history, in the first quarter against Duke Caught four passes for 36 yards, including a long of 19, against Georgia Tech Had his best game as a Tar Heel with six catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Notre Dame Set a UNC single-game freshman record with 171 yards receiving at Notre Dame Hauled in a 72-yard touchdown pass from Joe Dailey which ties for the 20th-longest pass play in school history Had three catches for a team-high 84 yards, including a career-best 44-yarder in the fourth quarter to the WF 3-yard line Led the team with three catches for 40 yards, including a long of 24, at Virginia Did not play against USF due to a high ankle sprain against Miami Caught a 37-yard pass at the Clemson 2-yard line in the first half, which led to Carolina's only score of the day Suffered a high ankle sprain on that play and did not return Had one reception for 17 yards at Clemson Made two catches for 60 yards against Furman, including an incredible 40-yard reception at the Paladins 6-yard line, which led to a field goal Also had three kickoff returns for 50 yards, including a long of 19, against Furman Led the team with five receptions for 35 yards, including a long of 19, against Virginia Tech Also had a 28-yard kickoff return against the Hokies Named ACC Rookie of the Week after his performance against Rutgers Had a sensational debut in his first career game, starting against Rutgers and catching seven passes for 63 yards and a touchdown His seven catches tied the single-game school record for a freshman Caught his first touchdown on a two-yard pass from Joe Dailey to cut the Rutgers lead to 21-16.
Independence High School
SuperPrep All-America EA Sports First-Team All-America Ranked the No. 8 player in North Carolina and the No. 22 wide receiver in the country by SuperPrep Named MVP of the 4-AA state championship game after leading Independence (15-0) to a 38-19 win over New Bern Had eight receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns (11 and 80 yards) in Independence's 92nd-straight victory Did not lose a game in his high school career Named to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team Named the Charlotte Observer Offensive Player of the Year Ranked the No. 4 player in North Carolina and No. 31 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com Considered the No. 9 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team Caught a 37-yard touchdown pass in the Shrine Bowl Had three catches for 42 yards in the Shrine Bowl Ranked first in the state of North Carolina with 93 receptions for 1,819 yards and 20 touchdowns, including 10 in the playoffs, as a senior Had three straight games with 10 or more catches Coached by Tommy Knotts.
Son of Lisa Mason and Robert Nicks Stepmother is Vernice Simpson Born January 14, 1988 Enrolled in the General College.