Hakeem Nicks, former Independence standout and current junior at UNC, caught eight passes for 217 yards in the Meineke Bowl in Charlotte Saturday. The Heels lost the game to West Virginia, but Nicks, who is contemplating entering the NFL draft next season, surely wowed pro scouts. He holds UNC records for career receiving yards and yards in a season, and had 10 touchdowns this season. At 6’1, Nicks is slightly undersized for an NFL receiver. But desire and heart don’t lie, and there’s a very good chance the next time we see this local star play football it will be on Sundays. Photo by Mark Sward swardpics.com