Former UNC Running Back Mike Voight Dies At Age 58

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mike Voight, the second leading rusher in North Carolina history and a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, has died. He was 58.

Voight’s attorney, SuAnne Hardee Bryant, said Voight was found Tuesday morning at his home in Chesapeake, Va. Bryant said the cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

Voight ran for 3,971 yards, 42 touchdowns, and scored 254 points. He had three 1,000-yard seasons and twice was the top rusher in the ACC. He’s seventh in career rushing yards in the ACC, and his rushing touchdowns rank seventh in conference history.

In 1976, Voight scored 110 points and ran for 1,407 yards, including 261 in his final game, a 39-38 victory over Duke.

The Houston Oilers picked Voight in the third round of the 1977 NFL draft.

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