UNC's Switzer emerges as dangerous returner

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by AP

The wins started piling up for North Carolina at the same time freshman Ryan Switzer began racking up touchdowns.

That might not be a coincidence.

The receiver and returner has accounted for eight TDs during the five-game winning streak that brought the Tar Heels from a 1-5 start to bowl eligibility.

Switzer leads the nation and has tied an ACC record with four punt returns for touchdowns — and they've all come in North Carolina's past three games.

He's the second player in Division I history with TDs on punt returns in three straight games.

Switzer says that he's grown more comfortable as the season has progressed.

North Carolina (6-5, 4-3) hosts to No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2) in the regular-season finale on Saturday.

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