North Carolina senior tight end Alge Crumpler caught his first touchdown pass in three years last Saturday—a 59-yarder from quarterback Ronald Curry—and had one other catch for 11 yards in the Tar Heels' 42-28 loss to Georgia Tech. After missing the 1998 season with a torn left ACL, Crumpler made 20 receptions last year and has eight this season, but catching the ball isn't what makes him an integral part of the North Carolina offense. The 6'3", 255-pound Crumpler is an outstanding blocker, and NFL scouts love his athleticism and bloodlines. Alge's father, Carlester, was a standout running back at East Carolina and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1974, and Alge's brother Carlester Jr. spent seven years in the NFL. Some scouts think that Alge may be the first tight end taken in next April's draft. A strong showing at the scouting combine will help, because he doesn't have many catches the NFL can study on tape.