As described by coach Larry Fedora on Saturday, North Carolina’s quarterback competition sounded a bit like a game of musical chairs this spring. All three players vying to replace NFL-bound Mitch Trubisky as the Tar Heels’ quarterback got an equal share of the snaps in UNC’s spring game. Sophomore Nathan Elliott, along redshirt freshmen Chazz Surrattt and Logan Byrd all had their moments, but none of that trio has set themselves apart during the 15 sessions of offseason practices. “I’d say that they’ve made a lot of progress, but I wouldn’t say anybody has separated themselves,″ Fedora said after the two-hour scrimmage. “We had them all basically on a pitch count (today), knowing how many plays we wanted each of them to get. They just rolled with the ones and twos all the way through. “I know we’ve got to put somebody out there the first game, so we’ll do that. But I’m not anyw here close to making a decision.″ Trubisky’s decision to depart for the NFL with a year of eligibility remaining has left UNC without a clearcut choice at quarterback for the first time in five seasons under Fedora. Bryn Renner was established as the starter when Fedora arrived in 2012, but Marquise Williams saw enough action as his backup that the Tar Heels knew how he would perform in the lead role. The same thing was true of Trubisky, who had impressed as a substitute for Williams before becoming the starter last season. But of the current candidates, only Elliott has seen any action in a college game. He appeared in four games as Trubisky’s backup in 2016, completing 8 of 9 passes for 55 yards. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Celina, Texas, had the most success passing of the trio in Saturday’s scrimmage, connecting on 8 of 12 throws for 213 yards. Included in those numbers were touchdown passes of 30 yards to Roscoe Johnson, 65 yards to Austin Proehl and a 33-yarder to Juval Mollette.
Larry Fedora 'not anywhere close' to finding replacement for Trubisky
Fay Observer | Apr 9