Brandon Harris arrived in Chapel Hill this summer with the expectation of starting, but unlike when he came out of high school as an All-American, nothing is guaranteed. Harris will need to prove this month that he deserves the starting job.
His experience at LSU gives him the best opportunity to start behind center. Harris told The News & Observer on Tuesday that he is extremely thankful for his time in Baton Rouge, but he also emphasized how pleased he is to be with the Tar Heels for 2017.
“I’m glad to be here, man,” Harris said. “I’m glad to be here.
“I graduated with a degree from LSU in three years, which was incredible … I have nothing but respect for the program and the people that are over there. I’m thankful that coach Miles gave me an opportunity to lead my in-state school. But I’ve moved on. I’m glad to be here at North Carolina.”
Harris played in 22 games at LSU, posting 2,756 passing yards and a 53.9 completion percentage with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. But last season, he struggled in the first game against Wisconsin and then was benched the following week versus Jacksonville State. In those two appearances, Harris was 13 of 25 for 139 yards with a touchdown and 2 interceptions.
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora would probably prefer to make a decision about his quarterback situation before Week 1, as the Tar Heels will play the California Golden Bears. The following Saturday, North Carolina will host the Louisville Cardinals.