The biggest question surrounding coach Larry Fedora’s team is who will start at quarterback when North Carolina opens its season against California on Sept. 2. The answer may not come for a while, according to The News & Observer’s Andrew Carter.
The Tar Heels must replace Mitch Trubisky, who was selected No. 2 overall in this year’s NFL draft. Trubisky completed 304 of 447 passes last season (68 percent) for 3,748 yards while throwing 30 touchdowns and six interceptions.
North Carolina has four scholarship quarterbacks on its roster: Brandon Harris, a graduate transfer from LSU, sophomore Nathan Elliott, who backed up Trubisky last season and a pair of redshirt freshmen, Chazz Surratt and Logan Byrd.
Elliott worked with the first team and Harris worked with the second team during the portion of Wednesday’s practice that was open to the media, per Carter. Fedora, though, downplayed the significance of who received reps with which unit during the first preseason practice. The starting quarterback competition could last all of training camp, Fedora said.
“Until somebody separates themselves,” Fedora told The News & Observer. “If they don’t separate themselves it will go until five minutes before the game, I guess. But if somebody separates themselves, it will be at that point. So we just need somebody to separate themselves and show that they want to lead this team, and that the offense is better when they’re on the field.”