UNC quarterback battle heats up
Posted August 14
There are two kinds of people -- those who work, and those who take credit. At UNC, may the best quarterback win.
Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora has four quarterbacks vying to run his offense, and he's in no rush to name a starter. "I'd like to know as soon as possible," Fedora said. "Probably when one or two guys start separating themselves."
Returning backup quarterback Nate Elliott and LSU graduate transfer Brandon Harris will likely be the last two men standing.
"Being at LSU, I've always paid attention to what Coach Fedora does on offense and what he's been able to do," Harris said.
Harris started in 18 games and played in 25 while he was a Tiger, and even though he's playing catch-up with the playbook, he's not afraid of the competition. "When I was at LSU, we had 7-8 (quarterbacks) on scholarship my freshman year and I didn't flinch," Harris said. "I'm going to continue to work my tail off and let the chips fall where they may."
Meanwhile, Elliott put in two years of work behind Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky. "I know the offense as well as you can know it, and I have to be efficient," Elliott said. "I have to make good decisions."
"Nathan, I mean, he knows it because he's had more reps," Fedora said.
The coolest part of this QB race? These Tar Heels have each others' backs. "When I first got here, (Elliott) was the first person who was open-minded and helping me learn this offense," Harris said.
"So as these Tar Heels test their limits, UNC fans will test their patience as they wait for a starter to be named. "I may not be the strongest guy," Elliott said, "but if I am the most efficient guy, that's all I can control."