ACC Football 2018 Predictions
North Carolina will be better. This is a team that won 19 games from 2015-16 that slipped to 3-9 last fall. However, getting back to a bowl will require marked improvement on both sides of the ball. Will Nathan Elliott or Chazz Surratt secure the No. 1 quarterback job? Also, UNC must reload up front and improve a defense that gave up 31.3 points a game last season.
What UNC misses if ACL injury costs TE Brandon Fritts game time
This week, news trickled out that North Carolina’s starting tight end Brandon Fritts tore his ACL in spring practice. The injury could reportedly cost Fritts his senior season in 2018. As UNC heads into the offseason — with an old fashioned quarterback battle — the injury could rob either Nathan Elliott or Chazz Surratt of a reliable option. Here’s what Fritts brings to the table.
Ranking the ACC's Quarterbacks for 2018
13. Chazz Surratt, North Carolina: Carolina had three different quarterbacks make starts last fall for the 3-9 Tar Heels, with Surratt leading the team in passing yards (1,342). Nathan Elliott wasn’t far behind Surratt, as he threw for 925 yards and 10 touchdowns in five appearances. Look for Surratt and Elliott to continue their quarterback battle deep into fall practice.
Larry Fedora Pleased With North Carolina's QBs
UNC football coach Larry Fedora was asked during Thursday’s ACC coaches’ teleconference what the final verdict for his quarterbacks is this spring. Fedora, who isn’t one to gush much about anything, is pleased with Nathan Elliott and Chazz Surratt. “Both of them are better off than they were when they left off at the end of the season,” Fedora said.
Chazz Surratt Talks About Being Vocal, Developing & More
North Carolina quarterback Chazz Surratt was made available to the media Tuesday and fielded questions about last season, his interesting trip to California last month, how his game has grown, and battling Nathan Elliott for the starting job. Last season, Surratt got off to a very good start, but then struggled before suffering several injuries, including a concussion.
UNC QB Nathan Elliott Discusses Improvement, Competition & More
UNC quarterback Nathan Elliott was made available to the media Tuesday and fielded questions about last season, how his game grew, this spring and battling Chazz Surratt for the starting job. Elliott, a 6-1, 215-pound rising junior from Celina, TX, started the final three games last fall and played the majority of UNC’s ninth contest, a narrow home loss to Miami.
UNC quarterbacks competing for primary role
The final week of spring practice for UNC’s football team arrived and there’s no resolution at quarterback. Nathan Elliott and Chazz Surratt are competing for the primary role after each had starts in 2017. Each player has had areas of emphasis during the spring. Elliott is trying to throw better deep passes. Surratt is concerned with improving his leadership.
Surratt, Elliott Battling for UNC's Starting QB Job
The 2017 season is in the past. The coaching staff has wiped the slate clean as Chazz Surratt and Nathan Elliott find themselves in a quarterback competition once again. The game has slowed down for both players, primarily due to their significant game experience last fall. They both know what to expect under the lights, which was not the case eight months ago.
Tar Heels preparing for 2018 without spring game, set QB
The Tar Heels are back on the turf for spring practice but won't have a spring game like in seasons past. "To be able to get more reps in a normal scrimmage, it would be better use of our time," Larry Fedora said. Familiar controversies still linger: not knowing if Chazz Surratt or Nathan Elliott will start at quarterback. Both shared an even amount of reps Tuesday.
Sizing up North Carolina's quarterback recruiting board
Nathan Elliott and Chazz Surratt return at quarterback for UNC, along with freshmen Jace Ruder, a 4-star dual-threat quarterback, and Cade Fortin, a 3-star pro-style passer. UNC’s coaching staff is still searching for the next QB to add in the 2019 class. North Carolina has handed out offers to seven quarterbacks in the junior class. Here’s a look at four of the Tar Heels’ top targets:
UNC Spring Football, QB Competition Underway
Don’t expect Larry Fedora to announce a starting quarterback any time soon. UNC opened spring practice Sunday with the most significant question mark at quarterback, where three different players started with mixed results in 2017. Junior Nathan Elliott and sophomore Chazz Surratt are splitting snaps as the 2018 preseason gets underway.
Video: Sights and Sounds of UNC Football Spring Practice
It didn't feel like spring football. But as the rain poured and 40 degree temperatures chilled the players and coaching staff, the Tar Heels took the field Tuesday for spring football practice. Returning quarterbacks Nathan Elliott and Chazz Surratt practiced in front of a remade offensive coaching staff. New faces adjusted to playing in a North Carolina jersey as well.
UNC Football Kicks Off Spring Practice
An intense quarterback competition is expected to brew through the spring and into North Carolina's preseason camp. Redshirt sophomore Chazz Surratt and redshirt junior Nathan Elliott will state their cases for the job after both starting multiple games last season. The Tar Heels other two scholarship quarterbacks are both true freshmen that enrolled in January.
Early ACC Football Predictions for 2018
Coastal Division No. 6: North Carolina's offense has to find a spark after averaging only 19.3 points in ACC games. Nathan Elliott and Chazz Surratt will battle for the starting quarterback job after both saw extensive playing time in 2017. Jordan Brown and Michael Carter should form a solid backfield duo, and Anthony Ratliff-Williams is a big-play threat on the outside.
UNC's QB Competition Starting Over
North Carolina signed a pair of quarterbacks – three-star pro-style QB Cade Fortin and four-star dual threat QB Jace Ruder - in the early signing period on Wednesday. Those freshmen will join Chazz Surratt and Nathan Elliott in battling for the starting position this spring and into the fall, although the returners have a head start in terms of experience and schematic familiarity.