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.
Redshirt freshman QB Logan Byrd transferring from North Carolina
UNC redshirt freshman quarterback Logan Byrd has received his release and will transfer. Byrd announced his decision on Twitter. Byrd came to UNC in January 2016 from Veterans High School (Kathleen, Georgia). Byrd, who has three years of eligibility remaining. was anticipated to being behind junior Nathan Elliott and sophomore Chazz Surratt going into next spring.
Perseverance Pays Off For Nathan Elliott
Being a third-team quarterback wasn’t very fun for Nathan Elliott. Not at all. But for most of this football season, that’s exactly what the sophomore quarterback was, as graduate transfer Brandon Harris and redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt were above him on the depth chart and sharing snaps for much of the first eight games.
Nathan Elliott Providing Tar Heels Much-Needed Stability at Quarterback
Since subbing in for Chazz Surratt during UNC’s close loss to Miami three weeks ago, sophomore quarterback Nathan Elliott has provided a much-needed steadying presence for the Tar Heels behind center. He’ll look to continue that this Saturday at Kenan Stadium as UNC hosts Western Carolina. UNC’s offense suddenly found the spark it was missing all year long.
Nathan Elliott making most of his chance
Nathan Elliott didn’t win North Carolina’s starting quarterback job. It fell to him by default after the two players ahead of him on the depth chart, Chazz Surratt and Brandon Harris, were sidelined with concussions. The thing about opportunity, though, is that it doesn’t matter how it comes about. It’s what you do with it that counts. And Elliott is making the most of his.
Key matchup: Pitt DB Damar Hamlin vs. North Carolina QB Not Mitch Trubisky
Nathan Elliott. Brandon Harris. Chazz Surratt. Not exactly a murderers’ row of quarterbacks, but as the Pitt coaching staff plans for struggling North Carolina, variety is the spice of preparation. And while the Tar Heels have used three different players under center this season, it’s who they don’t have there that might make the Panthers sleep a little easier this week.
The hope for UNC football in 2018
There is optimism that things will improve for UNC next fall based on the fact that UNC will return a more experienced Chazz Surratt, as well as the team’s top three rushers (Surratt, Jordon Brown, and Michael Carter). The Tar Heels are getting much-needed help in the receiving corps in the form of prized signee Jordyn Adams. Adams won’t have to wait long to play.
Video: UNC Players Post-Virginia Tech Locker Room Interviews
Several North Carolina football players met with the media following the Tar Heels' 59-7 loss at No. 14 Virginia Tech on Saturday at Lane Stadium. Here is what quarterback Chazz Surratt, defensive lineman Dajuan Drennon, and running back Jordon Brown had to say:
Video: Matt Merletti - Surratt should start at QB, not Harris
Former North Carolina safety Matt Merletti assesses the Tar Heels' quarterback situation after Larry Fedora started Brandon Harris over Chazz Surratt against Virginia last week. Plus, Merletti and Marilyn Payne preview UNC's game at No. 14 Virginia Tech.
Kapilovic Clarifies UNC QB Situation
Redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt appeared to have solidified his starting job at quarterback until it appeared as though he had not when LSU grad transfer Brandon Harris earned his second start of the season in the loss to Virginia last weekend. The decision was kept under wraps and promptly spurred speculation as to why Harris played the entire game.
Coach Kap On What Went Right, Harris & Surratt Plus More
North Carolina offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic met with the media following Tuesday’s practice at Kenan Stadium to discuss what went well with the Tar Heels' big runs versus Virginia, the Brandon Harris-Chazz Surratt quarterback situation from last week and more. Here are a few snippets of what Kapilovic had to say: