With spring practice now behind them, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora spoke with reporters Wednesday during an ACC teleconference. Although Fedora spoke about many topics during his time on the call, there was one thing in particular that stood out – it seems the quarterback controversy is here to stay.
Fedora remained non-committal on deciding between redshirt junior Marquise Williams and redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky to be the starting quarterback for the upcoming 2014 season. In fact, Fedora noted that the competition is so competitive that the decision might drag out until right before the regular season begins.
“Both guys have competed really well and that has brought out the best in both of them,” said Fedora. “I’m pleased with where both guys are, I’m pleased with the way they’ve handled the situation. I don’t have a given date, you know, that I’ll make a decision and I think that way that gives everybody something to talk about all year.”
With those comments, it is very evident that Fedora does not think a quarterback competition hurts the Tar Heels in any way. There is an old adage that if a team has two quarterbacks, they actually have none due to a lack of leadership and direction. Fedora does not quite see it that way. Instead, he wishes there was this much competition at every position.
“I wish we could have that type of competition at each and every position on our team, and when we do have that, then we’re going to be a really good football team,” said Fedora.
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Under Fedora, UNC has been a team known for their offense. The no-huddle, spread offense that Carolina runs every game has the potential to put up points in bunches if being led by a quarterback who can operate smoothly within the system. Fedora is not concerned about either signal-caller being able to run his offense.
“At this point, I do feel comfortable that we have two guys that we can win with,” said Fedora. “That is a great thing, and so far as when it will be determined, I don’t know, we’ll see how it works out.”
Carolina fans probably should not expect a decision on a starting quarterback until some point right before the season opener on August 30th against Liberty. However as long as fans trust in coach Fedora, they should trust that the UNC football team will have the right man under center come fall.
Unless, of course, Fedora decides both quarterbacks can run the show together.
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