Sam Howell Poised to Start for UNC

It's not set in stone, but freshman quarterback Sam Howell is atop the depth chart for North Carolina.

Given it is Year 0 of a rebuild, this move makes sense. It's not designed to yield huge dividends in 2019, but moving forward UNC is set to assemble a squad around a blue-chip QB. That's prudent.

Should he struggle, I'm interested to see how patient both the fans and Brown are with his development.

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Bold move. I know nothing about this kid, but seems like Mack is using some of that year 1 buffer.

Mac Brown compared him to Baker Mayfield earlier. But to be honest, I think all football guys over the age of 50 think of a short quarterback as Baker Mayfield....

I'm not convinced he has much going for him in terms of offensive weapons this season to help him out too much. Really interested in that South Carolina game to start the season!

ummmm daz newsome would disagree. he doesn't drop 2 balls against us last year and we not going bowling. kid is a weapon. he maybe the only one but I expect a breakout year from him.

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Dazz Newsome? The son of Hokie great Myron, and brother of former Hokie Deon. Dazz Newsome who "committed" his junior season to VT only to be told his offer wasn't committable. Who was then slow played by VT with the expectation that because all of the above, he would fall into our lap.

Yea, that one stings. Luckily it's not at a position of need.

Yep, Dazz is much better than Deon and could certainly help our non existent return games if nothing else. Kid has a shot to be drafted for sure.

Forever grateful to Deon for his contributions late in his career after sticking it out through multiple position changes. If I'm not mistaken he played a critical role in our Pitt goal-line stand in 2017.

Me too- Love Deon as a hokie. Dazz is a much better football player though. Dynamic with the ball in his hands. Great return guy and WR. Deon was a serviceable WR at times, and played better when moved to defense late in his career. Dazz will be an NFL draft pick at WR.

reminds me a lot of dorch. dorch went undrafted signed with the jets and has done nothing but make play after play in the preseason for them. hell make the roster and I think hell stick in the nfl for a while as a return guy and as the NFL adapts the screen game more and more guys like himself and dazz will make and stick around on rosters.

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And some people would undoubtedly have been upset if the coaches accepted an early commitment from a low 3*, 30+ ranked player in VA.

Fast forward two years and some of those same people are more than happy to pile on the coaches for botching the recruitment of a Hokie legacy and future NFL player.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

"We can't just waste scholarships on every average kid that has a family connection to virginia tech. that scholarship could have been used on a 5 star defensive end instead!"

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Mac Brown compared him to Baker Mayfield earlier.

LBH, Mac Brown would have tried to move Mayfield to safety if he coached him in college.

We of all people know about playing a freshman but don't they have a upperclassman they can sacrifice (at least for the first few games)!

Why have your 4 star beat up and scarred before you know how your O-line can perform?

After his Kansas experience, I'm sure Ryan Willis would understand!

Why have your 4 star beat up and scarred before you know how your O-line can perform?

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Not saying this kid isn't the deserving starter, but Mack has ALL the political capital right now. If things are in doubt/questionable decisions I believe he will play the younger player with the strategy of playing the long game with "his guys"

If he was really that good of a QB prospect, wouldn't Mack have recruited him to play safety?

Nope, he'd have signed here and be a TE.

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on another UNC note. bryce watts has not been doing well down there. I don't think youll see him playing a lot unless injuries or forced into action late in the season. (just from what ive heard from some folks I talk with pretty good knowledge at UNC)

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I don't believe he is even eligible this year

I have no idea honestly. all I was told is he is not playing well at all and they don't expect him to contribute. I didn't really pay that close attention lol because I kinda responded with yeah he wasn't going to see a lot of action here either and isn't a huge loss for us except for some depth in case of an emergency and I kept it moving. leg for you!

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At 6'0, 225 and a pro style pocket passer, I'm not scared- at all.

Over/under on number of times he beans a linemen in the back of the helmet?

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Why would he have beans? And where would he keep them? The hand warmer pouch?

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There have been a few pretty decent short pro style pocket passers to play the game.

I'm terrified because those are the guys that rush for 150 on us lol

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

but he plays for UNC, so it's a question of: "How well he can run in the rain?"

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I'm just happy it only rains on one side of the ball.

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Which, knowing our luck, means they use the QB draw against is effectively and he runs for 150 yards

I don't think they have many options at quarterback. It's this kid, or choose between two redshirt freshman. Fortin, as a true freshman, played against us last year, but only played in 3 other games. They are installing a new offense, so all three of these quarterbacks are learning something new. All things considered, starting Howell doesn't seem like that bad a call.

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Freshman QB. Bud's last season.

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This is exactly the move I would make if I were Mack Brown. If the competition between his young QB's is close and Howell is the youngest with the most upside, I'm absolutely letting him get his feet wet as the guy in a year zero situation. The only reservation I would have would be the "thrown to the wolves too early" problem and damaging his confidence/development, but if he believes that won't be the case for Howell then I'd make the same call.

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Player I'm most worried about on their roster is Storm Duck.

This just further highlights Fuente's inability to recruit ACC All Name Team talent, and that must be addressed. We can't just rely on Divine Deablo to carry the load.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Well, we do have a kicker named Stout. It's just too bad Cannon isn't a QB.

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You mean Jordan Stout who transferred to Penn State?...

dammit, Fuente. get it together.

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We did have a kicker named Stout

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Freshman QB at a school we always play in watery conditions, you say?

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Miami and UNC both rolling with freshman QBs while the Tech defense returns all but one starter on defense (no, I'm not counting Watts)? This should be entertaining.

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