Coach Larry Fedora Must Find Backup QB for North Carolina Tar Heels

Rafael Suanes, USA TODAY SPORTS

The North Carolina Tar Heels do not have a question mark at starting quarterback. Bryn Renner returns this fall after a stellar season in 2012, in which he passed for 3,356 yards and 28 touchdowns with only seven interceptions, leading UNC to an 8-4 record.

The question for Larry Fedora and his staff is, who will be Renner’s backup? Last season, Marquise Williams held that role. Williams played in nine games, and connected on 10-of-17 passing for 127 yards and a touchdown. However, Williams is not enrolled at North Carolina during the spring semester, and it is not known if he will be with the team when fall camp begins.

That leaves a big hole should something happen to Renner. The two candidates that seem to be in line for the backup position are returnee Kanler Coker and incoming freshman Mitch Trubisky.

Coker was on the team last season, but did not see any action. He will have an advantage in that he has been working in the offense for a year, which Trubisky has not.

Trubisky was a big catch for Fedora and his staff. The 6-3 quarterback from Mentor, Ohio was recruited by the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Alabama Crimson Tide, but chose to play at North Carolina. Trubisky was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio in his senior season, passing for 2,470 yards with 28 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He also rushed for 579 yards and nine touchdowns.

Trubisky would appear to have the pedigree to be the backup, and maybe one day the starter, but he will have to pick up Fedora’s up-tempo offense quickly.

Fedora and his staff will make the decision on who backs up Renner this season, and they will hope that they don’t have to use the backup in any critical situations this season.

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