Coming off a 2012 season that would have seen a trip to the ACC Championship Game had it not been for sanctions preventing that from occurring, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the North Carolina Tar Heels football program heading into 2013. The bulk of that buzz is mainly due to the fact that the team returns senior QB Bryn Renner, who was highly impressive last season, throwing for 28 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
However, with Larry Fedora‘s spread offensive system, it always helps to have options at the quarterback position. Even as impressive as Renner was last season and how optimistic the coaching staff is about an encore performance this year, it’s still convenient to have more weapons in the aresenal.
Friday, UNC confirmed that they have received one of those weapons back after some academic setbacks.
Marquise Williams, the redshirt sophomore quarterback from the Charlotte-area, re-enrolled in classes at the school for the summer sessions, the university confirmed Friday. Williams wasn’t allowed to enroll in the spring semester due to academic issues.
After redshirting the 2011 season, Williams appeared in nine contests last season and showed quite a bit of efficiency as Renner’s backup. The then-freshman was 10-of-17 passing for 127 yards, in addition to rushing with the ball 29 times for 186 yards. It was a more than capable showing of how effective Williams could be down the road.
The obstacles for Williams to overcome don’t end in the classroom alone. Following the recent spring practices, UNC coaches were said to be impressed with the play of freshman early-enrollee Mitch Trubisky. When, fall practice hits, Williams is also going to have to win back his backup slot as well.
If Marquise Williams is indeed getting everything back together in the classroom and can win back that backup slot, North Carolina will not only have one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC, but probably the most efficient backup as well who can provide some damage of his own.