After seeing the North Carolina Tar Heels win all eight of their conference games and outscore their opponents by 150 points, there’s some excitement in Chapel Hill about the future of the football program. Larry Fedora took his team all the way to the ACC championship game before losing to the Clemson Tigers. 24 days later, they’d also lose their bowl game. It was an unfortunate way to end a season that treated fans to 11 straight wins after opening the season with a neutral field loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks.
That loss turned out to be misleading, as the Gamecocks weren’t a very good football team. The Tar Heels wouldn’t have the offensive issues that they displayed in game one. Over the next two months, they’d go on to average just under 44 points a game. There’s no reason to believe those types of offensive outbursts won’t continue into the 2016 season.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky is who will be trusted by the coaching staff to lead Fedora’s high-powered attack. Five quarterbacks would see the field during the spring game, but make no mistake about the fact that the job belongs to Trubisky. He completed 10 of his first 11 passes and is coming off of his freshman campaign where he saw minimal action but added six touchdowns against no interceptions. He may not maintain an 85 percent completion percentage throughout the entire year, but he’s good enough to lead the Tar Heels back to another championship game in 2016 and possibly a bowl win.
It’s not just about basketball anymore in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels are quietly building a solid football program.