UNC coach Larry Fedora on QB competition: Decision coming, but won't be public

08/18/2014 2:28 PM

08/18/2014 3:09 PM

Don't expect to know who North Carolina's starting quarterback is before the season-opener on Aug. 30 against Liberty. At least, don't expect coach Larry Fedora to confirm who it is.

Fedora on Monday after practice said that while he and his staff will make a decision on the starting quarterback before the first game, that decision will be kept private. It sounds like that's his goal, anyway.

“We'll make a decision before the 30th,” Fedora said. “I mean, you guys won't know it. But we will make a decision before the 30th. We'll start as we get into the game planning, we'll have a plan what we're going to do and how we're going to implement it and those guys will aware of it. It won't be like we walk out there on the 30th and I flip a coin and throw one of them out there.

“I mean, we'll have a plan.”

Marquise Williams, a fourth-year junior from Charlotte, and Mitch Trubisky, a redshirt freshman from Ohio, have been competing for the starting position. Williams started the final five games last season, and led the Tar Heels to victories in four of those. Trubisky, meanwhile, arrived at UNC last season as a heralded recruit.

They have shared work with the first-team offense throughout the preseason. Trubisky worked with the first team on Monday, which means Williams will likely do the same on Tuesday. They have been rotating days with the first team.

The Tar Heels held their second scrimmage on Saturday, and Williams said the offense didn't commit a turnover.

UNC beat writer Andrew Carter

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