North Carolina quarterback Nathan Elliott has decided to leave the program, head coach Mack Brown said at a press conference Friday.
Elliott, who has graduated from UNC, will take a coaching position at Arkansas State, as a graduate assistant. Elliott had one season of playing eligibility remaining but decided to start his coaching career.
“It was not an easy decision to make, but in my heart, I feel that it is the right one,” Elliott said in a statement. “I am forever grateful for the memories I have made at the University of North Carolina.”
Brown said Elliott, who went through the team’s offseason program, told him this week that he either wanted to coach at UNC or at Arkansas State. He informed the team of his decision on Friday.
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“Nathan has done everything right in this program,” Brown said. “He’s been a captain, he’s been a leader, he has really fought his guts out on the field. We wanted him to stay but totally understand that he’s got some other things.”
Elliott started nine games last season for the Tar Heels and played in 10, but never quite solidified the starting role. The Tar Heels finished 2-7 in those games as he struggled with turnovers. He passed for 2,169 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He threw for 926 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2017.
Without Elliott, there are three quarterbacks on the UNC roster: sophomores Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin and freshman Sam Howell.
Redshirt junior Chazz Surratt will switch positions to outside linebacker.
This is developing story. Check back later for updates.