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UNC names Mitch Trubisky starting quarterback

North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) connects with receiver Mack Hollins (13) under the watchful eye of head coach Larry Fedora during the Tar Heels’ Spring Game on April 16 at Kenan Stadium.
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) connects with receiver Mack Hollins (13) under the watchful eye of head coach Larry Fedora during the Tar Heels’ Spring Game on April 16 at Kenan Stadium. rwillett@newsobserver.com

There was never any doubt that Mitch Trubisky would be North Carolina’s starting quarterback. UNC coach Larry Fedora made it official on Friday, though, and named Trubisky UNC’s starter.

The announcement crystallized what had already been long assumed. Trubisky’s ascent to starter began as soon as last season ended with Marquise Williams, the team’s starting quarterback the past two seasons, playing his final game in a 49-38 defeat against Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Trubisky spent spring practice, which concluded last weekend, leading the first team offense. Even so, Fedora said before UNC’s annual spring game that Trubisky hadn’t yet earned the starting quarterback position and that he was competing to win it.

Trubisky has earned it now. And he won the job in part because he didn’t act like he already had it, Fedora said in a statement.

“I thought Mitch did a good job this spring and didn’t just assume he was going to be the starter,” Fedora said. “He worked extremely hard and earned it.

“We always want to have competition at every position. Mitch is the QB with the most experience returning, but he worked hard this spring, competed every day and deserves to be the starter.”

A rising redshirt junior, Trubisky played in 21 games the past two seasons. Last season, while backing up Williams, Trubisky played in nine games and completed 40 of his 47 passes for 555 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.

UNC begins next season against Georgia on Sept. 3 in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff. There never seemed to be any doubt about which player Fedora intended to start at quarterback. What had been assumed, though, is now official.

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