QB Competition Over

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The six-month quarterback competition at North Carolina has officially come to a close. Larry Fedora confirmed Marquise Williams as UNC’s starting quarterback on Monday.

“Marquise will be our starting quarterback and we will use Mitch [Trubisky] as we need to throughout a game,” Fedora told reporters during his weekly press conference.

Williams, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., and Trubisky split reps with the ones during spring practice and training camp leading up to Saturday’s 56-29 season-opening win over Liberty.

Williams (19-of-29 passing for 169 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) started against the Flames, while Trubisky (10-of-16 passing, 66 yards, TD, INT) played two series in the first half. The final snap count was 51 for Williams and 33 for Trubisky.

Fedora said the offensive coaching staff had scripted for Trubisky to enter the opener on the third series.

“We wanted him to know that he was coming in so he could prepare himself that way,” Fedora said. “But then, throughout the game, it was just a feel thing and when the game got out of hand, we got him some more reps.”

Williams started six games at quarterback in 2013. He completed 58.1 percent of his passes (126-of-217) for 1,698 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. Williams also led the team in rushing (536 yards, 6 TD) and showcased that running ability against the Flames, churning out 52 yards and a touchdown on six carries.

Fedora said that Williams and Trubisky “played very similar” in the season opener.

The negative plays were the trio of turnovers. Williams underthrew a pair of passes that were intercepted - Fedora said both should have been touchdowns – and Trubisky was picked when he forced a screen pass into traffic.

“You take those three things out of it, they both did a really good job of their decision-making throughout the game with the things that we asked them to do,” Fedora said. “… I thought they managed the game pretty well. I really did.”

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