CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina picked up its first win of 2015 with a 53-14 victory over the N.C. A&T Aggies, and head coach Larry Fedora turned to his old bag of tricks regarding the quarterback position.
Backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky worked in every third series for starter Marquise Williams in the first half for the first time since UNC’s 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech last October.
“It was designed by me, yes, but nobody knew that,” Fedora told reporters after the game. “But yeah, I had already made up my mind going into the game that I was going to do that, yes, but nobody else knew it.”
Williams finished the game completing 15-of-20 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown. Trubisky completed 5-of-7 passes for 37 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 35-yard run for his first career rushing touchdown.
When asked if the quarterback rotation is something he would consider moving forward, Fedora replied, “Oh, I don’t know.”
“Marquise is the starter,” the fourth-year UNC head coach continued. “He’s playing well. We’ll just see. I don’t know. I just decided to do that going into this game and we’ll see going into the next one. It depends on what’s going on.”
“It was good to get a win. It’s obviously good to come into our stadium, in the Tar Pit, and play well in front of our crowd and set the tone for the way we want to play here throughout the season.”
Marquise Williams played a clean game. How pleased were you with his performance?
“Very pleasing. We challenged him. You’ve got to take care of the football, and he responded well throughout the week in practice. He came out and played like we expected him to play.”
What do you think you got out of tonight’s win?
“We got a lot of guys a lot of reps. We cleaned up some things from the first game, mistakes that were made as far as turning the ball over. We took care of the ball tonight. We had fewer communication problems. Much fewer pre-snap penalties. That was much better. And then we got to play a lot of kids, which is going to pay off down the road because all those guys are going to have to help us at some point, so every rep is critical for our success.
What do you see out of tight end Brandon Fritts? Can he be a weapon for you?
“We saw going into the game and into this season that the kid’s making plays for us and doing a good job in camp. It was just a matter of time before we got some opportunities to get the ball to him. When he did, he made the plays. He was in there in those situations for those calls, and he didn’t hesitate, he made the plays, acted like he’d been there before. When he came off the field, he acted like he’d been there before. That was a good sign. He expected to do it, and that was really good, so he’ll factor in more and more as we go.”