The North Carolina Tar Heel football program got an exciting commitment just over a year ago, when highly touted 6’3” 200 lb quarterback Mitch Trubisky committed to play his college career for Larry Fedora and the rest of the UNC staff, after a sparkling high school career at Mentor High School just 25 miles outside of Cleveland.
Trubisky was named Mr. Football in the state of Ohio in 2012, and led the Mentor Cardinals to win the Division 1 Region 1 Championship. Trubisky showed his dual-threat ability by passing for 4,065 yards, as well as amassing 835 yards rushing, and combining for 60 total touchdowns during his senior campaign. His efforts and potential didn’t go unnoticed by scouts as he was offered a scholarship by the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, as well as in-state powerhouse Ohio State.
There is no question about Trubisky’s accolades, statistics, or hype surrounding his potential. But the largest question mark surrounding him in Chapel Hill, is when will he be able to showcase his abilities? The depth chart at quarterback for the Tar Heels is oozing with established talent, as well as additional talented underclassmen. The foreseeable starter for the 2013 season will be senior Bryn Renner. Renner led the Tar Heel offense to an 8-4 record, in just his first year under Fedora’s spread offense. But Trubisky will be battling it out with sophomores Marquise Williams, and Caleb Pressley, as well as redshirt freshman Kanler Coker to be Renner’s backup. The depth at quarterback leaves UNC with a plethora of choices at the position, but could ultimately lead to putting a redshirt on Trubisky’s first season in Chapel Hill.
Trubisky enrolled early to UNC, and showed potential in the annual spring game back in April, completing 10-18 of his passes, with a combined 170 yards for both the blue and white teams. He also had a 20 yard touchdown strike to sophomore Damien Washington in the 4th quarter. The performance didn’t go overlooked by Fedora.
“I did not expect him (Trubisky) to pick things up and grasp the offense as fast as he did, and command the offense as quickly as he did,” Fedora said during the spring game press conference. “He’s been able to do that right now at this early date, and I was impressed with him.”
Whether he gets an opportunity this upcoming season to lead the offense, or if he has to wait until next season to display his abilities, the hype and potential surrounding Trubisky already has Tar Heel fans chomping at the bits to see him leading the charge in Kenan Stadium.