UNC head coach Larry Fedora won’t reveal his starting quarterback for Thursday’s game against Pitt
Thursday will be the North Carolina Tar Heels’ best chance to earn a win against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent when they take the football field against Pitt.
UNC will be on the road against the Panthers which doesn’t make it any easier but with NC State the only remaining ACC team left on the schedule, the Tar Heels will have to take advantage of Thursday’s matchup.
The Tar Heels are coming off a disappointing loss to Miami in Chapel Hill more than a week ago as they stayed in the game and had an opportunity to win it.
With Chazz Surratt suffering an injury and backup Brandon Harris not available, Nathan Elliott got some time against Miami.
Elliott turned the ball over three times in the loss but the offense looked as good as it has all season long.
On Monday night, Larry Fedora met with the media briefly and complimented Elliott on his play.
“Nate knows the offense,” Fedora said via Inside Carolina. “What is surprising is the few reps that he gets during the week to be able to come out and do what he did. He gave us a spark and did some really good things throughout the game.”
But even while doing so, Fedora isn’t tipping his hand as to who will start.
Fedora is going with the “week-to-week” approach, saying that Elliott was always in it.
In the article, Fedora says that he’s looking at who is practicing best, leading best and gives the Tar Heels the best chance to win.
The head coach didn’t even name a starter for the team’s Week 1 game against Cal, despite having all offseason to evaluate all three quarterbacks.
Harris and Surratt both played in the Cal loss. Surratt got the start against Louisville in the Week 2 loss and since then, it’s been a mixture of both players at the position.
Now enters Elliott who could get a chance to show what he can do and take the lead going into the offseason.
The 2018 season will be a very important one for Fedora’s tenure. With a solid recruiting class in 2017 and one coming in 2018, it’s key that he has the quarterback position stable.
Just think of these next three games as a big audition for the trio.