UNC Football: Sam Howell finishes year as ACC passing yards leader

UNC Football freshman quarterback Sam Howell finished the regular season as the leader in passing yards for the Atlantic Coast Conference

Saturday night’s win in Raleigh wrapped up an exciting regular season for the North Carolina Tar Heels and it guaranteed them another game.

The Tar Heels scored 35 unanswered points after trailing 10-6 at halftime and blew out N.C. State 41-10 to become bowl eligible at 6-6. Reaching a bowl game for the first time since 2016 and doing it in the first year of Mack Brown’s second stint as head coach is impressive. Brown has been able to change the culture at UNC this year and has some very talented players on his team.

One of those players is true freshman Sam Howell.

He committed to North Carolina on National Signing Day back in February, flipping his commitment from Florida State to the Tar Heels. The four-star recruit then battled during the offseason to become the starter beating out Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin.

Howell put together an impressive freshman campaign and he ended the regular season as the leader in passing yards in the Atlantic Coast Conference. His 3,347 passing yards were the most by any quarterback in the conference as he averaged 278.9 yards per game:

That was more than Trevor Lawrence, Bryce Perkins, and Jamie Newman among others in the conference. It’s a big feat for Howell who has broke a few different passing records in UNC program history and finished the year with 35 passing touchdowns, the most ever by a true freshman.

Howell will have the chance to add to his stats for his first year as the starting signal caller with UNC heading to a bowl game in December.

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