How does the UNC football program's quarterback battle look after Spring practices?

The spring has officially wrapped up for the UNC football program, as they still have a pretty significant position battle that will carry to the summer.
ACC Championship - Clemson v North Carolina
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The UNC football program conducted its annual spring game this weekend, a contest that signals the end of the team's seasonal work.

Heading into the summer, the Tar Heels still have an important decision to make, as two quarterbacks are vying for the starting quarterback job this fall.

Of course, it will be hard to replace Drake Maye, who is heading to the NFL, but the program believes that the two guys they currently have on the roster are more than capable of taking the reins.

Max Johnson is a veteran transfer who comes in with a significant amount of experience, while Conner Harrell is a guy who saw some playing time late in the season and has the advantage of being around the program longer (which benefits him in terms of understanding the offense).

In his post-spring practice press conference on Monday, Mack Brown expressed confidence in both signal-callers:

Similar to the quarterback battle between Drake Maye and Jacolby Criswell a few years ago, this one could last up to a week before the opening kickoff.

Quite honestly, it wouldn't be a surprise if North Carolina goes with a two-quarterback set to start the new season.

Both players possess differences in their styles that make them unique. Johnson is a guy who thrives in short and mid-range passes, while Harrell has shown his ability to absolutely let it loose down field while also impacting the game with his legs.


Sure, everyone wants to know who the UNC football program's starting quarterback will be. Unfortunately, we'll all have to wait, as these two talented football players will continue to battle over the next few months for the job.

Regardless of who wins the job, it's important to note that this is a good problem to have, as the UNC football program has not one, but two guys who they feel comfortable enough with to lead the offense this upcoming season.

May the best quarterback win.