UNC Football program brings back familiar face to fill current roster void

The UNC football program has tapped into the transfer portal to add some depth, as a former player will return to Chapel Hill.
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When student-athletes commit to new teams, there's often "jersey swap" edits that are created to promote the player's commitment.

In this case, no "jersey swap" edits are needed!

Looking to add more depth at the quarterback position, Mack Brown and the UNC football program have reunited with a familiar face. As Pete Thamel first reported, former Tar Heel Jacolby Criswell has committed to North Carolina, as he'll return to Chapel Hill to continue his college football career.

Criswell spent his first three seasons at North Carolina, as he was mostly used in a backup role. He was the next in line behind Sam Howell, and then proceeded to be named the backup after competing for the starting job with Drake Maye.

The Morrilton, Arkansas native elected to transfer to continue his career, as he spent the 2023 season with the Razorbacks. Unfortunately, this move didn't translate to much playing time, as he attempted only 27 passes in four games played.

Although Criswell likely won't factor into what is currently a two-player battle for the starting quarterback position, he's a guy who perfectly fits what the UNC football program was looking for. He is very familiar with the university as a whole, and has proven that he can be relied upon in his role, as he's a talented player who could make plays when needed.

The Tar Heels desperately needed some additional depth at the position, as they turned to a very familiar face to help fill that void. Criswell returns with two seasons of eligibility remaining, as he'll look to make an impact on the UNC football program's offense in his second stint in Chapel Hill.