The bad news for North Carolina is that one of the top quarterbacks in its conference will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. The good news? The start of a new season is more than six months away.
In a preview article posted on UNC’s official website, the Tar Heels revealed that Marquise Williams will not participate in any of the 15 spring practice sessions because of a hip injury. When and how Williams sustained the injury was not disclosed.
You can breathe easy, Tar Heel Nation, as the school stated that Williams “will return full speed in August.”
As a redshirt junior last season, Williams was third among ACC quarterbacks in passing efficiency in throwing 21 touchdown passes against nine interceptions. His 788 rushing yards were 12th among all quarterbacks nationally, while his 13 rushing touchdowns were tied for fourth at the position. The 35 total touchdowns were tied for 11th in the country.
With Williams sidelined, Mitch Trubisky will get a sizable portion of the first-team reps. Despite all of Williams’ accomplishments, Trubisky could use the opportunity gain an advantage in what’s being described as a quarterback competition.
“There’s a lot of continuity with ’Quise coming back,” quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf said. “Marquise is our starting quarterback, and it’s been that way since the middle of the season when he kind of took the reins and went with it. But that’s not going to eliminate the competition.”