Despite pulling Marquise Williams in search of a spark this past weekend, UNC head coach Larry Fedora is not about to unseat his starting quarterback this week against Georgia Tech.
”I don’t want to start some type of controversy because there’s not one,” Fedora said Monday.
In a 41-14 win against Delaware over the weekend, Williams was pulled in favor of Mitch Trubisky late on the first half, and Trubisky led the offense in the second half while Williams remained on the sideline. Fedora explained he switched quarterbacks simply to ignite a spark on offense. UNC took a narrow 13-7 lead into halftime against the Blue Hens, with the lone UNC touchdown coming on an 18-yard run by Williams. Trubisky ended the game having completed 17 of his 20 attempts for 312 yards and four touchdowns. That would certainly qualify as a spark.
Williams has struggled at times this season, and the Delaware game was not the first time there were concerns about the passing game. Williams was picked off twice in the red zone against South Carolina (and once more just outside of the red zone) in a Week 1 loss in Charlotte. Despite etching his name in the school record books for a number of categories, UNC has little time to waste waiting and hoping they will get the absolute best out of Williams on a consistent basis. The ACC Coastal is still up for grabs for any team in the division, and Georgia Tech returns home looking to bounce back after two straight losses on the road. UNC will have to be ready from the start to perform, otherwise Georgia Tech could potentially grab the game by its horns early on and allow its running game to grind out a win while running as much clock as possible.