Wake Forest v North Carolina

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In a press conference earlier this week, North Carolina Tar Heels head football coach Mack Brown said that this was going to be quarterback Sam Howell’s final game in Kenan Stadium on Saturday afternoon when they face the Wofford Terriers for Senior Day. While Howell said later in the week that he has not made an official decision on that yet, it seems likely that with him looking like he is going to go in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft that the Tar Heels will be searching for a new signal-caller ahead of next year’s crucial fourth year under Brown second tenure in Chapel Hill.

Replacing Howell will a task much easier said than done Jones Angell, the voice of the Tar Heels for Learfield IMG, told the Mac Attack earlier this morning. “One, there is all the stats that everyone can see. Just from a black and white perspective of what is on the table, he’s clearly one of the best quarterbacks, if not the best, ever to play at Carolina.” The stats back it up, as he is the Tar Heels all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns, but as Angell said on Friday, it’s more than just that. “I really do think that he is the face of the transition to the Mack Brown era and the quick turnaround that Mack Brown and his staff were able to perform at Carolina.”

The Tar Heels will be playing their final home game of the regular season Saturday with Howell being questionable due to a shoulder injury that he suffered against Pittsburgh last Thursday night on the final play of the game. Howell is expected to be a game time decision according to Angell, who will be on the call of that action as part of a Tar Heel megacast of football and basketball that can be heard locally hear over on WBT starting at 11 AM tomorrow.