Whenever a player decides it is time to move from college to go to the NFL, one of the first things that get mentioned is the legacy that player is leaving behind. Some are great, some aren’t, but nonetheless, every player leaves a legacy. UNC QB Sam Howell announced last Saturday that he would be leaving UNC for the 2022 NFL Draft. That decision doesn’t come as a surprise as Howell entered the season high among every NFL Draft board, a preseason Heisman candidate, and the QB of a preseason top 10 team. While Carolina stumbled to the way of a 6-7 season, Howell still continued his stellar play, as he will leave Chapel Hill, holding 21 school records. The Tar Heels though were just 20-17 in games started by Howell, which brings into question what will his lasting legacy be at UNC? Brendan Marks joined Wilson & Norfleet earlier today, to answer just that:
“I think it’s pretty clear he’s the best quarterback in school history. He was the definition of someone who elevated the players around him. He expedited North Carolina’s rebuild. He made the second Mack Brown tenure relevant, to some extent nationally, and he took UNC to their first New Year’s Six bowl in nearly 5 decades.
It’s pretty clear the impact Howell had on the field for the Tar Heels, taking one of the worst programs in the sport, and making them nationally relevant. He’ll now be tasked with turning around an NFL franchise, one that might be his hometown Carolina Panthers.