The North Carolina Tar Heels have struggled during their 1-4 start, but redshirt freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt has been one of the bright spots.
Surratt, who lost the starting quarterback job to LSU grad transfer Brandon Harris initially before claiming it during the season, was a topic of several questions for North Carolina coach Larry Fedora during his press conference on Monday.
Fedora was asked how Surratt graded out in the loss to Georgia Tech, where the quarterback completed 18-of-30 passes for 141 yards, with 1 interception, and ran 11 times for 30 yards.
“He was alright,” Fedora told reporters. “It was not his best game, but he’s still progressing. We’d love to have that ball back he threw on the pick and he threw a couple others that could have been picked off. So we’ve got to make sure and keep putting him in positions where he’s making good decisions.
“On the interception, there was nowhere to go with the ball. But we have to learn from that. You don’t throw it no matter what, you have to pull it down and you either take the sack or you get rid of the ball or whatever you’ve got to do or you take off and run. He’s still growing. He played OK.”
Fedora was asked about developing Surratt for the future, considering he still has a few years of eligibility remaining, but the coach wasn’t interested in that line of thinking.
“Long-term development, that’s not a concern at this point,” Fedora said. “I’m not thinking about down the road with him. All I’m doing is making sure we have a plan in place that he can execute for this week. That’s it. We’re not looking at long-term development. Long-term development will come over the long haul, over all the banked reps and everything that you get and the things that happen in a game.”
Surratt has had his ups and downs so far this season, but that’s to be expected from a first-time starting quarterback. He’s also shown the ability that made him a highly-sought after prospect as a high schooler.
For the season, Surratt has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 988 yards, with 5 touchdowns against 2 interceptions, and has run for 147 yards and 4 touchdowns.
For all of the Tar Heels’ struggles this season, Surratt looks like one of the top young quarterbacks in the ACC and a guy who should win plenty of games before his career at North Carolina is over.
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