CHAPEL HILL — There are a lot of questions coming out of spring practice for Carolina but who will be the big-play receiver isn’t one of them. Drake Maye figures to be the favorite to start at quarterback for the Tar Heels in August, but whoever gets the call has the real luxury of throwing to junior wide receiver Josh Downs. Downs showed that big-play prowess again with first-half touchdown receptions of 12 yards from Jacolby Criswell and 38 yards from Maye.
Fans will get the chance to watch Drake Maye, the likely successor to Sam Howell at quarterback, as well as talented freshman running back George Pettaway at Saturday’s spring football event at Kenan Stadium. Known this year as the #TyleeStrong Spring Football Game, it’s free to fans. The name is to show support for wide receiver Tylee Craft, who recently was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Could it be a battle between quarterbacks from Carolina and Duke for the New York Giants’ starting quarterback job? That could be the case if reports are correct.
Carolina will try to rebound from a losing football season without record-breaking quarterback Sam Howell against a challenging schedule. Announced Monday night, the schedule includes four teams ranked in the final AP Top 25, seven that earned bowl bids and another that made the FCS playoffs.
As expected, Sam Howell will skip his senior season at North Carolina and enter the 2022 NFL draft. The greatest quarterback in program history made the announcement in a video posted on his Instagram and Twitter pages Saturday afternoon.
By R.L. Bynum Preparing for a bowl game this year is unlike any previous season. This time, it means preparing mentally for the chance that COVID-19 issues could force your game to be canceled. North Carolina kept up with N.C. State’s frustrating Tuesday in San Diego, with the Wolfpack’s Holiday Bowl game against UCLA canceled…