Freshman Sam Howell delivers in stellar college debut

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UNC true freshman quarterback Sam Howell had folks across the country buzzing over his college debut, as he guided a 24-20 comeback victory over South Carolina. Sam, a QBC NC trainee, threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns and showed poise and confidence in leading the Tar Heels attack.

Coverage from the Charlotte Observer:

Sam Howell’s first game as a college quarterback was the stuff of storybooks, as he led late touchdown drives of 95 and 98 yards and directed North Carolina to a 24-20 upset of South Carolina in Charlotte.

“I was just trying to seize the moment and take advantage of this opportunity,” Howell said. “This is what I dreamed of — being back in my hometown, playing in front of all my close people. It was awesome.”

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Coverage in the Daily Tar Heel:

In UNC’s season opener against South Carolina on Saturday, Howell lead two fourth quarter drives of 90-plus yards for touchdowns, turning a 20-9 deficit into a 24-20 win. Forget his first career start – it was his first college game, period. He became the only true first-year in UNC history to start a season opener.

Still, his 245 yards, two touchdowns and quiet confidence led the way.

“Sam’s a baller. No matter what situation he’s in, he’s got control,” wide receiver Beau Corrales said. “He’s not an extremely ‘rah-rah’ type of guy, but the confidence he has, you can feel that.”

“Just seeing him scramble around and make those plays, that builds a lot of faith and confidence,” offensive lineman Charlie Heck said. “He’s a playmaker, and he went out there and made plays today.”

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