UNC Reportedly Interested In Ex-LSU QB Brandon Harris

    UNC is reportedly showing interest in former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris. The Tar Heels are in need of a new signal-caller with Mitch Trubisky going to the NFL.

    February 14, 2017

    UNC is reportedly showing interest in former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris. The Tar Heels are in need of a new signal-caller with Mitch Trubisky going to the NFL.


    Could Brandon Harris be on his way to the ACC, a league that is coming off of its most fruitful postseason in league history?

    The former LSU starting quarterback could be on his way to Chapel Hill, as North Carolina and Harris reportedly have mutual interest after Harris announced that the Tigers had granted him a full release. Harris plans to graduate from Baton Rouge, which would position him to play right away as a graduate transfer wherever he lands.

    Larry Fedora’s Tar Heels have very little experience returning at the quarterback position. Logan Byrd and Chazz Surratt both redshirted during their freshman season, and Nathan Elliott didn’t play much in backing up Trubisky, whose breakout 2016 campaign prompted him to move onto the next level. Former Notre Dame signal-caller Malik Zaire has previously visited Chapel Hill, and his veteran presence would be very much desired. UNC remains a finalist for his services, but the Tar Heels may want to act fast in the Harris sweepstakes before a relationship progresses with another program.

    Harris was the starter in Baton Rouge during the 2015 season, when he threw for 2,165 yards and 13 touchdowns along with 226 rushing yards and four scores. Last season, however, he lost his job to Danny Etling and appeared in just two games all season—the two inconsistent starts that ultimately cost him his job. Harris is following a similar path to that of Anthony Jennings, whom Harris replaced as the team’s starting quarterback with the Bayou Bengals. Last offseason, Jennings left the Tigers to become a starter for Louisiana-Lafayette.

    Whether Fedora and Co. end up landing Zaire, Harris or perhaps another veteran signal-caller, it appears that the grad transfer route is the path Fedora wants to take. It’s a team filled with skill offensively, and Fedora’s system is typically friendly to most any quarterback who wins the job. But there’s no question that an experienced signal caller would be more ideal in taking the reins from Trubisky.

    Despite his rocky tenure in Death Valley, Harris possesses talent. He is a former 4-star recruit who has a nice arm and the legs to pick up yardage when plays break down. While decision-making falls on the quarterback, the previous LSU offensive staff didn’t often put its quarterback in the best position to succeed. Fedora is an offensive mind that can perhaps help Harris thrive.

    A Harris-UNC marriage just may be what is needed for both parties to succeed in 2017.

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