When backup quarterback Marquise Williams hears his name called to replace starter Bryn Renner during a game, as part of the North Carolina football team’s new dual-quarterback system, the two frequently have a similar exchange.
“Only thing he says is, ‘Do what you gotta do — do your part,’” Williams said. “And that’s what we preach, you gotta do your own part. Every day in and out, you gotta do your own part and get some positive things going.”
Heading into Thursday’s game against Miami, UNC’s game plan was to play Williams during the team’s third series of the night. The redshirt sophomore, however, heard his name echo down the sideline earlier than he anticipated, but he was already prepared with Renner’s constant advice already etched in his mind.
Part of Williams’ day-to-day job is to smoothly transition into the game for Renner while maintaining the speed of UNC’s no-huddle offense.
And when third-year starter Renner makes his way to the sideline in exchange for a less experienced Williams, Offensive Coordinator Blake Anderson isn’t worried, and he said the offense often can’t distinguish between the two.