Just when the North Carolina football team looked like it may have found its quarterback for the next four years, head coach Larry Fedora was thrown a curveball.
First-year quarterback Chazz Surratt, who got the nod to start in the Tar Heels’ (0-2, 0-1 ACC) second game of the season against No. 17 Louisville (2-0, 1-0 ACC), had an abbreviated showing on Saturday, manning quarterback responsibilities for only the first half. While on the field, Surratt put together a solid performance, going 12 of 14 for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
But in the second half of the former Gatorade State Player of the Year’s first ever start, he was tied to the sideline. Surratt’s absence could be tied to an in-game injury.
“The very first time I ran it, I just got hit in the lower back, and the rest of it got worse as the game went on,” Surratt said after UNC’s 47-35 loss to the Cardinals.
The starting quarterback said the hit he took made pain run down the side of his right leg. And despite showing signs of a quick recovery — like hopping on a training bike throughout the second half and telling Fedora that he thought he was good to re-enter the game at any time — Surratt didn’t take another snap.