Trubisky, ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and a four-star recruit by Scout.com, is a quarterback with dual-threat skills — fitting nicely into UNC’s spread offense. A Mentor, Ohio, native, the 6-foot-3 Trubisky turned down football powerhouse Ohio State to sign with the Tar Heels.
Coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday he’s given Trubisky and Williams the same amount of reps this spring, splitting them evenly between first and second teams. He was noncommital about favoring one over the other, but he did praise Trubisky’s progress this spring.
“I think he’s doing really a nice job,” Fedora said. “He’s done a good job studying the game and understands what we’re trying to do.”
Williams, who threw for 1,698 yards last season and rushed for a team-leading 536, wasn’t surprised Wednesday when he heard Trubisky viewed the competition as an open one, saying he would say the same thing if he were in Trubisky’s position.
“That’s how you gotta feel — nothing’s guaranteed around here,” Williams said.
“I’m just confident off of last year’s season. I’m just going to keep building off of that, keep moving the guys, keep improving, let these coaches know that I’m the one for the first team.
“We’re going to be brothers, regardless, whoever starts.”
Trubisky said he felt pressure when he entered spring camp, but after some reassurance from his high school coach, he’s tried to let his game do the talking.
Both Trubisky’s and Williams’ final spring audition will come April 12 in the spring game.
“They haven’t told us who’s ahead in the competition or anything, but I feel like I’m up there,” he said. “I feel like I could be the guy. I feel like I’m ahead. That’s just how I feel. I feel like I’m ready to take over.”