Williams was the quarterback for one of the best teams in UNC football history, one that reeled off 11 straight victories en route to a No. 15 ranking in the AP poll to end the 2015 season. But his visit to Chapel Hill was more than a trip down memory lane — it was a reminder of how far the program has come.
Since arriving in 2011, Coach Larry Fedora has turned around a once-troubled program. Williams’ visit signifies that Fedora’s long-term vision for the team is taking root.
“I want to make sure that they know they are welcome here and that they are loved,” Fedora said of his former players. “This is their home and they built this place. Not me. They’re the ones who did it.”
Fedora is preparing this week for his final home game with a group of seniors. This graduating class, as much as any, is responsible for the new direction that Fedora sees the program heading in.