Cade Fortin, a redshirt first-year quarterback, will leave UNC and enter the NCAA transfer portal, InsideCarolina reported Thursday night.
Fortin’s decision to transfer came four days after head coach Mack Brown named first-year quarterback Sam Howell the Tar Heels’ first-team quarterback. Howell beat out Fortin and fellow redshirt first-year Jace Ruder for the spot.
The team is yet to announce the starter for its Aug. 31 season opener against South Carolina in Charlotte.
Fortin, a four-star quarterback from Suwanee, Georgia, played in four games and started two for North Carolina last season. He was 23-65 for 388 yards and a touchdown; he also rushed 14 times for 76 yards and a touchdown.
He made his debut against East Carolina and later started against Virginia Tech. Fortin had a promising performance against the Hokies — 97 passing yards, 44 rushing yards — before missing the second half with injury. Fortin also saw action versus Duke and started against N.C. State, going 19-40 for 276 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a rushing touchdown.