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First-year quarterback Sam Howell (7) looks to make a pass during a game against UVA in Kenan Stadium on Nov. 2, 2019.

'That’s Sam': How Sam Howell went from hometown hero to UNC superstar

Sam Howell's rise to fame as UNC's starting quarterback might have come as a surprise to some, but not for the people who know him best back home.  For years, his hometown has been marveling over his athletics gifts, but also his selflessness to always put others before himself.  Tad Baucom, his former high school coach, knows just what it looks like when Howell cares about someone like family.  For his talents and his person, UNC devoted 11 days straight to recruiting him away from Florida State. 

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