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Name: Sam Howell 
College: North Carolina     Number: 7
Height: 6-1   Weight: 225
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: So/2023

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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: PManning/PMaxwell/POBrien...2019: ROY/OROYC/NewcomerOYM/3rdC

 Sam Howell, North Carolina, Player News

  10/23/20 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  What's about to take place in Chapel Hill next Saturday is so rare none of the players involved were born the last time it happened. Back in 1993, both UNC and N.C. State were ranked in the top 25 when they met on the football field. The Tar Heels were 18 in the land, the Wolfpack No. 19. Like 2020, Mack Brown roamed the sidelines for UNC, but that's the one common factor ahead of the latest installment in this heated rivalry. For the first time in 27 years, the Tar Heels and Wolfpack will meet head-to-head with both teams ranked in the AP top 25. After a 31-20 win over Duke on Saturday, N.C. State (4-1, 4-1) cracks the top 25 for the first time this season, coming in at No. 23. It's the first time the Wolfpack has been ranked since Nov. 8 of the 2018 campaign. The Tar Heels (3-1, 3-1) peaked out at No. 5 last week, but dropped to No. 14 after losing at Florida State Saturday night, 31-28. UNC fell behind 24-0 to the Seminoles, but battled back and had a chance to tie or take the lead on the final drive. The Tar Heels drove into FSU territory, but failed to convert on a 4th and 9 with 35 seconds remaining. - Raleigh News Observer

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  10/16/20 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  North Carolina jumped to No. 5 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Sunday. It is the football program's best ranking since it was also fifth back in November 1997, which was coach Mack Brown's last year before he took over the job at Texas. "We've talked to the guys about, we need to buy a house in this neighborhood," Brown said in his Virginia Tech postgame video conference on Saturday. "We haven't been here much. We've been visiting the first couple of weeks in the top 10. That's who we want to be, but have we earned it yet?" The Tar Heels (3-0, 3-0 ACC) are fresh off a 56-45 win over then-No. 19 VT on Saturday. They jumped ahead three spots, passing Ohio State, which has yet to play a game; Florida, which lost at Texas A&M; and Miami, who lost to No. 1 Clemson. The Gators fell from fourth, the Buckeyes sixth, and the Hurricanes were seventh. UNC travels to face Florida State on Saturday, which ironically was the team it lost to back in '97 when it was last ranked at No. 5. The Seminoles are nothing like their predecessors from three decades ago. FSU (1-3, 0-3) has lost its three conference games by an average of 20 points. - Raleigh News Observer

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  10/03/20 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Sam Howell threw for two touchdowns and Trey Morrison scored after intercepting the potential tying 2-point conversion with 45 seconds left on Saturday to lead No. 12 North Carolina to a 26-22 victory over Boston College. With the cancellation of one game because of the virus and a scheduled off week leaving North Carolina idle since Sept. 12, the Tar Heels (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) sent BC (2-1, 1-1) to its first loss under new coach Jeff Hafley. Howell completed 14 of 26 passes for 225 yards, including a 41-yard score to Javonte Williams that gave Carolina a 21-13 lead with just over a minute left in the first half. Williams ran for 57 yards and caught two passes for 56, and Michael Carter carried 16 times for 121 yards for the Tar Heels. UNC led 24-16 with just under six minutes left before Phil Jurkovec drove BC into Tar Heels territory and completed three passes in the end zone.

The first two were negated by penalties, but a 6-yard pass to C.J. Lewis made it a two-point game with 45 seconds left, with the 2-point conversion to come. Jurkovec scrambled and threw to the end zone, but Morrison picked him off and ran down the left sideline for the rare defensive 2-point conversion. Jurkovec completed 37 of 56 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns, hitting tight end Hunter Long nine times for 96 yards. Boston College, which led the ACC in rushing last year behind A.J. Dillon's third straight 1,000-yard season, totaled just 40 yards rushing. - North Carolina/AP College Football


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  09/06/20 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  This time last season, Howell was the reason why no one really knew what to expect from the Heels. Now, heading into the season opener against Syracuse, Howell is the reason why so many around the nation expect so much from UNC. If Howell can avoid the dreaded sophomore slump, he should again compete with Lawrence to lead the ACC in passing yards. Howell fell just 25 yards short of doing so last season. Carolina hasn't had a quarterback lead the league in passing yards since Chris Keldorf did it with just 2,347 yards in 1996. - Raleigh News Observer

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  07/31/20 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2020 MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Sam Howell, So., North Carolina,...A native of Indian Trail, North Carolina, Howell put together a streak of 13 consecutive games with multiple TD passes and had eight games with three or more TD passes. Howell's 3,641 passing yards was second in the ACC and ranked 14th nationally. Howell will begin his second season in Chapel Hill included on the watch lists for the Manning Award, Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award. - North Carolina Football

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  07/26/20 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Sam Howell, North Carolina,...ACC Offensive & Overall Rookie of the Year in 2019...Military Bowl MVP...Set the FBS true freshman record and UNC school record with 38 TD passes...His 38 TD passes are the third most in a season in ACC history and the second most by a freshman QB...Ranked fourth nationally and led ACC QBs in passing TDs...Ranked second in the ACC and 14th nationally with 3,641 passing yards...Second in the ACC and 10th nationally with a 160.3 passing efficiency. - North Carolina Football

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  07/20/20 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD WATCH LIST: Sam Howell, North Carolina,...Howell enjoyed one of the finest seasons by a freshman quarterback in college football history. The Indian Trail, North Carolina, native was named an FWAA Freshman All-America and the ACC Offensive & Overall Rookie of the Year after setting the FBS true freshman record and Carolina school record with 38 touchdown passes in 2019. The 2019 Military Bowl MVP put together a streak of 13 consecutive games with multiple TD passes and had eight games with three or more TD passes. Howell's 3,641 passing yards was second in the ACC and ranked 14th nationally. - North Carolina Football

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  06/18/20 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he is planning to introduce a bill Thursday that would require the NCAA to make rule changes regarding college athletes' ability to make money from their name, image and likeness and give the association protection from legal challenges to the new regulations. The NCAA has said it plans to loosen its rules pertaining to athletes' name, image and likeness, with the changes to be voted on at its annual convention in January 2021 and become effective at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

According to a copy of the bill provided to USA TODAY Sports, Rubio's measure would force the NCAA to establish a new setup no later than June 30, 2021. "The only people on campus that are prohibited from benefiting from their name, their image and their likeness are student-athletes," Rubio said. "And that's just not a sustainable position...given the fact that many of these college athletic endeavors are now multi-billion-dollar industries that are generating a lot of revenue for corporate sponsors and for university programs. "This is not an effort to harm college athletics. Frankly, it's an effort to save it from what I think is going to become completely unmanageable if it's not handled uniformly across the board." - Austin American Statesman


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  05/14/20 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  If college football does resume next season, a successful season for Howell appears to be on the horizon, barring injuries. Next season, the Tar Heels are expected to return 10 of their 11 starters on offense, including all their top wide receivers. It will also be Howell second season in the same offense. Brown has said that he expects the playbook to open up next season with healthy backup quarterbacks. The Tar Heels were limited some in 2019 after redshirt freshman Jace Ruder injured his leg early in the year and missed the rest of the season. That meant Howell was the only scholarship quarterback available. As a result, UNC limited the number of run-pass option plays, and designed runs for Howell to prevent unnecessary injury.

UNC was not able to host spring practice or its spring game because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an April interview, Howell said he's been watching a lot of film and working out with his personal trainer, former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone, in Charlotte. It's unclear when college sports will return. Brown said in an interview earlier this week that he and his staff are preparing as if they will return to work in June, although he and his staff have not been given any direction yet. - Raleigh News Observer


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  12/27/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Freshman Sam Howell threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns in addition to catching a TD pass, and North Carolina blew out Temple 55-13 in the Military Bowl on Friday to cap a satisfying return season for coach Mack Brown. Howell completed 25 of 34 passes and ran for 53 yards on three carries to help the Tar Heels (7-6) secure their first bowl victory since 2013. North Carolina was 4-6 before winning its last two regular-season games to qualify for a bowl bid. Temple (8-5) has gone to a bowl game five years in a row - and lost four of them. This was the Owls' first trip under coach Rod Carey, who came to Temple after a run of six-plus seasons at Northern Illinois in which he was 0-6 in the postseason.

North Carolina went 3-9 in 2017 and 2-9 last year before hiring Brown, who coached the Tar Heels from 1988-97 prior to heading to Texas for a 16-year stay. Coming off a five-year absence from coaching, the 68-year-old Brown can attribute a portion of his success to securing Howell, a high school star in North Carolina who initially committed to Florida State. Closing out a sensational debut season at the college level, Howell threw a pair of touchdown passes before halftime to stake the Tar Heels to a 20-6 lead. UNC pulled away early in the third quarter by scoring two touchdowns in a 12-second span, the last on a 20-yard interception return by Storm Duck. Howell completed the third-quarter blitz by catching a 2-yard TD pass from wide receiver Rontavius Groves at the end of a razzle-dazzle reverse to make it 41-6. Howell threw 38 touchdown passes this season, most by a true freshman in FBS history. His 3,641 yards passing are an Atlantic Coast Conference record for a freshman who has not redshirted. - AP College Football


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  12/10/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2019 ACC ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Sam Howell, North Carolina,...Howell threw for an ACC-best 3,347 yards with 35 touchdowns while leading UNC to its first bowl game since 2016. The Tar Heels will face Temple in the Military Bowl. - AP College Football

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  12/04/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2019 ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): QB - Sam Howell, North Carolina; 76,...Howell jumped onto the scene as the first true freshman to start a season opener in Carolina football history. He finished the year completing 234 passes on 388 attempts (60.2%) for 3,347 yards and 35 TDs with only seven INTs. The 35 TD passes are the most by a true freshman in FBS history, are the second most by a freshman (true or redshirt) in ACC history, are tied for fourth on the ACC's single-season chart, and rank fourth nationally. His 3,347 passing yards are the most in the ACC and rank 12th nationally.

They are also the most by a true freshman in ACC history. Howell joined James Winston as the only ACC QBs in the last 15 years to throw 35+ TDs (35), throw 10 or fewer INTs (7), throw for 3,000 yards (3,347), average eight yards per attempt (8.6), and complete 60% of the passes (60.3). He is one of just three QBs nationally (Joe Burrow, LSU; Justin Fields, Ohio State) to throw 35+ TDs with seven INTs or fewer and one of just two QBs (Joe Burrow, LSU) to throw for 3,000 yards, 35 TDs and seven INTs or fewer. - North Carolina Football


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  12/04/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2019 ACC ROOKIE & OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina, 49/54 Votes,...The first true freshman quarterback in UNC football history to start a season opener, Howell leads the ACC with 3,347 yards passing and 35 touchdowns. His 35 touchdown passes are the most in a single season by an ACC true freshman and the most by any quarterback in UNC history regardless of class. With one game remaining, Howell is currently tied with former Clemson All-American Deshaun Watson (2015) for the fourth-most touchdown passes thrown in one season by an ACC player.

Howell joins Ohio State's Justin Fields as the only quarterbacks in the nation to throw multiple touchdown passes in each of his 12 games this season. Also voted the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, Howell is one of just three QBs nationally (Fields and LSU's Joe Burrow) to throw at least 35 touchdown passes with seven or fewer interceptions. A native of Indian Trail, North Carolina, Howell is the fifth UNC player to be selected the ACC's overall Rookie of the Year and the first since current Tar Heel assistant coach Dre' Bly in 1996. - ACC Football


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  12/02/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  DEC 2 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., QB, Indian Trail, N.C.,...Tossed three touchdown passes in Saturday night's 41-10 win at NC State to give him 35 for the season, tying former Clemson All-American Deshaun Watson for the fourth-highest single-season total in ACC history...Threw for a season-high 401 yards on 22-of-33 passing...The 401 yards passing are the ninth-most in UNC single-game history...Has thrown multiple touchdowns in all 12 games this season, which ties Ohio State's Justin Fields for the longest active streak in FBS...Six-time ACC Rookie of the Week in 2019. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

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  11/23/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Sam Howell threw for three first-half scores to set a single-season record for the most TD throws by a true freshman in Bowl Subdivision history as North Carolina beat Mercer 56-7 in its home finale Saturday. Howell completed 10 of 13 passes for 152 yards and scores of 66, 4 and 33 yards in a dominating opening half for the Tar Heels (5-6). That gave him 32 TD throws on the year to surpass Trevor Lawrence's 30 for eventual national champion Clemson last year as the most by a true freshman in FBS history, according to Sportradar. Howell's TD total also broke the program's single-season record for any player (30) set by eventual No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Mitch Trubisky in 2016.

The Tar Heels scored touchdowns on their first six drives to lead 42-0 before the break, showing no trouble handling an overmatched Championship Subdivision opponent nor the cold and steady rain that lasted much of the way. "The afternoon and night was exactly what we needed," UNC coach Mack Brown said. "We dominated the game. Our guys were ready to play. They took the game over early. The game was over at halftime, so we got to play basically everybody who was eligible on our team, which helps morale. And we didn't get anybody hurt. So it was the perfect night for us." Michael Carter ran for 159 yards and three scores for UNC, including a 60-yarder on the first offensive snap after halftime. - North Carolina/AP College Football


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  11/18/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  NOV 18 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., QB, Indian Trail, N.C.,...Five-time ACC Rookie of the Week tossed three touchdown passes in the overtime loss at Pitt to give him 29 for the season, the third-most in ACC history by a freshman...Threw for 322 yards to move past T.J. Yates for the most passing yards by a UNC freshman quarterback with 2,794 yards...Howell and Ohio State's Justin Fields are the only two FBS quarterbacks who have thrown multiple touchdown passes in 10 consecutive games this season. - ACC Football

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  11/04/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  NOV 4 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., QB, Indian Trail, N.C.,...Four-time ACC Rookie of the Week gained 350 yards of total offense, the most ever by a Tar Heel against Virginia, in Saturday night's 38-31 loss to the Cavaliers...Tossed four touchdown passes and threw for 353 yards, his second-highest total this season...Each of his touchdown passes went for at least 34 yards...His 26 touchdown passes this season tie former Miami star Brad Kaaya for third most in ACC single-season history by a freshman QB...Howell is currently the only quarterback in the FBS that has thrown multiple touchdown passes in nine consecutive games. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

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  10/24/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  North Carolina QB Sam Howell has been tough to stop during his freshman season with the Tar Heels. Howell matched a school record with five touchdown passes in last week's six-overtime loss to Virginia Tech, and has reached the 300-yard mark in three of his last four games. Next up is a Duke team that has held six straight opponents to fewer than 270 yards passing. - AP College Football

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  10/22/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Sam Howell has moved well past freshman-level studies at North Carolina. He is playing his way to the top of the class of Atlantic Coast Conference's quarterbacks. Howell leads the ACC with 20 touchdown passes after tying the North Carolina record with five in last week's 43-41, six-overtime loss to Virginia Tech. He passed for 348 yards with no interceptions and was named the conference's top quarterback of the week for the third time this season. For North Carolina offensive coordinator Phil Longo, it's more proof that Howell is no ordinary first-year quarterback. He said Howell is "beyond the 101 stage" of lessons.

"I mean, Sam, he studies the game, he cares, he's passionate about it," Longo said Monday. "That's all part of what makes him as good as he is right now, and we still have things we need to get better at. But I really like where the process is and I like the fact that he accepts just about every challenge I give him." Howell was a unanimous selection for the ACC's top freshman of the first half of the season in balloting by The Associated Press writers covering the conference. It was the only unanimous vote of nine categories. He has set a school record for touchdown passes by a freshman while throwing only three interceptions. He is a key to coach Mack Brown's rebuilding effort at North Carolina (3-4, 2-2 ACC) entering Saturday's game against Duke (4-3, 2-2). - AP College Football


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  10/21/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  OCT 21/WEEK 8 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., QB, Indian Trail, N.C.,...Equaled the school record with five touchdown passes as the Tar Heels came out on the short end of a 43-41 six-overtime thriller at Virginia Tech...Passed for more than 300 yards for the third time in the last four games...Finished 26 of 49 for 348 yards...ACC Quarterback of the Week honor is his third of the season. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

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  10/07/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  OCT 7/WEEK 6 ACC QUARTERBACK & FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., QB, Monroe, N.C.,...Set UNC freshman records for completions (33), attempts (51) and yards (376) while tying the touchdown record with four in the Tar Heels' 38-22 victory at Georgia Tech...His 376 yards passing were the most by a Tar Heel since Mitch Trubisky went for 439 yards against Florida State in 2016. - ACC Football

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  10/06/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  OCT 5 CFB STARS: Sam Howell, North Carolina, threw for 396 yards and four TDs in a 38-22 victory over Georgia Tech. - AP College Football

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  10/05/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Sam Howell threw four touchdown passes and North Carolina suffered no letdown from last week's narrow loss to the nation's No. 1 team, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 38-22 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday. Howell, a freshman making his sixth career start, completed 33 of 51 passes for a career-high 376 yards as North Carolina piled up a season-high 587 yards of total offense and Javonte Williams ran 17 times for a career-high 138 yards and a TD. The Tar Heels (3-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won the game convincingly, going up 24-7 early in the final period on Howell's 18-yard TD pass to Dyami Brown in the left corner of the end zone and 31-15 on the next possession when tight end Garrett Watson caught a short pass near the right sideline and scored a 16-yard touchdown.

Georgia Tech (1-4, 0-2) has lost three straight with the nation's lowest-scoring offense and had gone seven quarters without a touchdown before cutting the lead to 17-7 in the third quarter. Redshirt freshman James Graham made his first career start for the Yellow Jackets and shared early snaps with running QB Tobias Oliver. The offense took a big blow early in the second when Graham threw a deep interception to Don Chapman at the Tar Heel 32. North Carolina scored its first touchdown on the ensuing drive. North Carolina led 17-0 at halftime on Noah Ruggles' 32-yard field goal, Dazz Newsome's 20-yard touchdown catch and Beau Corrales' 6-yard TD reception. Outside linebacker Tomon Fox had a sack in the second and nose tackle Aaron Crawford had a sack in the third. - North Carolina/AP College Football


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  09/09/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  WEEK 2 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE QUARTERBACK & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., QB, Monroe, N.C.,...Howell staged a fourth-quarter comeback for the second successive week to lead North Carolina to a 28-25 win over Miami...True freshman completed 16 of 24 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers...Connected with Dazz Newsome on a 10-yard game-winning touchdown with 1:01 remaining in the game...Howell also hauled in his first career reception that went for 18 yards off a pass from wide receiver Dyami Brown. - ACC Football

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  09/08/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Mack Brown knew he needed to coax some confidence out of his North Carolina players after inheriting a team that frequently found a way to give up leads last season. Two games in, the Tar Heels are playing like they're free from that burden - fittingly led by the composed true freshman who isn't the least bit interested in experiencing any of that frustration. Sam Howell directed a clutch final drive and found Dazz Newsome just inside the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:01 left, lifting the Tar Heels to a second fourth-quarter comeback in as many weeks and a 28-25 win against Miami on Saturday night.

"I just have confidence in myself, I have confidence in this team," Howell said. "I have confidence in all 10 guys on the field with me. This is what we do." Howell's perfect throw found Newsome dragging his toes inches from the sideline from 10 yards out. That capped a stunning 75-yard march that included him hitting Rontavius Groves for 20 yards on a fourth-and-17 to keep the drive alive, which came only minutes after the Tar Heels had surrendered the lead on a late Miami touchdown. - AP College Football


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  09/03/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  WEEK 1 ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., QB, Monroe, N.C.,...Howell became the first true freshman quarterback to ever start the season-opening game for the Tar Heels on Saturday...He completed 15-of-24 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns in UNC's 24-20 win over South Carolina...Howell orchestrated consecutive 90-plus yard fourth quarter drives as the Tar Heels came from behind for the win. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

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  08/31/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Tar Heels coach Mack Brown knew that eventually he had to take the handcuffs off freshman quarterback Sam Howell. With South Carolina stacking the box and daring the Tar Heels to throw, Brown decided he had no other option than to let Howell try to make some plays. Howell responded in a big way throwing for 245 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns as North Carolina battled back from an 11-point deficit to beat South Carolina 24-20 on Saturday. Howell led touchdown drives of 98 and 95 yards and connected on TD passes of 22 yards to Dyami Brown and 17 yards to Beau Corrales to give Brown his first win since 2013, when he coached at Texas.

"We were very conservative with Sam Howell around the goal line early," Brown said. "And we felt like at halftime, he's a quarterback, we have to turn him loose. And he played a tremendous second half." Conservative might be an understatement. North Carolina ran 12 plays inside the South Carolina 25-yard line in the first half and 11 were runs. The only pass attempt resulted in a sack. "We didn't take any shots in the first half," said Howell, the first true freshman to start a season opener in school history. "We kind of opened it up in the second half and our receivers made some good plays." - AP College Football


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  08/28/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Sam Howell went from being a Florida State recruit to starting at North Carolina in rapid fashion. Now the Tar Heels are ready to find out how he handles game pressure in his first college snaps. Howell will start Saturday against South Carolina in Charlotte, with the school saying he's believed to be the first true freshman to start a season opener in program history. That followed the four-star recruit flipping his commitment from FSU in December, enrolling at UNC in January then finishing on top of a three-way battle for the starting job in preseason camp.

"I'm a calm guy, I usually stay pretty calm," Howell said. "But I'll be honest: yeah, there is going to be some nerves. I'm not scared or anything like that, but it is a big stage. It's a stage I really haven't been on before. But I'm confident in myself, I'm confident in my team and I know my teammates have got my back." The only public look at Howell in Longo's offense came in the spring game, with him completing 10 of 16 passes for 131 yards and a perfectly thrown deep ball for a 42-yard score. Still, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said the Gamecocks know plenty about him; they recruited him, too. "He's got arm talent, set all kinds of records in high school," Muschamp said. "A guy that's got ability to run the ball. He's a competitor, a battler. He can make all the throws as far as the touch throws. He can zip it. We've got a lot of respect for Sam." - AP College Football


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  08/26/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  North Carolina is starting true freshman Sam Howell at quarterback for Saturday's opener against South Carolina in Charlotte. Howell started preseason camp in a three-way battle for the starting job with redshirt freshmen Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin. But new coach Mack Brown said Aug. 18 that Howell would start working with the first-team offense in preseason practices, and Howell remained in control of the job. As a result, Ruder is now the backup on Monday's depth chart while Fortin has informed the team of his plan to transfer. Brown said Monday other schools have contacted the Tar Heels about Fortin and that they were "very, very positive" in supporting Fortin's efforts. Brown also said walk-on freshman Vincent Amendola will now serve as the team's No. 3 quarterback. - AP College Football

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  08/18/19 - QB Sam HowellSo/2023, North Carolina, 6-1, 225 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  North Carolina coach Mack Brown says true freshman quarterback Sam Howell will start working with the first-team offense in preseason practices. Brown said Sunday that Howell's consistency had given him an edge in a three-way competition with redshirt freshmen Cade Fortin and Jace Ruder. The plan is for Fortin and Ruder to split reps behind Howell with just less than two weeks to go until the opener against South Carolina in Charlotte on Aug. 31. Howell was a touted in-state recruit who flipped his commitment from Florida State to UNC shortly after Brown's return for a second stint in Chapel Hill. - AP College Football

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