North Carolina Football: 3 Burning Questions for the Tar Heels' Spring Game

Burning Questions for the Tar Heels' Spring Game

4/10/14 in NCAAF   |   Nick_Kaminsky   |   29 respect

North Carolina will hold its annual spring game this upcoming Saturday (April 12) and head coach Larry Fedora has developed an extremely competitive atmosphere in Chapell Hill. Blog Photo - North Carolina Football: 3 Burning Questions For Tar Heels' Spring Game 
This certainly showed last season as the Tar Heels were considered to be one of the hottest teams in the country during its last seven games.
Fedora knows this 2014 team is talented, but it’s also relatively young. He hopes to see how his players react when the bright lights come on.
"Effort. Effort. I want to see guys flying around," Fedora told 247sports. "They only get so many opportunities to do this live and so I want to see how they play when the lights turn on. We still have a lot of young guys, so this is relatively new for them, so its good to be able to see them turn it on and off."
Let’s take a look at some of the questions the Tar Heels are facing as they head into their spring game:
1. Who Will Win the Quarterback Battle?
Marquise Williams threw 15 touchdowns and also rushed for 536 yards last season, but that hasn’t guaranteed him the starting spot in 2014. Redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky is Williams’ competition, and it doesn’t seem as though the two are much different in terms of skill set.
"I'll tell you right now I would say they are very very similar with their legs and their arms. I would say right now probably Marquise is a little more confident because he has five or six starts under his belt so he feels more confident out there," said Fedora. "He spends more of his time trying to lead. Where Mitch probably isn't there in the leadership aspect because he is still feeling himself out and making sure he is doing what he needs to be doing."

2. Can T.J. Logan Be the Tar Heels’ Go-To Playmaker?

Blog Photo - North Carolina Football: 3 Burning Questions For Tar Heels' Spring GameNorth Carolina won’t have Eric Ebron lining up at tight end this fall, so someone else needs to step up and be the premier playmaker for this offense. The primary candidate would be sophomore running back T.J. Logan, who was the Tar Heels’ second-leading rusher behind Williams last season, averaging 5.7 yards per touch. He certainly has the ability to be a special player in 2014.
“"He's making progress. He's still a freshman," Fedora said of his talented back. "As much as he played last sea
son, he's still a freshman in college and so he's still got a lot to learn and he's getting better every day. He’s going to be a really good player."
3. Can the Offensive Line Be Effective?
The Tar Heels lost All-ACC left tackle James Hurst and center Russell Bodine, and left guard Caleb Peterson will be out for all of spring. North Carolina simply doesn’t have much game experience left when it comes to the offensive line.
“It’s tough," Fedora said, according to “Some tackles are playing in at the guard position and it’s making it tough. It’s not their normal position. The continuity of those five guys up front is pretty chaotic right now.” 
The left tackle spot seems to be the biggest hole at the moment. John Ferranto, R.J. Prince and Bentley Spain will be competing to win the starting role. 
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