Offense Takes North Carolina's Spring Game

 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (goheels.com) - Quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed 10 of his first 11 passes and wide receiver Mack Hollins had 111 yards receiving and a touchdown to highlight North Carolina's two-hour Spring Game on Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium.

Hollins dominated early, posting 104 of his receiving total in the first half, including an 18-yard scoring grab from Trubisky.

"Offensively and defensively, there will be a lot of things we can learn from today that we’ll go back teach a lot of guys," said head coach Larry Fedora. "We had to run the scrimmage the way we ran it because of some injuries at certain positions, and we weren’t deep enough to be able to split into two teams and play a true game. That’s why we did it the way we did it, and we still thought we got a lot out of it.”

The game featured a unique scoring system, which rewarded both the offense and defense based on yardage gains on certain downs and distance. Touchdowns and interceptions were each worth three points and special teams scoring plays did not count.

Fedora said he got the scoring system after a member of his staff visited with the Seattle Seahawks a few years back. The Tar Heels use the scoring system each day to determine a winner in practice. Despite just five traditional scoring plays, the final score of today's scrimmage had the offense winning 74-70.


Trubisky, who threw for 148 yards, was one of five quarterbacks to see the field. Caleb Henderson took the bulk of the second-team reps, completing 8 of 12 attempts for 79 yards, but also had two interceptions. Nathan Elliott was 6 of 12 for 53 yards and Manny Miles was 5 of 8 for 52 yards. True freshman Logan Byrd misfired on his only attempt.

On the ground, T.J. Logan started the game and finished with 53 yards on 12 carries. True freshman Jordon Brown was impressive with 11 carries for a team-high 85 yards. Walk-on Jacob Schmidt was second on the team with 74 yards. Senior Khris Francis had perhaps the best run of the day with a 16-yarder around the right side for a touchdown.

"I think that both sides benefitted from what we did today," said Fedora. "That’s the tough thing about a spring game. I thought there were good things in some situations. I thought there were bad things on both sides of the ball. We know as a team that we’ve got a lot to work on, and we’re going to be a lot better because of what we did today. We’re going to be a lot better because of what we did this spring, and we really spent a lot of time with a lot of guys getting a lot of reps. We know from experience that those guys who are twos and threes are going to play for you at some time in the fall, and you’re going to need them to be able to be successful.”

Although field goals were not counted in the scoring totals, senior Nick Weiler was perfect on his two attempts from 30 and 52 yards. His career-long is 48 yards.