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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Land Transfer QB

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The Tar Heels appear to have a new competitor for the battle to be the team’s next starting quarterback.


After rumors of tied the two together yesterday, Texas A&M transfer Max Johnson announced via social media earlier this afternoon that he will be transferring to Carolina. He will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.


Johnson spent the last two years at Texas A&M, playing in twelve games and starting eight. In his time with the Aggies, he threw for 1969 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions, going 4-4 in the games that he started. Prior to that, Johnson played in 18 games and started 14 of them at LSU in the first two years of his career. He posted an 8-6 record as the starter there, throwing for 3884 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions in those two years.


This move pretty much confirms the obvious that Drake Maye is heading for the NFL this offseason. This sets up what should be a pretty competitive battle between Johnson and incumbent backup Conner Harrell to be the team’s next starting quarterback. While this is a rather underwhelming move with some of the names that are already in the portal, it does give the Tar Heels a veteran option for next season and may speak to the staff’s confidence about Harrell.

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