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Drake Maye wins North Carolina QB competition

Nov 11, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Drake Maye will be North Carolina’s starting quarterback for Saturday night’s season opener against visiting Florida A&M.

Tar Heels head coach Mack Brown made the announcement Monday, choosing the 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman to replace record-setting signal-caller Sam Howell.

Maye, whose brother Luke starred for the UNC basketball team (2015-19), won a competition that went down to the wire with third-year sophomore Jacolby Criswell.

A four-star recruit in the Class of 2021, Maye originally committed to Alabama before flipping to North Carolina.

Criswell completed 16 of 25 passes for 195 yards, one touchdown and one interception in seven appearances over the past two seasons. He also rushed 16 times for 94 yards and a TD.

Howell was a three-year starter for the Tar Heels who set school records for passing yards (10,283) and TDs (92) before being drafted in the fifth round in April by the Washington Commanders.

–Field Level Media