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On a night that was already filled with rough moments for North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell, things got even worse after he got destroyed on a crushing hit.

Things started off well for Howell when he made a nasty juke move to avoid a blitzing defender then took off running. Unfortunately for the freshman, Wake Forest Demon Deacons linebacker Justin Strnad came through and wiped him out.

North Carolina’s 18-year-old quarterback is doing his best to hang on and try to lead his team on a comeback. Howell has received plenty of credit for his mental toughness early in his collegiate career, but the ability to get up and keep playing after that hit displays his physical toughness as well.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick