UNC adds fifth-year transfer quarterback from LSU

Brandon Harris addition adds experience and depth to a quarterback position that was unexpectedly left short with the early departure of Mitch Trubisky to the NFL draft

Eamon Queeney—The North State Journal
UNC will open its 2017 football season Saturday against California at Kenan Stadium

Fifth-year graduate transfer Brandon Harris, who played his first three seasons at LSU, has announced that he will finish his college football career at North Carolina. A 6-foot-3, 218-pound dual threat quarterback, Harris played extensively for the Tigers as a sophomore in 2015, completing 53.8 percent of his passes for.2,165 yards and 13 touchdowns. But he was benched two games into last season in favor of Danny Etling and didn’t play again. “Obviously, it has been an important time for me, looking for a great situation and another opportunity to grow as a young man and as a student as well as a football player,” Harris, who will have one season of eligibility remaining, wrote on his Facebook page. “The opportunity to accomplish that is very important to me. “After my official visit this weekend to the University of North Carolina, I’m going to get that opportunity. With that being said, I’m fully committed to UNC this upcoming year and I look forward to the opportunity to play for coach (Larry) Fedora and UNC.” Harris’ addition adds experience and depth to a quarterback position that was unexpectedly left short with the early departure of Mitch Trubisky to the NFL draft. The quarterbacks currently battling for the starting job at UNC’s spring practice are sophomore Nathan Elliott, who took limited snaps behind Trubisky last season, along with redshirt freshmen Chazz Surratt and Logan Byrd.