Former FSU commit Sam Howell reflects on great freshman year at UNC

Former FSU commit Sam Howell reflects on great freshman year at UNC

Not many true freshmen quarterbacks in college football come in and throw for 3600 yards and 38 touchdowns right out of the gate, but that is exactly what North Carolina’s Sam Howell did in 2019.

Howell joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL to discuss memories from his impressive true freshman season.

“God has definitely blessed me with the ability and blessed me with a great year last year,” Howell said. “I’m just trying to keep building on that and make sure that it keeps going uphill from here.”

Howell, a one-time Florida State commit, was asked what ultimately lead him to stay home and commit to North Carolina.

“Coach (Mack) Brown definitely played a big role and his message to me was very convincing and really it came down to me just wanting to stay home and be close to my family,” Howell said.

Howell and the Tar Heels took ACC powerhouse Clemson to the final play of the game in 2019; he was asked how that game changed his team’s mindset moving forward.

“I think as a team we know what we are capable of, but I don’t know if everyone really believed it,” Howell said. “Ever since the Clemson game last year, I think we knew what we were capable of. They were the No.1 team in the country at the time and we took them to the last play of the game. We just have to keep doing what we’re doing, take it one play at a time and I think we will be where we want to be.”

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every college football team in one way or another, Howell talked about dealing with the virus amidst all the expectations North Carolina has coming into the 2020 season.

“We were definitely looking forward to this football season and we are still staying positive that we are going to play and things will get back to normal,” Howell said. “This year is supposed to be a big year for us. We have a lot of expectations and guys have been working really hard. We are excited and we are still hoping for the best and we are going to prepare like we would normally.”

Life has changed a lot for Howell in one year’s time. Thirty-six hundred yards passing and 38 touchdowns will do that. Howell was asked how he is dealing with his new found expectations.

“Life has definitely changed a whole lot in a year,” Howell said. “This time last year I was still competing for the job and now I’m definitely blessed with the position that God has put me in. The big thing for me is I’ve just got to stay grounded and stay humble and keep working to my main goal which is to be an NFL quarterback. I can’t let any of the early success right now affect me. I’ve just got to keep going day by day and try to achieve my ultimate goal.”

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