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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The lone North Carolina media availability prior to Thursday’s primetime matchup with No. 16 Miami in South Florida was a Larry Fedora clinic in cloak and dagger misdirection as it related to his quarterback situation.

In April, as UNC’s 15 spring practices came to a close and offseason speculation began in earnest, word leaked out of the Kenan Football Center that junior quarterback Nathan Elliott, who had finished the season as the Tar Heels’ starter, had outplayed sophomore Chazz Surratt and was the frontrunner for the job entering training camp. Then came the July news that Surratt would miss four games due to suspension after selling team-issued Jordan Brand shoes in January.

Training camp came and went, and while true freshmen Cade Fortin and Jace Ruder competed for playing time, Elliott had solidified his starting position through the month of August. And then came September and poor outings in losses to California and East Carolina. After a hurricane-induced cancellation against No. 13 UCF and a solid outing in a win against Pittsburgh, Elliott (59-of-104 passing, 669 yards, 3 TD, 4 INT) enters Hard Rock Stadium as UNC’s starting quarterback while Surratt is once again available to play.

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