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Mack Brown Names North Carolina's Starting Quarterback

North Carolina quarterback takes the snap against Georgia Tech.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 05: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Mack Brown is only a few weeks from returning to the sidelines for the first time since resigning from Texas in 2013. Ahead of the new season, he's chosen his new quarterback, too.

According to InsideCarolina, Brown has named true freshman Sam Howell as his starting quarterback. Earlier this week, offensive coordinator Phil Longo indicated that Howell was in the driver's seat for the role.

“We’ve been looking at our quarterback situation very closely," Brown said on Sunday inside the Kenan Football Center. "And we’re concerned about not having enough leadership on offense and one of your true leaders has to be your quarterback. The guys are in a tough spot because all three of them are good enough and all three of them are working hard enough, but Sam Howell will start taking the snaps with the blue team, our first team."

Howell was one of the top quarterbacks in the Class of 2019, and the highest-rated prospect to commit to UNC in the class. He garnered countless accolades as a four-year starter at Sun Valley High School.

247Sports rated Howell as the No. 93 overall prospect in the country. He was the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of North Carolina.

Howell's tenure at UNC will start as a baptism by fire though. The first few weeks of the season includes games against South Carolina, Miami, Appalachian State, and defending national champion Clemson.

But Howell will have an experienced offensive mind in Mack Brown to show him the ropes.

Can Brown and Howell return the Tar Heels to their winning ways in 2019?