Via ACC press release:
OFFENSIVE BACK – Marquise Williams, North Carolina, Jr., QB, 6-2, 220, Charlotte, N.C.
Williams accounted for five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in the Tar Heels’ 48-43 victory over Georgia Tech. Williams completed 38 of 47 pass attempts for 390 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 73 yards and gained 463 yards of total offense, the second most in UNC single-game history. Williams set the UNC record for completions in a game with 38 and broke the school record for completions in a half with 23 completions in the final two quarters. Williams has accumulated 898 yards of total offense in his last two games.
RECEIVER – Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, So., WR, 5-10, 180, Charleston, W.Va.
Switzer had nine receptions for a 136 yards – both career highs – with two touchdowns in UNC’s 48-43 win over Georgia Tech. It marked the second 100-yard receiving game of his career, joining his 118-yard effort versus Old Dominion in 2013. Switzer caught two touchdown passes in a game for the second time (also two against Old Dominion last year).
Marquise Williams was a mortal lock to win the award this week, his second straight. This time the junior quarterback's gaudy numbers fueled a winning effort and helped the Heels break a four game losing streak. The past two games should bury any and all notion of Mitch Trubisky playing unless Williams gets injured. Larry Fedora still held out the possibility of Trubisky subbing in prior to the Georgia Tech game. After what Williams did to Georgia Tech, no one is buying that even if he says it.
It is an understatement to say Ryan Switzer had struggled prior to Saturday night. His best highlight of the season had been a 75-yard touchdown reception out of a tunnel screen against Clemson. Outside of that there had been not other big plays and his overall receiving numbers had been mostly lackluster. Life as UNC's punt returner had been much less fun this season with no big returns or touchdowns plus criticism Swtizer was trying to do too much. His 136 yards and two touchdowns versus Georgia Tech was the breakout game everyone had been looking for out of the sophomore. UNC made good use of Switzer in both the downfield passing game and on the perimeter where he was able to use his elusiveness to pick up a touchdown.
After five games where the offense floundered a bit at times, the offense has been humming during the past two contests. Virginia will offer a stiff test on Saturday as to whether the Heels can keep rolling.