Believe it or not, the Tar Heels kick off the 2016 season in exactly three weeks. With just 21 days until the most wonderful time of the year, I wanted to provide Tar Heel fans with a quick update on the elite status of UNC’s QB1, Mitch Trubisky.
Spoiler alert: He’s still elite.
It seems like just yesterday that I introduced the world to the “Is Mitch Trubisky Elite?” debate, but that was really just the beginning. Since that article, a few things have helped push this fall’s hottest debate forward.
1. Mitch showed off the shoulder cannon
On July 31st, former Tar Heel star Eric Ebron (and a few others) tagged Mitch Trubisky in the following video. In it, you’ll see Mitch ping the crossbar from at least 60 yards out, showing off his elite arm strength, touch, and accuracy:
Woof; what a toss. For a guy known more for his accuracy and decision-making, Trubisky sent the nation a very clear message with this video: If you let my receivers get behind you, I will place the ball directly in their hands.
2. Pro Football Focus called him a “question mark”
Widely considered one of the most authoritative sources on actual football performance and ability, Pro Football Focus lobbed a grenade into this debate on August 7th.
In an article titled “10 teams returning the most production in 2016,” the Tar Heels came in at #5 on their list. After giving due credit to players such as M.J. Stewart, Nazair Jones, and Mack Hollins, they referred to Mitch Trubisky as “the big question question mark.”
I wonder what that big question was, Pro Football Focus; perhaps it was, “Is Mitch Trubisky Elite, QUESTION MARK!”
In all seriousness, Pro Football Focus has been extremely generous to the Tar Heels this offseason, publishing several pieces very complimentary of their secondary and defensive line. If Mitch Trubisky is the biggest question they have about this UNC team, fans have a lot of reason for excitement.
3. Mitch hasn’t thrown an incompletion in 300 days
For those of you keeping track at home, today marks the 300th day since Mitch Trubisky last saw an in-game pass attempt not wind up in the arms of one of his teammates. That makes it 7,200 hours (432,000 minutes) since his last incompletion.
I’m not saying... I’m just saying.