Redshirt freshman quarterback Cade Fortin will enter the NCAA transfer portal, which was originally reported by Ross Martin with Inside Carolina this afternoon. This development is taking place following last week’s announcement from Mack Brown that Sam Howell was named to Carolina’s first team practice squad.
Fortin arrived in Chapel Hill last year, and started against Virginia Tech before falling victory to an injury that kept him out of action until later in the season. Phil Longo and Mack Brown both referred to him as the best pure passer of the three quarterbacks, with his soon to be former teammates varying in skillset. The decision to put Howell with the first team in practice assumably was due to his well-rounded game, as he is both a strong passer and runner. Fortin competed to what we now know was the very end, and he will now look to see what other opportunities await at another program.
Cade Fortin’s decision to transfer isn’t incredibly surprising, as the quarterback situation always had this weird vibe that by the time everything was said and done, someone would leave the program. The Tar Heels now have two scholarship quarterbacks in Howell and Jace Ruder, which means that there is an extremely slim margin of error in the injury department. That is worth mentioning because as we remember, last year the Heels cycled through quarterbacks unlike any team that I’ve seen in my lifetime. Let’s hope that Howell and Ruder pan out, and as for Mack Brown and his team, it’s time to keep moving and prepare for South Carolina next weekend.