The North Carolina Tar Heels football program finished the 2014 season with a 6-7 record, and have quite a bit of improving to do in order to get to where they need to be. One of their biggest needs moving forward is to find a long-term quarterback capable of starting and putting up big numbers consistently. They may have that guy in their 2016 recruiting class, and his name is Logan Byrd.
During the 2014 season at Veterans High School in Kathleen, Georgia, Byrd ended up throwing for 1,000 yards and five touchdowns, while showing off his athleticism with 505 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. Even though he didn’t have huge passing numbers, he is the number two quarterback in the state of Georgia and 10th in the country as a pocket passer.
At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, Byrd is a very big quarterback with extreme athleticism. He is a very intimidating physical presence on-the-field, and has the talent to back his physique up.
Looking ahead at his future with the Tar Heels, there is absolutely nothing holding him back from becoming something very special. North Carolina has been looking for the type of franchise quarterback that could lead them back to contention for a college football playoff spot, and Byrd certainly has that type of potential. He has some things that he needs to work on in order to get to that point, but every single young quarterback have the same needs.
Byrd took the time to sit down for an exclusive interview with Evan Massey of Campus Sports, and we hope that you enjoy it and begin following Byrd as he prepares to take the next step in his career.
First up on the docket was finding out why Byrd chose to commit to North Carolina in the first place. He talked about what the main deciding factors were, and why he chose to pick them after de-committing from the Virginia Tech Hokies.
“Definitely the coaching staff was a big part. They recruited me since 9th grade, and even when I was committed to Virginia Tech they still were persistent which said a lot about them. Coach Heck said I was his guy from the start, and the entire staff believed I could take them to a championship. Another thing was the campus. It felt like home away from home, and my whole family loved that, especially my mom. I really got along great with the players, and they welcomed me.”
He also talked about what he will bring to the field for the Tar Heels, and what fans can expect to see from him on-the-field as well as what type of guy he is away from the gridiron.
“I’m a passer first and runner second. When the play breaks down, I can make something out of nothing. When it’s crunch time, I can get it done. I’m a very passionate person. I always finish what I start. I love fishing with my buddy’s, I’m humble, down to earth and I really don’t like to showboat a lot.”
Adding onto the statement that the coaching staff thought he could take them to a championship, he shed more light on their comments and expectations for him early on in his career.
“I expect to come in and compete obviously. Competition brings out the best in everyone. I realistically plan to be second string going into the fall of my freshman year, which wouldn’t be a bad thing. Mitch Trubisky is a great player and will be a senior, so taking advantage of the time I have with him being there and learning from him the first year will help me out a lot.”
Each player has a player that they have modeled their game after, and Byrd was very adamant about two players that he feels he compares well to.
“Probably Cam Newton. He’s a big, physical quarterback who can make plays with his feet. A college QB I would compare my game to would be Tim Tebow with the Florida Gators.”
Obviously that Tebow comparison is going to draw a lot of excitement. Tebow was one of the most dominant college quarterbacks that the nation has seen in the history of the game. The Newton comparison is a great one as well, and the combination of those two players would be extremely dangerous if he lives up to those comparisons.
Byrd went on to talk about his goals for his career with the Tar Heels, both team oriented and individual.
“My goal is to win championships. I think that’s everyone’s goal in college. Obviously as a player I want a shot in the NFL just like the next guy, and I believe my career at UNC will give me that chance with the success we will have.”
Closing out the interview, Byrd left a message for the North Carolina fan base. Fans should begin getting excited about this kid, and he is obviously excited about joining the Tar Heel nation.
“I can’t wait to be up in Chapel Hill permanently and lead the team to success. Go Heels!”
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