Noted quarterback guru George Whitfield has called North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams the most underrated quarterback in the country. ESPN’s David Hale confirmed Whitfield’s words on Twitter.
That’s quite the statement, as Williams enters his senior year following a career junior campaign. In 2014, Williams threw for 3,073 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 783 yards and 13 scores, but UNC went just 6-7 (4-4 ACC) and lost to Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Granted, Williams is talented and has solid size for his position at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, but is he truly underrated? He certainly was last year, playing in the shadow of Florida State Seminoles star QB Jameis Winston, but that could be different come 2015. Save for Williams, there aren’t really any top names at quarterback in the ACC unless Everett Golson is ultimately named the starter for the ‘Noles.
Williams certainly isn’t a household name, but to call him underrated would mean that he would have had to lead his team to a significant level of success, and he unfortunately has not done that.
Perhaps if the Tar Heels can get hot early this year and make some noise in the ACC, Williams can go from being a name that not many know to TRULY underrated, and from there people will finally start paying attention to him.
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