Sam Howell breaks UNC passing record


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — He will be overshadowed by the final score against Notre Dame, but the North Carolina quarterback Sam howell made another mark in the Tar Heel football record book on Saturday night. With 341 passing yards against the Irish, Howell became UNC’s all-time leader in career passing yards with 9,419. That passed the former Carolina quarterback TJ Yates, who ended his career with 9,377. Howell accomplished the feat in 33 games. Yates played in 45.

UNC lost 44-34 on Saturday to drop to 4-4 this season.

Howell’s 341 passing yards came from 24 versus 31 passes and one touchdown. He ran the ball 18 times for 101 yards and one score. Howell’s total of 442 yards was his third record in North Carolina.

“It’s definitely not why I play the game, but it’s definitely something I don’t take for granted,” Howell said after the loss. “It’s a great deal. You know I had a lot of help getting to where I am and I’m just super blessed by God to be in the position I’m in and to have all these people. around me that keep me going out there and being successful. I can be anywhere in the world and I’m here to play soccer with the people I love in that locker room. I really love being with these guys. It’s just super fun to go out there and fight with my brothers. I think what I take away the most from the records is just the memories and the relationships I have made . It has been a lot of fun and I am delighted to finish it. “

Also on Saturday, Howell spent Marquise Williams for the total affected responsible for. Williams, who played at UNC from 2012 to 2015, ended his career with 99 total touchdowns (including assists, rushes and scores). Howell added a rushing and rushing touchdown on Saturday to reach 101 total touchdowns.

“I think he was amazing,” UNC head coach Mack Brown noted. “We wouldn’t have won as many games as we have without Sam Howell. And he’s helped our recruiting, he’s improved everything we’ve done because the competition is so tough and he wants to win. He’s the guy. Jeremiah (Gemmel) is the defending guy and Sam is the attacking guy. “

Howell added Tuesday ahead of the Notre Dame game: “That’s something I really don’t spend a lot of time thinking about, from a records standpoint. I never planned on coming here and breaking records. I had planned to come here and try to bring this program back to where it should be and overall bring this school a championship. And I think whatever records come along the way, come along. “

Leaders of UNC career success projects

1. Sam howell 9,419 meters

2. TJ Yates 9,377 meters

3. Darian Durant 8,755 yards

4. Bryn renner 8,221 yards

5. Marquise Williams 7,965 meters

Sam howell on Saturday against Notre Dame (Photo: Jim Hawkins | Inside Carolina, 247Sports)

Howell’s prolific running offense this season has been a revelation and a major addition to UNC’s offense that missed the production and explosion of its star players a year ago.

Howell’s 101 yards on Saturday bring his season total to 595 net rushing yards and six rushing runs. He’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry and 74.4 yards per game

“I really feel like I’m back in high school,” Howell said. “I used to throw the ball in high school probably 20 to 25 times a game. And that’s really how I feel this year. When we need a first down… the quarterfinal draw -back worked for And I think our O-line did a really good job. We invested a lot of time blocking the quarterback draw in the offseason, working on blocking against blitzes and against twists and turns because running the quarterback draw when the defense twists is really hard to do and our O-line did a good job picking up that stuff.

“You all see it, when we do the quarterback draw it’s wide open. So that’s really a credit to the guys around me. It’s easy to get numbers when the quarterback runs the ball and you can have the back block for you it’s easy to outnumber the defense so that’s just a merit for Coach (Phil) Longo’s game plan and those blocking in front me.

Howell also continued his streak of consecutive games with a passing touchdown to 33 games, the longest active streak in the country. Howell has started and played in every game since joining UNC in 2019. Howell has now produced five 300-yard passing games this season and 14 for his career.

It’s also worth noting that Howell hits the 10,000-yard mark overall. After Saturday, Howell totaled 10,185 yards, behind Marquise Williams, who left Chapel Hill with 10,423 total yards.

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