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Heisman Watch: Why not UNC QB Trubisky?

The Heisman Trophy race is often highlighted by players with pizzazz and jaw-dropping playmaking ability. But one of the hottest quarterbacks in the ACC is steadily gaining Heisman hype by playing like a good old-fashioned signal caller.

University of North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky is the real deal.

NCAA Football: North Carolina vs Georgia

Mitch Trubisky has the ‘Heels back on track after suffering a loss to UGA in Week 1. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Trubisky, a 6-3, 220-pound junior out of Mentor, Ohio, is absolutely eating defenses up in 2016. Why? Because the guy is efficient as all get out. “Turnover” and “Trubisky” don’t even belong in the same sentence together, which is a big reason why this quarterback is averaging 342.2 passing yards in his first year as UNC’s starter.

Trubisky has 17 total touchdowns on the season; 13 passing, four rushing. He is second in the ACC in total touchdowns, trailing only Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is widely considered as the Heisman front-runner. Not to mention, Trubisky has not thrown a single interception in UNC’s first five games of the season. Trubisky’s lone fumble of 2016 was recovered by a Tar Heel teammate in their 37-35 win over FSU on Saturday, a game in which Trubisky threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for one touchdown.

This gunslinger has three straight 400-yard passing performances and has completed 76 percent (133/175) of his passes in 2016. Trubisky may not possess the razzle-dazzle of some of the other Heisman hopefuls throughout the country but he is making his case by making timely throws over, and over, and over again.

Trubisky threw for 453 yards and five touchdowns in UNC’s comeback victory over Pittsburgh in Week 4. He has led the Tar Heels to a 4-1 start and a No. 17 ranking in the AP Top 25.

Information from ESPN, USA TODAY and ACC Digital Network were used in this report.

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