Sam Howell: Hype Won’t Win Football Games


Sam Howell and UNC have garnered a lot of national attention this preseason. However, the team doesn’t spend a lot of time reading the lofty projections for them.

“I think we’re a really mature team,” Howell said. “I don’t think anyone really let the hype get on us. We talked about it very early on. Everyone knows the hype that we have around our program. I think it is well deserved. But also, the hype is not going to win football games. We have to work every day. I think the team did a good job of not letting the hype get in our way. An amateur team would let it get to them and affect the way they work. This has not happened to us.

Howell also touched on several other topics during his first preseason press conference.

On the changes to the run-pass mix due to the losses of Michael Carter and JaVonte Williams (both drafted in the NFL): “We’re going to do what we do. It’s the same system. We feel really good with the guys in the running hall. What I saw in training today, I felt really good. The guys are going to have the chance to step up this year and make a few plays, but we’re not changing what we’re doing. Running backs will always get the same number of litters. ”

At the opening at Virginia Tech: “I like it. The three years I’ve been here we’ve had a big opener (South Carolina in 2019 and Syracuse last year). It’s good not to play a lesser opponent. It gives a sense of urgency when walking through the camp. We know we’re going to be tested from the start. Blacksburg is a tough place to play. We know what the challenge of the first week is.


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