CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Larry Fedora has named Mitch Trubisky as starting quarterback for the opener against Georgia.

UNC announced the move Friday, with Fedora saying in a statement that Trubisky ''worked extremely hard and earned it.''

The redshirt junior was the clear front-runner and most experienced option to succeed Marquise Williams, though Fedora had spent spring practices saying no one had ''anointed'' Trubisky and he had to compete for the job.

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Trubisky threw for six touchdowns and ran for three last year. He had also performed well in spot duty, including coming on after Williams was forced out for a play after losing his helmet to throw the winning touchdown at Virginia in 2014.

The Tar Heels and Bulldogs meet in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Sept. 3.