CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: ACC Team’s Quarterback Situation & Ranking
Going into the summer, what’s the quarterback situation and ranking for every ACC team?
Not every quarterback battle is settled, but where does each ACC team stand at the most important position? The ranking is based on the entire quarterback situation.
14. Boston College
Patrick Towles is gone after a shaky season, but Darius Wade is a decent backup option who saw little time. The dual-threat junior has to fight off Anthony Brown, a great-looking 6-1, 210-passwer who can move.
And the starter will be … Anthony Brown, RFr.
– Boston College 2017 Preview
Everything changed after Thomas Sirk announced he was transferring. He’d have been the backup anyway, but now there’s no question that this is Daniel Jones’ offense. He stepped in and threw for over 2,800 yards and 16 scores with 486 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
And the starter will be … Daniel Jones, Soph.
– Duke 2017 Preview
12. Wake Forest
John Wolford had an okay season as a part of the overall puzzle, but he threw just nine touchdown passes with ten picks. However, he took off for 521 yards and six scores. Kendall Hinton was the starter before suffering a knee injury. He’s the starter, but Wolford is No. 1A.
And the starter will be … Kendal Hinton, Jr.
– Wake Forest 2017 Preview
11. Georgia Tech
It only seems like Justin Thomas was there since the Calvin Johnson era. Matthew Jordan is the guy as long as he’s past a foot injury suffered this offseason, but in a good way, the backups got a shot to see a little time. The speedy TaQuon Marshall will likely be the No. 2.
And the starter will be … Matthew Jordan, Jr.
– Georgia Tech 2017 Preview
It’ll be interesting, Kurt Benkert is the heady veteran who took over last year throwing for 2,552 yards and 21 scores with 11 picks. Missouri transfer Marvin Zanders had a far bigger upside and brought far greater mobility, but chose to leave.
And the starter will be … Kurt Benkert, Sr.
– Virginia 2017 Preview
9. North Carolina
How do you replace Mitchell Trubisky, who replaced Marquise Williams, and keep the amazing quarterback play going? You get the guy who stunk it up for LSU and got pushed aside by a Purdue castoff. Brandon Harris transferred in, but he’s not the sure-thing to start with Chazz Surratt, Logan Byrd and Nathan Elliott all fighting for time.
And the starter will be … Brandon Harris, Sr.
– North Carolina 2017 Preview
Can Eric Dungey stay in one piece? He was outstanding before getting knocked out against Clemson late in the year, but if he’s right, he’ll put up massive numbers this year. If anything happens, Zack Mahoney will step in again after thawing for 943 yards and eight scores in a fill-in role.
And the starter will be … Eric Dungey, Jr.
– Syracuse 2017 Preview
It’s not an overstatement to call this the most important quarterback battle in college football going into the season. Get it right, and potentially win the Coastal Division – and the ACC. Malik Rosier will likely get the first chance at replacing Brad Kaaya, but N’Kosi Perry is one of the nation’s top recruits, with the talent to potentially take over right away.
And the starter will be … Malik Rosier, Jr.
– Miami 2017 Preview
6. Virginia Tech
It would’ve been really, really nice if Jerod Evans didn’t bolt early for the NFL, but being head coach Justin Fuente’s quarterback is a good job no matter who gets it. There should be an entertaining battle, with Josh Jackson a star dual-threat prospect who’ll have to hold off Nebraska transfer A.J. Bush, star recruit Hendon Hooker, and former Kansas starter Ryan Willis.
And the starter will be … Josh Jackson, RFr.
– Virginia Tech 2017 Preview
5. NC State
Former Boise State transfer Ryan Finley was terrific at times last year, throwing for well over 3,000 yards and 18 scores, while running just enough to be fine. 6-5, 221-pound Jalen McLendon got in a little time last year, but he only threw one touchdown pass with four picks.
And the starter will be … Ryan Finley, Jr.
– NC State 2017 Preview
Lose Nathan Peterman, bring in Max Browne, The former USC starting quarterback’s only real problem was not being Sam Darnold, but he’s a smart, good talent who should keep the Pitt passing game rolling. 6-5, 225-pound redshirt freshman Thomas MacVittie will likely be groomed as the starter for the near future.
And the starter will be … Max Browne, Sr.
– Pitt 2017 Preview
Good luck trying to replace Deshaun Watson. It can’t happen right away, but remember, there was concern about replacing Tajh Boyd, and Watson turned out fine. Kelly Bryant looked fantastic this spring and will be the No. 1, but super-recruit Hunter Johnson is ready to step in if needed.
And the starter will be … Kelly Bryant, Jr.
– Clemson 2017 Preview
2. Florida State
Deondre Francois went through the wars in his first season, and now he appears ready to be a superstar for a team that’ll need him to rock right away against Alabama. J.J. Cosentino has just enough time in the system to be okay if needed, but there’s plenty of talent waiting in the wings.
And the starter will be … Deondre Francois, Soph.
– Florida State 2017 Preview
Yeah, the reigning Heisman winner probably has a relatively firm grip on the gig. Lamar Jackson is the star of stars, but can anyone fill in if something disastrous happens? Kyle Bolin transferred to Rutgers, and now it’ll probably be up to the 6-4, 220-pound Jawon Pass to keep things going if No. 8 goes down.
And the starter will be … Lamar Jackson, Jr.
– Louisville 2017 Preview