How do the ACC quarterback situations break down going into fall camp and the season?
ACC Quarterback Depth Chart Projection, Ranking & Breakdown
14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Current Projected Starter: Jamie Newman, Soph.
This will be higher once the main man is back. Veteran junior Kendall Hinton should be more than fine taking over for John Wolford – eventually. Suspended from the first three games of the season for a “violation of team rules,” that means Jamie Newman is in the spotlight – he’s a big bomber who should be the No. 2 man when Hinton is back. True freshman Sam Hartman will get his shot in fall camp.
13. Boston College Eagles
Current Projected Starter: Anthony Brown, Soph.
Brown needs to be back from the torn ACL that knocked him out late last year. He’s supposedly ready. If he needs more time, there’s a problem with Darius Wade transferring to Delaware. EJ Perry got in most of the work this spring with Brown out.
12. Virginia Cavaliers
Current Projected Starter: Bryce Perkins, Jr.
There are a whole lot of eggs put in the Perkins basket. The JUCO transfer from Arizona State has to be ready right away with the depth – even with last year’s No. 2 man Lindell Stone back – a bit iffy.
11. Duke Blue Devils
Current Projected Starter: Daniel Jones, Jr.
Can Jones be a wee bit better? When he was good, Duke was great. Backup Quentin Harris has seen a little time and can run.
10. Pitt Panthers
Current Projected Starter: Kenny Pickett, Soph.
Can Pickett build off what he started late last season? He’d better with Ben DiNucci transferring to James Madison. JUCO transfer Ricky Town is a one-time super-recruit who’ll push for the backup job, and star freshman Nick Patti might be the best of the bunch.
9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Current Projected Starter: TaQuon Marshall, Sr.
Marshall will be one of the best runners in all of college football, but there’s a battle for the No. 2 job with Matthew Jordan retiring a year early. Sophomore Lucas Johnson and redshirt freshman Tobias Oliver have better size than Marshall.
8. North Carolina Tar Heels
Current Projected Starter: Chazz Surratt, Soph.
This is a sneaky-good situation. The Tar Heels went with youth and inexperience last year, and now it should pay off with two good options in Surratt, Nathan Elliott and a great recruit in Jace Ruder coming in. Flip a coin between Elliott and Surratt.
7. Louisville Cardinals
Current Projected Starter: Jawon Pass, Soph.
There’s no Lamar Jackson, but the Louisville quarterback will always be strong. Pass is good, but Malik Cunningham might just be the better option after he gets a little work and time in the system.
6. Syracuse Orange
Current Projected Starter: Eric Dungey, Sr.
As long as Dungey can stay on the field, the Orange offense will be dominant. There’s experience behind him, but redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito is the statistical superstar-in-waiting and sophomore Rex Culpepper is a big option.
5. NC State Wolfpack
Current Projected Starter: Ryan Finley, Sr.
State should be higher on Finley alone, but the backup situation is iffy. Finley’s decision to return for one more year gives the Wolfpack hope to be a player in the ACC. Behind him, though, is a problem with Jalan McClendon choosing to transfer to Baylor. It’ll be a battle among a slew of redshirt freshmen to be the No. 2 man – Finley can’t go down.
4. Miami Hurricanes
Current Projected Starter: Malik Rosier, Sr.
Do you like the steady veteran or the superstar-in-waiting? Last year’s starter Malik Rosier can play, but N’Kosi Perry is the one who might be the missing piece to take the Canes to another level. Everyone is waiting for Perry to be amazing, but Rosier isn’t giving up the gig. Cade Weldon will get a shot at the backup job behind Rosier, and freshman Jarren Williams has a wold of upside – Perry has to watch out for him next year.
3. Virginia Tech Hokies
Current Projected Starter: Josh Jackson, Soph.
Now that the suspension scare is over – it was reported that Jackson was having academic issues – now all is fine and the Hokies have a special starter. There’s experience behind Jackson, too. Former Kansas transfer Ryan Willis and Hendon Hooker will fight for the No. 2.
2. Florida State Seminoles
Current Projected Starter: Deondre Francois, Jr.
This is a much, much tighter race than it might appear to be. The off-the-field issues don’t appear to be a barrier for Francois, and he’s expected to be healthy and ready to go for the start of the season coming off his broken leg suffered against Alabama. Bigger and stronger, he’s built to take a pounding, unlike the ultra-thin James Blackman. Blackman has the experience to push for the job, and Bailey Hockman is an interesting X factor, too.
1. Clemson Tigers
Current Projected Starter: Trevor Lawrence, Fr.
Just how good is Kelly Bryant? He’d better be amazing with Lawrence, arguably, the nation’s top recruit looking great this spring. Former star recruit Hunter Johnson didn’t even want to mess with it – he’s off to Northwestern now.
Bryant might be the solid veteran, but Lawrence is NFL franchise special. With Furman to start the season, there’s a chance the newbie gets a warm-up game before dealing with Texas A&M. Best guess? Dabo Swinney will find a rotation for both of his stars.