ACC QB power rankings entering Week 5: Drake Maye clings to the top spot
ACC quarterback power rankings are back for another week.
With 4 weeks of the regular season now in the books, there’s a bit more data on how each of the ACC’s quarterbacks has performed so far this campaign.
The top of the list remains relatively static, with Drake Maye holding off Jordan Travis and Tyler Van Dyke for the top spot. Entering Week 5, those 3 quarterbacks have separated themselves into a tier of their own.
But there is movement this week in the middle and at the bottom of this ranking, where multiple signal-callers are still failing to meet expectations.
Here’s Saturday Road’s updated QB power rankings entering Week 5:
14. Phil Jurkovec, Pitt (Last week: 14)
Phil Jurkovec was better in Week 4 against Carolina — until he had to leave the game with an injury. His completion percentage is back above 50% on the season but he’s still averaging only 6.5 yards per attempt.
13. Mitch Griffis, Wake Forest (Last week: 9)
Mitch Griffis tumbles 4 spots this week after throwing 3 interceptions in a home loss to Georgia Tech. Griffis’ numbers on the year are not good. He has just a 59.8% completion rate and has already thrown 6 interceptions despite Wake facing a relatively weak schedule to start the year.
12. Tony Muskett, Virginia (Last week: N/A)
Tony Muskett reappears on this list as it seems he’s going to get the start this week for the Cavaliers. Not much is known about the Monmouth transfer, who has been out with an injury since Week 1. Anthony Colandrea is the future of this program, but giving the true freshman a bit of a break after throwing 5 interceptions in the past 2 games does make some sense.
11. Kyron Drones, Virginia Tech (Last week: 13)
Kyron Drones checks in at No. 11 this week after he rushed for 2 touchdowns in Virginia Tech’s loss to Marshall. Drones wasn’t efficient as a passer in that game, however, throwing for just 160 yards on 35 attempts.
10. Brennan Armstrong, NC State (Last week: 12)
Brennan Armstrong moves up this week, but it’s still been a disappointing season so far for Armstrong. He’s 12th in the ACC in passer efficiency and 11th in total QBR. He has some upside, but we haven’t seen it since 2021.
9. Cade Klubnik, Clemson (Last week: 10)
Cade Klubnik moves up a spot after a mostly-good showing against Florida State. But once again, Klubnik turned the ball over in a key spot. If he can clean that up, it would go a long way toward helping Clemson’s offense. He’s shown more comfort in the offense over the past few weeks and made several clutch throws vs. Florida State.
8. Thomas Castellanos, Boston College (Last week: 8)
Thomas Castellanos is good. He’s the best thing BC has going for it right now and it’s not particularly close. He has 8 touchdown passes and has already rushed for 280 yards in 2023.
7. Haynes King, Georgia Tech (Last week: 6)
Haynes King was excellent in Georgia Tech’s road win over Wake Forest last week. On the year, he has 11 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and is averaging 8.8 yards per attempt. He’s clearly in the top-half of ACC quarterbacks this season.
6. Jack Plummer, Louisville (Last week: 7)
Jack Plummer is giving Louisville exactly what it hoped for when Jeff Brohm recruited him out of the portal this offseason — and maybe more. Plummer is 2nd in the ACC in passer efficiency rating through 4 weeks. Louisville’s offense is averaging 8.12 yards per play, which ranks 4th nationally.
5. Garrett Shrader, Syracuse (Last week: 5)
Another week, another strong Garrett Shrader performance to keep him in the top 5. Shrader has a massive test this week against a Clemson defense that looks elite.
4. Riley Leonard, Duke (Last week: 4)
Riley Leonard has led Duke to a 4-0 start despite throwing just 2 touchdown passes so far this season. However, Leonard has already rushed for 238 yards and 4 scores in 2023. He’s also completing 67.7% of his passes and has yet to throw an interception. He’s an elite college quarterback.
3. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (Last week: 3)
Tyler Van Dyke just keeps getting better. The ACC’s leader in total QBR and passer efficiency rating, Van Dyke has been the league’s best quarterback in 2023. His disappointing 2022 campaign is what’s holding him back from the top spot on this list, but that might not be the case for much longer if he can sustain this production in conference play.
2. Jordan Travis, Florida State (Last week: 2)
Jordan Travis had another strong showing in Week 4 as he led Florida State to a road win at Clemson. He found Keon Coleman for a pair of crucial touchdowns, including the game-winner, while battling a shoulder injury. Travis has lived up to expectations so far this season and should be at the forefront of the Heisman Trophy conversation.
1. Drake Maye, North Carolina (Last week: 1)
Drake Maye holds onto the top spot this week after delivering a 3-touchdown performance against Duke. The touchdown passes haven’t necessarily been there yet this season, but Maye has been effective as both a passer and a rusher. He’s 2nd in the ACC in total QBR behind only Van Dyke.