ACC QB rankings entering Week 4: How much longer will Devin Leary be at No. 1?
Most of the ACC’s quarterbacks had another impressive showing in Week 3.
NC State’s Devin Leary has the No. 1 spot again this week, but that could be on the line in Week 4. Leary and the Wolfpack have yet to start clicking offensively this year. They face UConn at home this week, so that could be a great opportunity to get back on track.
Looking ahead to this week, quarterbacks like Sam Hartman and Drake Maye will be tested by elite defenses. If either of those quarterbacks impress, they could over-take the top spot heading into Week 5.
Here’s Saturday Road’s ACC QB rankings entering Week 4:
14. Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech (Last week: 12)
It’s a tough scene at Georgia Tech. There was little Jeff Sims could do to prevent Georgia Tech’s 42-0 home defeat against Ole Miss this week. He has just 1 touchdown pass this season and is only averaging 5 yards per attempt.
13. Brennan Armstrong, Virginia (Last week: 11)
The nightmare season continues for Armstrong. Virginia narrowly avoided an embarrassing loss to Old Dominion at home on Saturday. Armstrong ranks 11th out of 12 qualified quarterbacks in the ACC for passer efficiency rating.
12. Nate Yarnell, Pittsburgh (Last week: N/A)
Nate Yarnell did a fantastic job of filling in for Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti in Week 3. He completed 9-of-12 passes for 179 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. However, his lack of experience means he can’t be any higher on this list — for now.
11. Phil Jurkovec, Boston College (Last week: 14)
Phil Jurkovec moves up a few spots this week mostly due to the struggles of Sims and Armstrong and the inexperience of Yarnell. But Jurkovec did throw for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns vs. Maine in Week 3.
10. Grant Wells, Virginia Tech (Last week: 13)
Grant Wells has looked like a new quarterback since he threw 4 interceptions in the opener. In Virginia Tech’s last 2 games, he’s thrown 0 picks and the Hokies are 2-0. That’s a recipe for success.
9. Malik Cunningham, Louisville (Last week: 9)
Malik Cunningham let Florida State off the hook in Week 3. Despite numerous injuries to Florida State on both sides of the ball, Cunningham was only able to lead his Cardinals offense to 10 points in the second half of that game. Through 3 games, he has just 1 passing touchdown.
8. Garrett Shrader, Syracuse (Last week: 6)
Garrett Shrader threw one of the best passes of the day on Saturday vs. Purdue, but he also looked a bit like his old self — in a bad way — throughout the game. Still, he’s the only qualified ACC quarterback who has yet to throw an interception this season.
7. Riley Leonard, Duke (Last week: 8)
Arguably the biggest surprise of the ACC season so far, Riley Leonard just dominates. He’s No. 2 in the ACC in passer efficiency rating and is averaging an astounding 11 yards per attempt. This is a solid Duke team and Leonard is the biggest reason why.
6. DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson (Last week: 7)
DJ Uiagalelei moves up a spot this week because he continues to improve as a runner and as a passer. He’s completing 64.8% of his passes this season and has a 5-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio. He’s also rushed 27 times for 117 yards in 3 games.
5. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (Last week: 3)
Tyler Van Dyke didn’t get much help from his receivers in College Station, but he still has to be better. Even in Miami’s first 2 games of the year, Van Dyke’s numbers weren’t anything special. He’s currently 6th in the ACC in passer efficiency rating.
4. Jordan Travis, Florida State (Last week: 4)
Travis completed his first 11 passes against Louisville in Week 3 before things took a turn for the worse. He made several bad throws and then was injured and forced out for the remainder of the game. The good news? Travis seems to be on track to play for the Noles vs. Boston College in Week 4.
3. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest (Last week: 5)
Sam Hartman didn’t play his best game against Liberty, tossing 2 interceptions in a narrow victory. But combined with his previous body of work, it was enough to pass Travis (who is injured) and Van Dyke (who struggled mightily) this week.
2. Drake Maye, North Carolina (Last week: 2)
Drake Maye leads in the ACC in passer efficiency rating, passing yards and passing touchdowns while throwing just 1 interception in his first 3 games. The only thing keeping him from the top spot on this list is a great game vs. Power 5 opposition. He gets that chance this weekend vs. Notre Dame.
1. Devin Leary, NC State (Last week: 1)
Devin Leary retains the top spot for another week, but it might not be for much longer. Leary’s passer efficiency rating of 136.27 ranks just 7th in the ACC. If Leary struggles again — and if Maye impresses vs. Notre Dame in Week 4 — there could be a new No. 1 next week.