ACC QB rankings entering Week 5: Sam Hartman takes over the top spot
September is in the books for the ACC.
Week 4 caused another shakeup in the ACC quarterback rankings, including a new No. 1 for the first time this season.
Here’s a look at Saturday Road’s QB power rankings entering Week 5:
14. Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech (Last week: 14)
Sims has had a brutal start to the season and will now be continuing with a new head coach at Georgia Tech.
13. Brennan Armstrong, Virginia (Last week: 13)
Virginia showed a lot of fight in its narrow loss to Syracuse in Week 4, but Brennan Armstrong still struggled. He’s dead last in the ACC in passer efficiency rating.
12. Grant Wells, Virginia Tech (Last week: 10)
It wasn’t all Grant Wells’ fault, but Virginia Tech wasn’t able to move the ball much against a struggling West Virginia defense. His 4th quarter pick 6 was the nail in the Hokies’ coffin.
11. Phil Jurkovec, Boston College (Last week: 11)
Phil Jurkovec’s nightmare season continues. He threw 2 interceptions against Boston College and couldn’t get his offense across midfield in the first half vs. Florida State in Week 4. He has 7 touchdowns and 5 picks on the year.
10.Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (Last week: 5)
Tyler Van Dyke took a big tumble this week after getting benched in Miami’s stunning loss to Middle Tennessee last weekend. It’s unclear if he will be the Canes’ starter moving forward or if they will go to Jake Garcia. Miami is off this week, so we might not know the answer until Week 6 against North Carolina.
9. Malik Cunningham, Louisville (Last week: 9)
Malik Cunningham had his best game of the season so far, scoring 4 total touchdowns in a blowout win over South Florida. However, Cunningham is still toward the bottom of the ACC in passer efficiency rating.
8. Kedon Slovis, Pitt (Last week: N/A)
Kedon Slovis returned to the lineup this week and threw for 189 yards on 27 attempts in a comfortable win over Rhode Island.
7. Garrett Shrader, Syracuse (Last week: 8)
Garrett Sharder has regressed a little bit over the past couple of weeks, but he’s still having an incredible season for the Orange. Syracuse is 4-0 and a lot of it is due to Shrader’s improvement as a passer. He has an 8-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio this season.
6. Riley Leonard, Duke (Last week: 7)
Riley Leonard just keeps delivering. Duke finally lost this week on the road at Kansas, but Leonard did his part. He’s third in the ACC in passer efficiency rating and tied for first in yards per attempt.
5. DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson (Last week: 6)
DJ Uiagalelei is starting to prove a lot of people wrong. The Clemson quarterback had a shaky start to the 2022 season but he has settled in over the last few weeks. He threw 5 touchdown passes and completed an incredible 2-point conversion off one leg in Clemson’s double OT win over Wake Forest this week. The Tigers need more of that going forward.
4. Jordan Travis, Florida State (Last week: 4
Jordan Travis was questionable in Week 4 and all he did was set a new career high in passing yardage. He looks like a new player in 2022 and is absolutely one of the ACC’s best passers.
3. Devin Leary, NC State (Last week: 1)
Leary drops from the No. 1 spot for the first time this season despite throwing 4 touchdowns against UConn. His fall has more to do with Maye and Hartman performing at a high-level vs. elite defenses than anything Leary did this week. But at this point in the season, it’s impossible to ignore Leary’s sub-optimal passer efficiency rating of 144.37.
2. Drake Maye, North Carolina (Last week: 2)
Drake Maye got his first test against a Power 5 defense this week and he mostly passed the test. He wasn’t as good as numbers would suggest — 301 yards and 5 touchdowns — against Notre Dame, as a lot of that production came in garbage time. But Maye was good enough for UNC to have a chance in that game if its defense would have done its part.
1. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest (Last week: 3)
Clemson’s defense was banged up, but 6 touchdown passes is 6 touchdown passes. Sam Hartman is officially back and is now second in the ACC with 13 touchdown passes despite missing an entire game due to injury. He’s also second in passer efficiency rating and third in yards per attempt.