ACC QB rankings entering Week 8: Drake Maye, DJ Uiagalelei continue to impress
Week 8 is almost here.
With the college football season now past the midway point, several ACC quarterbacks have separated themselves from the pack.
North Carolina’s Drake Maye and Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei have been 2 of the most impressive, with each picking up an important road win in Week 7.
Here’s Saturday Road’s updated look at ACC quarterbacks entering Week 8:
14. Jack Chambers, NC State (Last week: N/A)
It’s Jack Chambers time in Raleigh. The Charleston Southern transfer will use NC State’s Week 8 bye week to try to build some trust within the offense. Chambers struggled against a stout Syracuse defense in his first extended run as NC State’s starter.
13. Brennan Armstrong, Virginia (Last week: 13)
Brennan Armstrong had a much-needed bye week in Week 7 as the Cavaliers work to figure out their offensive identity. If Devin Leary was healthy, Armstrong would have been No. 14 this week.
12. Grant Wells, Virginia Tech (Last week: 14)
Despite the loss to Miami, Grant Wells moves up 2 spots this week. He nearly led the Hokies back into that game and didn’t throw an interception this week. Progress.
11. Kedon Slovis, Pitt (Last week: 11)
Pittsburgh was off in Week 7, giving Kedon Slovis and the Panthers a chance to work on their passing offense. Slovis has struggled to keep up with the standard that Kenny Pickett set.
10. Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech (Last week: 10)
Jeff Sims was on bye in Week 7 but has led the Yellow Jackets to back-to-back ACC victories since Geoff Collins was fired.
9. Phil Jurkovec, Boston College (Last week: 9)
Phil Jurkovec and the Eagles were off last week. Jurkovec ranks 10th in the ACC with a passer efficiency rating of 130.60.
8. Malik Cunningham, Louisville (Last week: N/A)
Malik Cunningham hasn’t played since Oct. 1 against Boston College, but he’s expected to return to the lineup this weekend against Pittsburgh.
7. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (Last week: 7)
Tyler Van Dyke had another solid week as he led the Canes to a win over Virginia Tech on the road. Miami receivers Colbie Young and Brashard Smith appeared to emerge as big-time threats last week in Blacksburg. If that proves to be true longterm, it would be a big deal for Van Dykes and this Miami offense.
6. Jordan Travis, Florida State (Last week: 4)
Jordan Travis slips a couple spots this week as the Noles suffered their third straight loss. Travis could work his way back into the top-5 this season, but the ACC is loaded at quarterback and his season-long numbers are outside of the elite tier.
5. Riley Leonard, Duke (Last week: 6)
Riley Leonard went toe-to-toe against Drake Maye last week in Durham and just about came out on top. He’s fifth in the ACC with 1,557 passing yards and also has 420 rushing yards so far in 2022.
4. Garrett Shrader, Syracuse (Last week: 5)
Garrett Shrader continues to be one of the top stories in college football this season. He’s averaging 9.4 yards per attempt this season and is completing almost 70% of his passes. He’s more than talented enough to test Clemson’s secondary in a big way this weekend.
3. DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson (Last week: 3)
Another week, another road win. Clemson passed its final ACC road test of the year this weekend, beating Florida State in Tallahassee. Uiagalelei only threw for 203 yards but Clemson only needed 23 pass attempts to secure the win. He’s in the elite tier of ACC quarterbacks.
2. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest (Last week: 2)
Sam Hartman was off last week but holds on to the No. 2 spot. He’s on track to lead Wake Forest to back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in program history.
1. Drake Maye, North Carolina (Last week: 1)
Drake Maye was sensational in his first exposure to the North Carolina-Duke rivalry as a player. He threw for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns and led the game-winning touchdown drive on the road. It’s only Week 8 and it’s already difficult to come up with ways to describe his level of dominance.