ACC QB rankings entering Week 9: Drake Maye holds the top spot while DJ Uiagalelei falls
Week 8 off ACC action is in the books.
A group of quarterbacks are starting to separate themselves in the top half of the conference while injuries ravage multiple teams in the bottom half.
Here’s Saturday Road’s updated quarterback rankings entering Week 9:
14. Jack Chambers, NC State (Last week: 14)
Jack Chambers’ first win over Florida State was a great story, but he has struggled since then. NC State will need to figure out a longterm solution — and quickly.
13. Jeff Sims/Zach Gibson, Georgia Tech (Last week: 10)
Georgia Tech’s quarterback situation is a nightmare at the moment. Jeff Sims is battling a foot injury, and it’s unclear whether or not he’ll be able to go this weekend. If he can’t, Zach Gibson and Zach Pyron are both likely to see the field in his absence.
12. Brennan Armstrong, Virginia (Last week: 13)
A win is a win. Brennan Armstrong led the Cavs to a big victory over Georgia Tech last week — their first ACC win of the season. However, he remains inefficient as a passer and is having a season to forget.
11. Grant Wells, Virginia Tech (Last week: 12)
Grant Wells moves up a spot on Virginia Tech’s bye week due to the uncertainty at Georgia Tech.
10. Kedon Slovis, Pittsburgh (Last week: 11)
Pittsburgh just hasn’t had an explosive offense this season, despite the emergence of All-ACC candidate Israel Abanikanda. At least some of the blame for that rests on the shoulder of Kedon Slovis.
9. Tyler Van Dyke/Jake Garcia, Miami (Last week: 7)
Tyler Van Dyke will reportedly miss a couple weeks with a shoulder injury he suffered against Duke. That leaves Jake Garcia as Miami’s starter. Garcia is talented, but he turned it over five times vs. the Blue Devils. That will need to be sorted out as soon as possible.
8. Malik Cunningham/Brock Domann, Louisville (Last week: 8)
Malik Cunningham and Brock Domann share the headlines this week as both passers played in Louisville’s win over Pittsburgh. Cunningham’s status remains up in the air.
7. Phil Jurkovec, Boston College (Last week: 9)
Phil Jurkovec moves up two spots this week, but it has very little to do with his own play. Jurkovec moves ahead of two questionable quarterback situations at Miami and Louisville. He scored two touchdowns last week in a blowout loss to Wake Forest.
6. Jordan Travis, Florida State (Last week: 6)
Jordan Travis holds at No. 6 this week after Florida State was idle in Week 8. He could pass Uiagalelei with a good performance vs. Georgia Tech on Saturday.
5. DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson (Last week: 3)
DJ Uiagalelei drops two spots after a nightmare performance vs. the Orange. There are two reasons he doesn’t drop even further: Dabo Swinney’s insistence that Uiagalelei will remain the starter moving forward and Uiagalelei’s impressive body of work over a larger sample of games this season. Another slip-up would be a major concern, though.
4. Garrett Shrader, Syracuse (Last week: 4)
Garrett Shrader struggled a bit vs. Clemson in Week 8, but that can happen to even the best quarterbacks in this league. He gets another tough test vs. Notre Dame’s defense this weekend.
3. Riley Leonard, Duke (Last week: 5)
Riley Leonard continues to show his versatility with his arm and his legs. He scored four total touchdowns in Duke’s blowout win over Miami this week.
2. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest (Last week: 2)
Another week, another great game for Sam Hartman. He’s only No. 2 on this list because of the generational talent playing quarterback in Chapel Hill.
1. Drake Maye, North Carolina (Last week: 1)
Drake Maye retains the top spot after North Carolina’s bye week. He leads all ACC quarterbacks in most major statistical categories.