Week 10 ACC QB rankings: Sam Hartman continues to dominate while Tyler Van Dyke emerges
While the ACC hasn’t emerged from the first two months of the season with multiple Playoff contenders, it does boast arguably the best group of quarterbacks in the country.
There are at least six quarterbacks in the ACC who could lay a claim to all-conference accolades at the end of the year — and that’s not including Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke, who has out-dueled two quarterbacks on this list in the last two weeks.
Here’s a look at the ACC’s 10 best quarterbacks entering Week 10:
1. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
Winning matters, and Sam Hartman continues to win. He’s putting up stats, too — he’s thrown for 2,475 yards, 22 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. Hartman also leads the ACC with a passer efficiency rating of 175, which is bordering on elite.
2. Brennan Armstrong, Virginia
Armstrong may have suffered a rib injury in the Cavaliers’ loss to BYU late Saturday night. However, his spot near the top of this list is secure for now. He’s thrown for an ACC-best 3,557 yards so far this season — the next best is Kenny Pickett at 2,755. Armstrong is on pace to break Deshaun Watson’s ACC single-season passing mark but several hundred yards. The lefty has his team in strong contention for the ACC Coastal, too.
3. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
Pickett was firmly in the Heisman Trophy conversation before the Panthers’ loss to Miami this week. So why the drop to No. 3? It’s mostly a testament to how deep this position is in the ACC. Pickett’s numbers are good enough for the No. 1 spot in a normal year. But for now, he’s just trying to hang on to a top-3 spot — and the lead in the ACC Coastal.
4. Devin Leary, North Carolina State
Leary is arguably the most underrated quarterback in the country. He has the ACC’s best TD-to-interception ratio at 21-to-2 and has thrown for 2,161 yards in 8 games. If the Wolfpack make the ACC Championship Game, Leary will be the biggest reason why.
5. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami
Van Dyke has an argument to be higher on this list based on the last two games, but his sample size isn’t big enough — yet. Still, what Miami has done is impressive. The Hurricanes have transformed their offensive scheme with Van Dyke under center, and he’s doing a great job of distributing the ball to players like Charleston Rambo and Jaylan Knighton. His passer efficiency rating of 160.60 ranks third in the ACC.
6. Sam Howell, North Carolina
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Howell’s numbers still look reasonably good, but the Tar Heels have struggled this season. Howell doesn’t deserve all the blame — or even most of it — but his 7 interceptions haven’t helped. He can still be the ACC’s best quarterback on any given Saturday, but we haven’t seen it nearly enough this season. North Carolina will have to beat undefeated Wake Forest on Saturday to avoid moving to 4-5 on the season.
7. Malik Cunningham, Louisville
Cunningham’s numbers are solid this year, but he drops out of the top five after a disappointing showing vs. NC State on Saturday. He’ll need to improve vs. Clemson — a defense he has historically struggled against — in order to get back into All-ACC contention.
8. Jordan Travis, Florida State
Florida State’s offense struggled mightily over the weekend vs. Clemson’s vaunted defensive front. Travis’ numbers were solid (14-of-22 for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns) but the Seminoles got 75 of those yards on one play. Travis needs to be more efficient on a play-by-play basis moving forward.
9. Braxton Burmeister, Virginia Tech
It’s been a disappointing year for the Hokies, but Burmeister has been effective at times. He’s coming off his best game of the season vs. Georgia Tech, where he threw for 254 yards and 2 touchdowns.
10. Garrett Shrader, Syracuse
Ignore Shrader’s passing stats — they’re not good, although he hasn’t been the least efficient quarterback in the ACC this season. Shrader’s value is in his rushing ability, which is elite for a quarterback. He’s sixth in the ACC in rushing with 670 yards this season and is tied for the league lead with 13 rushing touchdowns. His teammate, Sean Tucker (11) and Louisville QB Malik Cunningham (13) are the only other ACC players to score double digit touchdowns through nine weeks.