Week 11 ACC QB rankings: Kenny Pickett takes over the No. 1 spot
With ten weeks of ACC action in the books, there’s now a pretty solid sample size of what to expect from most of the league’s starting quarterbacks.
The ACC is loaded at quarterback to the point where there will likely be several deserving snubs when All-ACC honors are announced after the season concludes.
Here’s a look at the league’s 10 best quarterbacks entering Week 11:
1. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
Kenny Pickett re-takes the top spot after his performance vs. Duke in Week 10. The ACC is loaded at quarterback this season, but he’s been consistently the best at the position week-to-week.
2. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
Hartman drops a place after Wake Forest lost its first game of the year to North Carolina last week. Hartman put up huge numbers, but he couldn’t string positive drives together in the fourth quarter vs. the Tar Heels. UNC scored 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter before the Demon Deacons tacked on a garbage time TD.
3. Brennan Armstrong, Virginia
Brennan Armstrong still has the best numbers in the ACC, but he’s been more turnover prone than Pickett and Hartman and less-efficient on a per-play basis. It’s worth noting his health is in question heading into this week’s game vs. Notre Dame.
4. Devin Leary, NC State
Devin Leary continues to be the most underrated passer in this league. He threw for 4 more touchdowns in a win over Florida State on Saturday. It’s just the fourth time in program history that the Wolfpack have defeated FSU and Clemson in the same season. If NC State wins out, he should get serious consideration for 1st team All ACC honors.
5. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami
Simply put, Tyler Van Dyke is on fire. He and the entire Miami offense has had it rolling over the last three games, averaging 6.8 yards per play over that span. Future is bright for Miami.
6. Sam Howell, North Carolina
Howell can still sling it. He’s outside the top five right now but Howell could be No. 1 any given week. He’s also added the ability to be an elite rushing quarterback this season, too.
7. Malik Cunningham, Louisville
It was in a loss, but Malik Cunningham looked like the best player on the field on Saturday vs. Clemson. Remains one of the most electric players in the country.
8. Jordan Travis, Florida State
He’s still clearly Florida State’s best option at quarterback moving forward. The Seminoles missed him on Saturday vs. NC State and will need him back if they’re going to upset Miami this week.
9. Garrett Shrader, Syracuse
Shrader’s rushing production remains nearly unmatched for a quarterback. Syracuse was off last week, but will have a chance to clinch bowl eligibility this week vs. Louisville.
10. Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech
Sims makes his first appearance on this ranking after a solid day vs. Miami on Saturday. The freshman has a QB efficiency rating of 139.3, which is more than respectable for a young player.