Drake Maye enters Heisman Trophy conversation with unbelievable performance vs. Pitt
Drake Maye emphatically entered the Heisman Trophy conversation with his five-touchdown performance against Pitt on Saturday night.
The Tar Heels entered the fourth quarter trailing Pitt, but Maye didn’t blink. He led UNC to 21 unanswered points in the final stanza and a 42-24 victory.
Maye completed 34-of-44 passes for 388 yards, 5 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also led North Carolina in rushing yards with 64 on 14 carries.
Maye was already on the cusp of the Heisman Trophy conversation — he was a +4300 long shot entering Week 9 — but now he may be front-and-center of the conversation.
On the season, Maye has thrown for 2,671 yards and 29 touchdowns while tossing only three interceptions. He’s also rushed for 442 yards and three more scores on the ground.
Ohio State’s CJ Stroud and Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker continue to be the favorites. But Maye’s performance on Saturday night has clearly swayed at least some public opinion.
Here’s some of the Heisman-related reaction to Maye’s performance vs. Pittsburgh:
He wont win it or probably not get top 3… but Drake Maye deserves Heisman talk. #UNC
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) October 30, 2022
Drake Maye for Heisman. https://t.co/9tOBwqxBso
— Josh Graham (@JoshGrahamRadio) October 30, 2022
Let me just tell y’all something for all you folks that have your little Heisman lists… IF YOU DON’T HAVE DRAKE MAYE ON IT, THROW IT AWAY @UNCFootball
— Eric Mac Lain (@EricMacLain) October 30, 2022
Drake Maye is playing NCAA Football 2022.
Time to talk Heisman.
— Logan Sherrill (@LoganSherrillTV) October 30, 2022
— CFB Saturday Slate w/ Mick N Bus (@MickNBus_CFB) October 30, 2022
I am a Heisman voter. If the season ended today and I had to fill out my ballot, Drake Maye would be on it. Not sure where, but it would definitely be somewhere.
— BFriedACC (@BFriedACC) October 30, 2022
UNC passed the test. And Drake Maye looks like he’s at least getting invited to the Heisman ceremony.
— Pat Welter WRAL (@PatrickWelter) October 30, 2022
Still wondering why Drake Maye isn’t showing up on any of these Heisman watch graphics.
— Brandon Ayscue (@AyscueBrandon) October 30, 2022
If your heisman candidate list doesn’t have Drake Maye on it your trash🤷🏾♂️ #Goheels
— Mud talk the podcast (@Mudtalkpodcast) October 30, 2022
Drake Maye isn’t gonna get the Heisman love he deserves because his team isn’t a title contender
But man… that kid is really, really good.
— #5 Clemson Addict (8-0) (@Clemson_Addict) October 30, 2022
Drake Maye is the heisman and it’s not really a question at this point.
— payton (@toshirosburner) October 30, 2022
Drake Maye is a top-5 QB in the nation and deserves to be on every mid-season Heisman short list.
— Jake Lawrence (@TheRealestRJL) October 30, 2022
Drake Maye should at least be in NYC for the Heisman ceremony.
— College Sports Superfan (@eisner_ryan) October 30, 2022
Drake Maye is already the best QB in Carolina Football history in my opinion. At this pace he should be in NYC for the Heisman Trophy presentation. #GoHeels
— Julian J. Carter (@JulianJCarter) October 30, 2022