Top-5 Quarterbacks In The ACC
Ranking The Top 5 Quarterbacks In ACC
The ACC is not as deep as it was last season in terms of quarterbacks, but there is a nice mix of veteran guys with young emerging talent who should make for an entertaining season. The ACC has turned into a passing league over the last few seasons, and now with the addition of some younger, more athletic quarterbacks, defenses must also account for designed runs and scrambles by the man under center. It was difficult to make up this list because there are so many quarterbacks in this league who are inconsistent. You love them one week, then hate them the next.
One of the guys who falls into this category is Chase Rettig from Boston College, who threw for over 3,000 yards last season, but only had 17 touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions. There is one quarterback, however, who does not deserve to even be mentioned in the top QBs in this league and that is Logan "I'm Tall so therefore I'm Good" Thomas. The national media loves this kid, and every time he has a bad game, it is never his fault. Thomas came to Virginia Tech as a tight end, but then converted to a quarterback. He must have been even worse at tight end than he is at quarterback if the coaches did not even want to keep him at that position. He is awful against good teams, and his 5-of-26 passing numbers against Alabama last week is all you need to see. But enough about bad quarterbacks. Let's get into the guys who really make things happen.
No. 5- C.J. Brown
C.J. Brown sat out last season with a knee injury, but in 2011, he showed signs that he can be a deadly runner and passer. He runs the read-option probably better than anyone else in the conference, and when the defense creeps up in the box, he is capable of throwing over the top to expose the back end of a defense. He displayed his dual-threat ability in Maryland's opening game last week when he passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns, while also running for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 4- Bryn Renner
Yes, Renner had a tough opening game against a stingy South Carolina defense, but that should not make people think any less of him. He is coming off back-to-back 3,000-yard passing seasons in 2011 and 2012. Last season, he set a school record with 28 touchdown passes and led his team to an 8-4 record. This year, North Carolina is eligible for postseason play and he will have to be a big part in his team's success if they want to make it to the ACC Championship game in Charlotte.
No. 3- Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston had an impressive debut against Pitt this past Monday night. He passed for 356 yards on 25-of-27 passing with four touchdowns. Winston also ran a touchdown in on the ground. People have been hyping this kid up all offseason and he performed in his first game, but that's what it was, only one game. The national media is ready to say this kid is going to be better than Charlie Ward, which is laughable at this point. Sure, he has a lot of physical ability and seems to have a high football IQ, but I need to see more of a body of work. FSU does not play a decent team until they travel to Clemson in mid-October where we will really find out more about this kid. For now, he is still impressive to watch seeing how he is only a freshman, but do not get too carried away.
No. 2- Stephen Morris
Stephen Morris is coming off a 3,345-yard passing season with 21 touchdowns compared to only seven interceptions. Miami may or may not be eligible for postseason play this year, but if they are, then I believe the Canes will win the coastal division. Morris has enough talent around him to get the job done and put up big numbers. His running back, Duke Johnson, will be his best friend this year as Johnson is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and has breakaway speed. The Canes, and Morris, have a great opportunity this weekend to knock of No. 12 Florida and solidify his spot as one of the best quarterbacks in the country.
No. 1- Tajh Boyd
Tajh Boyd has already set numerous passing records at Clemson and in the ACC. Boyd thrives in Chad Morris' up-tempo offense and has a wealth of playmakers around him to make his job easier. He is one of the smartest quarterbacks in the country and legitimate Heisman candidate. Last week, he led Clemson to a 38-35 win over Georgia and he accounted for all five of Clemson's touchdowns. He rarely turns the ball over and is quick enough to tuck the ball down and run when the play breaks down. He is on pace to shatter even more records and has a chance to lead his Tigers to a very special season. I look for Boyd to continue his stellar play and give Clemson a chance to win the ACC, and maybe even more.