College Football 2016: Power Ranking the ACC Quarterbacks
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The ACC is improving quickly as a conference and it helps having some of the top quarterbacks in the country. This conference has the best quarterback in all of college football and some under the radar guys to keep a close eye on this season.
Let’s see how all these guys stack up.
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Here are the quarterback power rankings entering the 2016 college football season.
1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson - Deshaun Watson is the best quarterback in the country, a Heisman candidate and the main reason Clemson is again a national title contender. It doesn’t get much better than Watson at the quarterback position in 2016.
2. Brad Kaaya, Miami - Brad Kaaya is a quarterback I’m watching very closely this season after he threw for over 6,400 yards and 42 touchdowns in two seasons for Miami. You have yet to see the best from Kaaya and that makes the Hurricanes very dangerous this season.
3. Lamar Jackson, Louisville - As a freshman, Lamar Jackson threw for more than 1,800 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jackson must improve his completion percentage, but he’s a clear playmaker and an exciting QB.
4. Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech - Justin Thomas had a brutal season last year, but let’s not forget he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. Thomas is the best quarterback Georgia Tech has had in awhile and is poised for a bounce back season.
5. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina - We’ll get a better feel on Mitch Trubisky after he replaces Marquise Williams. But there’s a lot to be excited about with the Tar Heels returning a lot of key guys and the fact Trubisky had six touchdown passes on 47 attempts.
6. Thomas Sirk, Duke - Thomas Sirk has to improve his completion percentage of 58.8, but he had at least one touchdown pass in nine of his 12 games and should be even better with a season under his belt.
7. Sean Maguire, Florida State - Sean Maguire had two or more touchdown passes in four of his final six games last season and 17 of his 112 completions produced 25 or more yards. Maguire has real potential this season for FSU.
8. Eric Dungey, Syracuse - Syracuse has to believe in Eric Dungey, who had two touchdown passes in each of his first five games with at least 10 pass attempts. Dungey has some real promise and could make Syracuse a sneaky good team this season.
9. Nate Peterman, Pittsburgh - Nate Peterman had turnover issues in his final two games but is still a quarterback who completed 61.5 percent of his passes and had 20 touchdowns. Pittsburgh could do a lot worse than Peterman.
10. Patrick Towles, Boston College - Patrick Towles transfers from kentucky where he had 24 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions in three seasons. At least Boston College has an experienced quarterback replacing all four of last years quarterbacks.
11. Matt Johns, Virginia - The good news is that Matt Johns finished fourth in the ACC last season with 2,810 passing yards. The bad news is that Johns had at least one interception in 10 of Virginia’s 12 games.
12. John Wolford, Wake Forest - John Wolford enters his third season with Wake Forest in which he’s racked up 21 touchdown passes and 25 interceptions. Wolford could be better this season if the offensive line has shown improvement.
13. Jalan McClendon, NC State - Jalan McClendon will replace Jacoby Brissett after throwing just 14 passes last season. The 4-star recruit has a strong arm and a nice build for the position.
14. Dwayne Lawson, Virginia Tech - Virginia Tech played a lot of quarterbacks last season due to injury, and Dwayne Lawson got in nine pass attempts. We’ll see what Lawson can do as the expected full-time starter for the Hokies.