Well here we go. It’s time to start ranking the best players in the ACC for the 2020 season. As usual we hope you enjoy the rankings.
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1) Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Trevor Lawrence is 25-1 as a starter. He’s led Clemson to two ACC Titles, two playoff appearances, and is 3-1 in the playoffs with a national title.
He would have been a top 3 NFL pick in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He will be a top 3 pick this year, and will likely be the number one pick if he comes out his junior season which we all expect. He didn’t throw an interception in his final 8 games in a season he threw for 3665 yards with 36 TDs and just 8 interceptions.
2) Sam Howell, North Carolina
The reigning ACC Rookie of the year is North Carolina’s QB Sam Howell. Howell had a fantastic freshman season with stats very similar to Trevor Lawrence. Howell had over 3600 yards in the air with 38 TDs and 7 interceptions. Howell reminded me of Matt Ryan when he was at Boston College the way he effortlessly handled blitzes that were thrown at him – as a freshman.
This might be the best pair of ACC QBs since Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson.
3) Micale Cunningham, Louisville
Quietly Micale Cunningham finished in the top 10 nationally in QBR rating. In 2019 Cunningham passed for 2061 yards with 22 TDs and only 5 Ints. He also ran for nearly 500 yards.
Micale Cunningham isn’t Lamar Jackson. Nobody is, but Cunningham has drawn some comparisons to Jackson. To even be discussed in the same sentence as Lamar Jackson though tells you the potential Louisville has at quarterback this year.
4) D’Eriq King, Miami
Miami may have picked up the best transfer in all of college football in QB D’Eriq King. In his last full season in 2018 at Houston, he had 36 TD passes and 6 interceptions while throwing for nearly 3000 yards. He also had 674 yads on the ground. King could challenge Cunningham has the best dual-threat QB in the ACC.
He actually entered the 2019 season as a darkhorse Heisman candidate. He could be the spark the Miami offense desperately needs.
5) Hendon Hooker, Virginia Tech
When Hendon Hooker became the starting QB at Virginia Tech in Week 5, the Hokies offense took off. Only one team kept Virginia Tech under 28 points with Hooker in charge of the offense, and that was a 21-20 loss at Notre Dame.
Hooker is playing behind a sneaky good offensive line, which should the Hokies a better running game than in recent years. That should allow Hooker to flourish, and he was already pretty good last year totally nearly 2000 yards passing and running in just 8 games.