There may not be another conference boasting as much quality in the signal caller department as the ACC this year. Eight out of the 12 teams have QBs returning from starting last year. The question is, will any of them succeed at the next level?
Of the starters, you can discount TJ Yates of North Carolina and Josh Nesbitt from Georgia Tech. Yates has never been consistent, and Nesbitt is in a system that rarely throws and is obsolete in the NFL.
Tyrod Taylor is an interesting case. He's fairly accurate and doesn't turn the ball over a ton, but is also a guy who likes to make plays with his feet, similar to his predecessors in the Vick brothers. More than likely his experience in the NFL will be as a wide receiver.
Jacory Harris has taken over in Miami and did well in his first full year as a starter. He threw for over 3,000 yards, completing nearly 60% of his passes. His 17 interceptions are a cause for concern.
Christian Ponder has an excellent skill set, and while the defense was often floundering last year and the backfield was inconsistent, one shining star for the Noles was Ponder.
With 14 TDs and seven picks thrown, Ponder finished completing nearly 69% of his passes. He should be drafted and given a shot to start in the NFL.
But perhaps there's one QB that gets overlooked. Most people outside of the ACC don't know the name Russell Wilson.
As the QB for NC State last year, Wilson set the NCAA mark for consecutive passes thrown without an INT (379). He threw for over 3,000 yards, tossing 31 TDs to just eleven INTs.
With the majority of his receivers returning, look for Wilson to turn more heads this season, and possibly become the most highly touted NFL prospect if he can get passed his small size (5-11, 201).