ACC Quarterback Rankings: Can Anyone Knock Russell Wilson from the Top?

Isaiah ClarkCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2010

ACC Quarterback Rankings: Can Anyone Knock Russell Wilson from the Top?

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    There were plenty of marquee matchups last week where some QB’s had the opportunity to raise their stock, but instead they faltered, which put them further behind Russell Wilson.

    Wilson didn’t have his best game of the season but he still threw for over 350 yards and added three more touchdowns to his league leading total (14). Not to mention he is the leading passer in the ACC and the third-leading passer in the country with 1,474 yards.

    A lot of QB’s are lurking behind him but none of them have made quite the push to dethrone him from the top of the ACC.

    The QB’s will have another opportunity to improve their stock this weekend with quite a few big games. Florida State at Miami will be the biggest game of the weekend and could have huge implications on who will be playing in the ACC Championship at the end of the season.

    Can anyone knock Wilson off his throne, or will he stay there for another week?

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12. Tanner Price, Wake Forest (Last Week: 12)

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    Price was unable to play due to the concussion he suffered against Florida State the week before. He is still slated as the starting QB, especially since Wake Forest went through three of them in their loss to Georgia Tech.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 48.2

    PYDS- 305

    TD- 3

    INT- 3

    RYDS- 154

    TD- 2

11. QB By Committee, Boston College (Last Week: 11)

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Mike Marscovetra #16 of the Boston College Eagles scrambles with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 25, 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Virginia Tech defe
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    First they thought Dave Shinskie was going to be their go-to guy and he didn't exactly pan out. Then true freshman Chase Rettig gets the start against Notre Dame and suffers an injury. Mike Marscovetra was next and he looked just like Shinskie, throwing interceptions in big moments of the game.

    There's no telling who will be starting this week at N.C. State, not like it matters or anything because this offense has struggled all season.

    Cumulative Season Stats

    PCT- 56.1

    PYDS- 886

    TD- 7

    INT- 6

    RYDS- -75

    TD- 0

10. Danny O'Brien, Maryland (Last Week: 10)

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    O'Brien got another crack to impress Ralph Friedgen and stake his claim as the starting QB for the rest of the season. I don't think he helped his cause, going 9-for-26 and 172 yards against Duke.

    Jamarr Robinson should expect to be inserted back into the starting role once he's cleared to play, and the extra week off will help those chances.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 50.8

    PYDS- 499

    TD- 6

    INT- 0

    RYDS- 1

    TD- 0

9. Marc Verica, VIrginia: (Last Week: 7)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Marc Verica #6 of the Virginia Cavaliers drops back to pass against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 17-14.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Gett
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    Verica had a chance to make a name for himself and help his team upset the Seminoles, but was unable to get the job done. 

    He finished 14-for-30 for 211 yards and threw two costly interceptions when they were driving in Florida State territory. The highlight of his game was connecting with Kris Burd on a 76-yard touchdown.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 57.3

    PYDS- 908

    TD- 6

    INT- 3

    RYDS- -58

    TD- 0

8. Sean Renfree, Duke (Last Week: 9)

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    DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Sean Renfree #19 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to throw a pass against the Army Black Knights during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Image
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Renfree is only a sophomore playing for Duke and he's the fourth-leading passer in the country.

    Talk about ironic, who would have guessed that the fourth-leading passer in the country would hail from Duke? I know I never imagined that in my wildest dreams.

    Last week he went 28-for-56 with 351 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 58.7

    PYDS- 1464

    TD- 10

    INT- 9

    RYDS- -29

    TD- 0

7. Joshua Nesbitt, Georgia Tech (Last Week: 8)

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Joshua Nesbitt #9 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets throws a pass against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Get
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    It's about time Nesbitt won the game with his arm instead of his legs. Maybe he can throw the ball or it could be that Wake Forest has an awful defense. My guess is the awful defense.

    Either way he finished 11-for-21 with 130 yards and two touchdowns while adding 72 yards on the ground.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 39.1

    PYDS- 446

    TD- 5

    INT- 1

    RYDS- 434

    TD- 6

6. Kyle Parker, Clemson (Last Week: 4)

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Kyle Parker #11 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Parker looked like he was still feeling the affects of the game against Auburn. 

    He had a tough time with Miami's defense and it didn't help that his receivers dropped six passes. He finished the game 14-for-33 with 149 yards and three interceptions.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 52.7

    PYDS- 552

    TD- 6

    INT- 4

    RYDS- -26

    TD- 0

5. Jacory Harris, Miami (Last Week: 3)

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes passes the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Even though they won the game against Clemson, Harris looked out of sync. He threw four touchdowns but also threw two interceptions along with plenty of questionable decisions.

    His numbers should be much better with arguably the best wide receivers in the ACC.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 57.1

    PYDS- 895

    TD- 10

    INT- 8

    RYDS- -19

    TD- 0

4. T.J. Yates, North Carolina (Last Week: 6)

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25:  T.J. Yates #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drops back against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on September 25, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
    Andrew Burton/Getty Images

    Yates has been consistent all year with not many weapons at the receiving position. 

    He continued that type of play against ECU last week, where he went 18-for-26, 181 yards, and two touchdowns. This guy is starting to become the dark horse of the ACC QB's.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 68.3

    PYDS- 1006

    TD- 7

    INT- 1

    RYDS- -42

    TD- 1

3. Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (Last Week: 5)

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Virginia Tech Hokies calls out the play in the first quarter against the Boston College Eagles on September 25, 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    He helped Virginia Tech pull off a miraculous come from behind win at N.C. State last weekend.

    In the comeback he finished with 244 yards of total offense (123 pass, 121 rush), three touchdowns, and one interception.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 61.6

    PYDS- 869

    TD- 8

    INT- 3

    RYDS- 322

    TD- 0

2. Christian Ponder, Florida State (Last Week: 2)

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    NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Ge
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    He hasn't made many mistakes this season, but he also hasn't made any big passes like he did last year. That shoulder is giving him more problems than he wants most people to believe and I don't care what he says about it.

    The Miami game could be the defining moment of his season.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 60.5

    PYDS- 844

    TD- 8

    INT- 3

    RYDS- 108

    TD- 2

1. Russell Wilson, N.C. State (Last Week: 1)

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    RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  Russell Wilson #16 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bearcats during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 16, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Wilson and N.C. State suffered their first loss of the season against Virginia Tech.

    He finished 21-for-49 with 362 yards and three touchdowns along with three interceptions. He's the leading passer in the ACC and the third-leading passer in the country.

    Season Stats

    PCT- 55.5

    PYDS- 1474

    TD- 14

    INT- 4

    RYDS- 121

    TD- 1


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