ACC quarterback battles continue as season openers loom
AUG 22, 2014 5:55p ET
College football is not all about quarterback play. But we've seen its importance, particularly over the last decade or so. And if it's the most important position on the field, then the ACC is going to be in for a lot of uncertainty this season.
Jameis Winston (Florida State), Anthony Boone (Duke) and Terrel Hunt (Syracuse) return as starters for their teams, but there are no other returning starters in the ACC who are sure bets to keep their jobs right now.
Even Boone and Winston face uncertainty behind them. At Duke, backup Brandon Connette left the program after the spring, leaving the Blue Devils without the offensive wrinkle he provided. At Florida State, backup Jacob Coker transferred to Alabama or his final year as a graduate student.
As fall camp winds down, though, starting jobs are being won and backups are being established, in some cases, across the ACC. Time is running out, so let's take a look at where the ACC schools are in terms of their various quarterback situations with game week approaching.
The starter: Tyler Murphy, the graduate student transfer from Florida. Head coach Steve Addazio worked with him when he was on the Gators' staff, and he knows what Addazio wants to do on offense. He probably won't be spectacular, but he'll be just fine.
Others: Redshirt freshman James Walsh was supposed to be the backup, but he left the team at the start of camp. The only other two quarterbacks are true freshmen, Troy Flutie (yes, a member of that Flutie family) and Darius Wade, who's thought to be the quarterback of the future after Murphy's one year on campus.
The starter: Cole Stoudt, redshirt senior. He's patiently waited his turn throughout Tajh Boyd's illustrious career, and that patience has paid off. He has a talented freshman waiting in the wings behind him, but it will likely be his job unless he plays so poorly that his head coach Dabo Swinney has no choice.