Top 6 QBs in the ACC

A closer look at the top six quarterbacks in the ACC entering the 2008 season. And honestly, there just isn't much to talk about in a positive way after that.

#1. Cullen Harper (6-4,220) - CLEMSON
Now a red-shirt senior, Harper is hoping to lead the Tigers to an ACC Championship in 2008 after throwing for over 2,900 yards and 27 touchdowns a year ago. Also has three of the ACC's top offensive weapons on his side in James Davis, C.J. Spiller and Aaron Kelly. He can make all the throws and seems to have mastered coordinator Rob Spence's offense to perfection. A favorable schedule could lead to even bigger numbers for the Georgia native this season.

#2. Riley Skinner (6-1,200) - WAKE FOREST
Skinner was named the ACC's Rookie of the Year as a freshman, edging out Clemson's C.J. Spiller and he also led the nation in completion percentage (72 percent) as a sophomore. One of the more underrated quarterbacks in the nation- and he's only a junior and he's also extremely accurate throwing on the run. Needs to improve his TD-INT ratio this year (12-13 in 2007) or could be passed by FSU's Drew Weatherford in the ACC QB pecking order. Losing WR Kenneth Moore (98 catches, 1,011 yards) won't help.

#3. Drew Weatherford (6-3,216) - FLORIDA STATE
Was one of the top quarterbacks in the country in interception avoidance last year- throwing just three compared to nine touchdowns. Also completed 57 percent of his passes for just over 2,000 yards. Will need help on the offensive line this year but should put up the best numbers of his career in the second year of Jimbo Fisher calling the shots. He'll also have two of the top receivers in the league to throw to in Greg Carr and Preston Parker.

#4. Thaddeus Lewis (6-2,190) - DUKE
Lewis should put up huge numbers this season playing for new head coach David Cutcliff, who is considered one of the top quarterback coaches around after coaching Peyton and Eli Manning during his time in the SEC. Last year Lewis wasn't bad for the 1-10 Devils- throwing for 2,430 yards and 21 touchdowns versus just 10 interceptions. He'll get his top receiver back in Eron Riley but imagine what he could on a team with a reasonable amount of talent?

#5. Sean Glennon (6-4,223) - VIRGINIA TECH
It's a bit of a reach, but there isn't much more experienced talent returning in the ACC this season. His numbers last year were respectable in helping lead the Hokies to an ACC Championship - almost 1,800 yards passing, 12 touchdowns against just five interceptions. Also completed 61 percent of his passes. The more mobile Tyrod Taylor also performed well last season and will receive snaps this year. The combination of the two gives Virginia Tech two respectable options.

#6. T.J. Yates (6-3,210) - NORTH CAROLINA
After Yates, there aren't many proven commodities in the league, and calling Yates "proven" is a stretch. Last season he threw 14 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and seemingly got worse as the year went on. Still, North Carolina should show significant improvement in year two of the Butch Davis regime, and Yates will have Hakeem Nicks, Brooks Foster and Brandon Tate to throw to. Sure, you could make the argument for Maryland's Chris Turner to go in this spot- but do you really want to?

NOTE: While the quarterback position is far from glamorous in the ACC in terms of experienced signal callers, there is a wealth of incoming new talent expected to see playing time. Among the names to keep an eye on are N.C. State's Mike Glennon (freshman), Boston College's Chris Crane (senior), North Carolina's Mike Paulus (freshman) and Miami's Robert Marve (freshman). Top Stories