UNC Names Former Alabama Recruit Starting QB

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The UNC Tar Heels have their starting quarterback.

Head coach Mack Brown announced that Drake Maye will open the season as QB1 for the Tar Heels, according to On3. The veteran head coach also said Jacolby Criswell might see time under center.

UNC plays Florida A&M this upcoming Saturday night to get the 2022 season underway.

Drake Maye wins UNC’s starting QB job. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Coming out of high school, Maye was a four star recruit and the 56th-ranked recruit in the class of 2021 on 247Sports.

Originally, Maye was committed to play for Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa but de-committed back in March 2020.

He then landed in Chapel Hill to play for Mack Brown.

UNC names redshirt freshman Drake Maye starting quarterback. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Last season, the redshirt freshman threw for 89 yards on 7/10 passing with one touchdown. He also rushed for 62 yards on six carries. That’s a very impressive average of 10.3 yards per carry.

Drake Maye named UNC starting QB. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Now, Drake Maye will get a lot more reps as the starting quarterback of the UNC Tar Heels. Expectations are high, and fans will get their first look at him as QB1 Saturday night.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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