The ACC could have bolstered quarterback play in 2017 and it could be thanks in part to the addition of a pair of high-level transfers.
Pitt added former USC quarterback Max Browne, while UNC was the landing spot for former LSU signal caller Brandon Harris. Both players landed on Yahoo! Sports’ list of the top 20 impact college football transfers for the 2017 season.
Browne, who was the starter at USC going into the 2016 season, was the highest-placed ACC transfer on the list as he checked in as the No. 10 impact transfer.
On Browne:”If your memory gets foggy going through the 2016 season, Browne was the starting quarterback at USC to begin the year, not Sam Darnold. The Trojans went 1-2 to start the season and Browne never started again as Darnold became one of the better quarterbacks in the country. Now Browne has a chance to replace Nathan Peterman in a Pitt offense that was quite productive. But in addition to replacing Peterman, the Panthers also have to replace RB James Connor and offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who left for LSU. Shawn Watson will now run the Pitt offense.”
Harris came next, as the No. 14 impact transfer after he departed from LSU and picked North Carolina over a host of suitors.
On Harris: “The former prized recruit leaves the high expectations at LSU to go to North Carolina … where he will succeed a guy who went No. 2 in the NFL draft. No pressure, Brandon. UNC is an ideal landing spot for Harris. He should slide into an uptempo offense that could better suit his talents than an LSU offense that didn’t exactly play fast. But Harris needs to fix his accuracy issues if he’s going to match the production Mitch Trubisky had in 2016.
The ACC also had a third player on the list, as Miami cornerback Dee Delaney made his way into the highly regarded transfers list.
On Delaney: “Delaney is the only FCS-to-FBS transfer on our list. A former All-American player at The Citadel, Delaney will play his final season at Miami after a graduate transfer. Delaney was one of the best defensive backs in FCS in 2016 with six interceptions. Don’t be surprised if he becomes a Week 1 starter for Miami.”