UNC Football: Top 10 Tar Heels Quarterbacks All-Time

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No. 6 – Chris Keldorf, UNC (1996-97)

Chris Keldorf played football at North Carolina during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Although he split reps with fellow UNC quarterback Oscar Davenport, Keldorf managed to have an impressive college career at UNC in two seasons.

Keldorf has the fifth-highest career QBR (137.05), ranks eighth-highest career completion percentage (58.8%), tenth in career passing yards (3,795) and sixth in passing TDs (35).

Keldorf’s best season was in 1996. During this season, Keldorf completed 201 passes for 2,347 yards with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions.

In 1996, he ranked first in the ACC in pass completion percentage (59.5%), passing efficiency rating (137.3), adjusted passing yards per attempt (7.6 yards), passing touchdowns and total touchdowns (23 touchdowns). Keldorf broke Mike Thomas’s record for most pass completions in a season (201 in 1996).

Likewise, he set a record for most passing TDs in a season until the record was broken 15 years later (23 touchdowns in 1996). Due to all of these accomplishments, Keldorf was a first-team All-ACC quarterback for the Tar Heels during the 1996 football season.

In 1997, Keldorf did not achieve the same amount of individual success that he did in the previous season. His decline in production can be attributed mostly to injury and splitting reps with Oscar Davenport. Keldorf fractured his left ankle in the season finale against Duke in 1996.

Keldorf and Davenport led North Carolina to the school’s highest football ranking ever in 1997 when they were the overall No. 3 team in the nation.

The Tar Heels finished with an 11-1 record, with their lone loss coming to the Florida State Seminoles that season.