UNC Football: Drake Maye stars in first college start
In his first collegiate start, redshirt freshman Drake Maye left little doubt that he should be the UNC football program’s starting quarterback.
Drake Maye definitely did not disappoint in his first college start.
The redshirt freshman completed 29 of his 37 pass attempts for 294 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed the ball four times for 55 yards en route to leading the UNC football program to a season-opening victory over Florida A&M.
With his performance, Maye made UNC football history, as he became the first quarterback to throw for five touchdowns in his first career start.
Drake Maye is the first UNC QB to throw 5 touchdown passes in his first career start. pic.twitter.com/5oYwOKswIz
— Carolina Football (@UNCFootball) August 28, 2022
Maye did a lot of good things in his debut, as he showcased just what type of quarterback he could be. Not only could he beat you with his arm, but can also improvise with his legs as well. He made smart decisions in the pocket and wasn’t afraid to run when he had to.
The Huntersville, North Carolina native also spread the ball extremely well, as he connected with 10, yes 10, different receivers. Of course, he found a way to get standout wide receiver Josh Downs involved early and often but didn’t shy away from going to other options if need be.
Social media was buzzing, as many people raved about Maye’s performance. Former UNC football standout Sam Howell was also tuned in, as he joined in to compliment his successor’s starting debut.
Talk to me Drakko! 5 in the debut 👀👀👀👀 Special.
— Sam Howell (@Sam7Howell) August 28, 2022
Yes, we know it’s only one game, but you have to be very impressed with what we saw from Drake Maye on Saturday night in Chapel Hill. He certainly proved that the Tar Heels made the right decision to give him the nod as the team’s starting quarterback.
The excitement should be high, as Drake Maye has the potential to be a special player for the UNC football program over the next couple of years.
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