No, the schedule hasn’t been what one might call arduous, but Ryan Finley has made the most of his opportunity for the Wolfpack this season. Through three games he’s yet to throw an interception, and according to Pro Football Focus, he’s been one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC.
Top graded ACC quarterbacks so far— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 21, 2016
1. Lamar Jackson, UL
2. Mitch Trubisky, UNC
3. Ryan Finley, NC State
4. Deshaun Watson, CLEM pic.twitter.com/k5FPT55KD7
Finley and Trubisky are the only primary starters in the ACC who haven’t yet thrown a pick. Finley leads the league in completion percentage at 76.3 and is second to Jackson in passer rating. He’s also fourth in yards per pass attempt at 8.9.
His play put a quick end to the quarterback battle that I feared would drag on for weeks—I don’t think we could have reasonably asked him to play any better than he has up to this point. And I don’t think anybody would have guessed he’d start this fast, but his experience with Eli Drinkwitz’s offense seems to have paid off.
If he can maintain his consistent, effective play against the better teams in the Atlantic Division, then we’ll really be on to something.