The ACC has introduced a total of five new starting quarterbacks this year, and four of them play in the Atlantic Division -- including two at Wake Forest.
Their play will be important this weekend, as Boston College freshman Chase Rettig is expected to play at Florida State, Wake Forest's Tanner Price is coming off a record-setting performance in a loss to Navy and Maryland freshman Danny O'Brien should see playing time at Clemson. (Wake's Ted Stachitas and Duke's Sean Renfree have also earned their first career starts this year.) Terps coach Ralph Friedgen has not said who will start this week in Death Valley, as Jamarr Robinson is also healthy.
"Well, both will play," Friedgen said. "We haven't decided on who will start yet, but both will play."
Boston College has had the most difficulty with the position, but so far Rettig has managed the offense the best in the limited snaps he saw against Notre Dame before he injured his ankle.
"You know," coach Frank Spaziani said, "when you have an unsettled QB situation, everything is unsettled."
It won't get any easier against a Florida State defense that for the past three weeks has led the nation in sacks. Wake's Price will also face a more difficult challenge this week -- playing in Lane Stadium against a continuously improving Hokies defense.
In the 28-27 loss to Navy last week, Price broke every school record for single-game passing by a true freshman. In addition, he became the youngest player in school history to pass for over 300 yards in a game. His 53 attempts also marked the most pass attempts in a game by a Deac without throwing an interception.
"He showed as much improvement as any kid I've had in any of my programs in a week's time," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said. "He missed the Florida State game and came out Saturday just played great. I thought he had good pocket presence. He came out of a couple of good pockets.
"But when he did have a pocket collapse, I thought he showed some composure, and moving around and trying to keep the play alive and finding checkdowns. You know, just in literally a week's time, [he] improved as much as any kid that I've seen in that short of time."
All of them, though, haven't had much choice but to learn quickly.