This wasn't the plan.
Now, heading into Week 11, it adds up to this: Georgia Tech's Tevin Washington will become the eighth ACC quarterback to make his starting debut this year. He joins Miami's Stephen Morris, BC's Chase Rettig, Duke's Sean Renfree, Maryland's Danny O'Brien, and everyone on Wake's roster (well, ok, not everyone, but Ted Stachitas, Skylar Jones, and Tanner Price.)
Rettig, Morris and Price are all true freshmen. Brandon Connette, a backup quarterback who has seen significant playing time at Duke, is also a true freshman. Backup E.J. Manuel could start this weekend against Clemson at Ponder's expense, and Clemson backup Tajh Boyd has also seen some time this year.
While their youth an inexperience has accounted for some bumps along the way, the valuable reps now could bode well for the future of the position in the conference.