Following a long offseason position battle, Drake Maye will be the starting quarterback in the North Carolina football team’s season opener against Florida A&M on Saturday, head coach Mack Brown confirmed at a Monday press conference.
"He earned the job," Brown said. "We looked at every little thing from spring into today."
Maye came to Chapel Hill as a highly-touted four-star prospect in the 2021 class after decommitting from Alabama. He redshirted his first season, yet still earned playing time in the Tar Heels’ 34-14 win over Wofford last November, where he completed seven of nine passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Notably, Maye is the son of Mark Maye – the Tar Heels’ starting quarterback during the 1986-87 seasons. He is also the younger brother of Luke Maye, who was an All-American on the men’s basketball team.
After a season on the sideline, Maye will have an opportunity to lead a high-powered offense coached by offensive coordinator Phil Longo.