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North Carolina Betting: Which Tar Heel State Quarterbacks Are Poised for a Big Year?

Skyler Carlin
Skyler Carlin@skyler_carlin
North Carolina Betting: Which Tar Heel State Quarterbacks Are Poised for a Big Year?

The transfer portal has become a popular way for college football programs throughout the country to replenish their rosters after players graduate or leave for the NFL. At the quarterback position, the transfer portal has also become an avenue for prospects to extend their chances of being a starter in the college ranks.

In the state of North Carolina, we've seen just that as a few of the college teams within the Tar Heel state have made changes at quarterback via the transfer portal.

As such, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering NC Specials markets that are unique to North Carolina where you can wager on some of the quarterbacks who play for the top colleges in North Carolina -- namely Max Johnson, Maalik Murphy, Grayson McCall and Hank Bachmeierto -- throw a certain amount of touchdowns.

Of the new faces at quarterback for colleges in North Carolina, which ones are set up for the most success in 2024? Let's take a look at the incoming transfer quarterbacks for the programs in North Carolina and discuss which ones could throw for a decent number of touchdowns next season.

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North Carolina Betting

Specials Markets for Tar Heel State QBs

Players to Throw 20+ Passing TDs in 2024
Odds
Max Johnson-165
Maalik Murphy-110
Grayson McCall-110
Hank Bachmeier+180
Players to Throw 25+ Passing TDs in 2024
Odds
Max Johnson+170
Maalik Murphy+230
Grayson McCall+230
Hank Bachmeier+460
Players to Throw 30+ Passing TDs in 2024
Odds
Max Johnson+460
Maalik Murphy+650
Grayson McCall+650
Hank Bachmeier+1000

North Carolina Specials Best Bets

Player to Throw 25+ Passing Touchdowns: Maalik Murphy (+230)

According to 247sports, Maalik Murphy was a four-star recruit out of high school before he joined the Texas Longhorns in 2022. But with Quinn Ewers returning as the starting signal-caller for the Longhorns in 2024, Murphy elected to enter the transfer portal where he has made the move to the Duke Blue Devils.

Murphy, a 6-foot-5, strong-armed quarterback, will be replacing Riley Leonard, who has transferred to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this offseason. During the 2023 campaign, Murphy made two starts at Texas when Ewers missed time, totaling 418 passing yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in those two starts.

Under new head coach Manny Diaz, Murphy is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Blue Devils in 2024 despite his lack of experience. With Duke's starting receivers from a season ago -- Jordan Moore and Jalon Calhoun -- currently set to return, Murphy has a chance to have a solid campaign.

Player to Throw 25+ Passing Touchdowns: Grayson McCall (+230)

There isn't much value in taking any of the quarterbacks to toss 20-plus touchdowns, so we'll take another notable transfer to throw for 25-plus touchdowns at +230 odds. After spending five seasons playing for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Grayson McCall transferred to the North Carolina State Wolfpack this offseason.

McCall was the starting quarterback at Coastal Carolina in each of the last four seasons before suffering a head injury in 2023 that cut short his final season with the program. The experienced signal-caller recorded 24-plus passing touchdowns -- including two years of 26-plus passing touchdowns -- for three straight years before finishing with only 10 passing touchdowns last season due to limited playing time.

The former Chanticleer has proven he's capable of throwing 25-plus touchdowns when he's healthy. While McCall will be playing in a new environment in 2024, he's expected to have Kevin Concepcion -- who registered 839 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 2023 -- back as the Wolfpack's No. 1 receiver.

Player to Throw 30+ Passing Touchdowns: Max Johnson (+460)

Replacing Drake Maye is going to be easier said than done for the North Carolina Tar Heels as he is projected to be a top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Upon entering the transfer portal, Max Johnson announced he'd be transferring to North Carolina from the Texas A&M Aggies for the 2024 campaign.

Johnson began his collegiate career playing for the LSU Tigers before transferring to Texas A&M in 2022. The left-handed quarterback -- and son of former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson -- threw for 27 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 2021 at LSU before accruing just 12 passing touchdowns in two years at Texas A&M.

Since Mack Brown returned as the head coach of the Tar Heels in 2019, the likes of Sam Howell and Maye have logged 30-plus passing touchdowns in three of the last five seasons. With Johnson flashing potential in the SEC and joining a quarterback-friendly offense at North Carolina, there's a scenario where he throws 30-plus touchdowns in 2024.


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