Drake Maye

American football player (born 2002)

American football player
Drake Maye
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Maye at Myers Park High School in 2018
No. 10 – New England Patriots
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (2002-08-30) August 30, 2002 (age 21)
Huntersville, North Carolina, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Myers Park (Charlotte, North Carolina)
College:North Carolina (2021–2023)
NFL draft:2024 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
  • New England Patriots (2024–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

Drake Lee Maye (born August 30, 2002) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels, where he was named the ACC Player of the Year in 2022 after leading the NCAA in total offense and setting the school season records for passing yards and touchdowns. Maye was selected third overall by the Patriots in the 2024 NFL draft.

Early life

Maye was born on August 30, 2002, in Huntersville, North Carolina.[1][2] He attended William A. Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina, and transferred after his freshman year to Myers Park High School in Charlotte, where he played football and basketball.[3] As a junior, he received All-Conference and All-District honors in basketball and was named The Charlotte Observer's 2019 male athlete of the year after throwing for a school-record 3,512 yards and 50 touchdowns en route to a conference championship appearance.[1][4][5] Maye was named a Under Armour All-American in 2020 despite being unable to play his senior season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Rated a four-star prospect, Maye committed to play college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide in July 2019 before flipping to North Carolina in March 2020.[6]

College career

As a redshirt in his freshman season for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Maye appeared in four games behind starter Sam Howell in 2021.[7] With Howell leaving for the NFL in 2022, Maye was named the starter prior to the season.[8] In the opening game against Florida A&M, Maye threw five touchdowns and became the first UNC quarterback to do so in his debut.[9] Maye would also record games with four or more total touchdowns against Appalachian State,[10] Notre Dame,[11] Virginia Tech,[12] Pittsburgh,[13] and Wake Forest.[14] He led the team to appearances in the 2022 ACC Championship Game and Holiday Bowl and was named the ACC Player of the Year after leading the NCAA in total offense with 5,019,[15] passing for school-records 4,321 yards and 38 touchdowns while rushing for 698 yards and 7 touchdowns.[16]

In the 2023 season, Maye threw for over 400 yards against Syracuse,[17] Miami,[18] and Campbell.[19] Maye was named second-team All-ACC after passing for 3,608 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 449 yards and nine touchdowns.[20] Maye declared for the 2024 NFL draft following the season.[21] He finished his career fifth in passing yards (8,018) and fourth in passing touchdowns (63) in UNC history.

Statistics

College statistics
Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yards Avg TD
2021 4 0 7 10 70.0 89 8.9 1 0 177.8 6 62 10.3 0
2022 14 14 342 517 66.2 4,321 8.4 38 7 157.9 184 698 3.8 7
2023 12 12 269 425 63.3 3,608 8.5 24 9 149.0 112 449 4.0 9
Career 30 26 618 952 64.9 8,018 8.4 63 16 154.1 302 1,209 4.0 16

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 4+38 in
(1.94 m)
223 lb
(101 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
9+18 in
(0.23 m)
All values from NFL Combine[22][23]

Maye was selected by the New England Patriots as the third quarterback and third overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft.[24] He was part of a group of six quarterbacks taken in the first round, tying a record set in the 1983 draft.[25] On May 28, 2024, Maye signed his rookie contract, a fully-guaranteed four-year deal worth $36.64 million, with a $23.47 million signing bonus.[26]

Personal life

Maye's father Mark played quarterback at North Carolina (UNC) in the 1980s prior to playing briefly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks.[1] He is the youngest of four brothers: Luke and Beau played basketball at UNC, with the former landing a buzzer beater in the Elite Eight en route to winning the 2017 national championship.[27] Another brother, Cole, was a pitcher on the Florida Gators baseball team that won the 2017 College World Series.[1] Maye grew up family friends with quarterback Mason Rudolph, as their fathers played together at UNC.[28] He is also good friends with Sam Howell, who preceded him as starting quarterback at UNC.[29]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Brugler, Dane. "The Beast: 2024 NFL Draft Guide" (PDF). The Athletic. pp. 5–6. Retrieved April 14, 2024.
  2. ^ Carboni, Nick (December 11, 2023). "UNC QB Drake Maye will not play in Duke's Mayo Bowl". WCNC.com. Retrieved April 26, 2024.
  3. ^ Krammer, Andrew (March 27, 2024). "Vikings' connection to QB Drake Maye goes way back with Josh McCown". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 31, 2024.
  4. ^ Zietlow, Alex (April 25, 2024). "Before NFL spotlight, Drake Maye was a Charlotte high school basketball 'assassin'". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved April 22, 2024.
  5. ^ Luck, Quierra (June 7, 2020). "UNC Commit Drake Maye Wins Observer Male Athlete of the Year". Athlon Sports. Retrieved April 22, 2024.
  6. ^ South, Hank (March 6, 2020). "Drake Maye de-commits from Alabama, flips to North Carolina". 247Sports. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  7. ^ "Wofford vs. North Carolina - Game Summary - ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  8. ^ Batten, Sammy (August 22, 2022). "UNC football names freshman Drake Maye starting QB". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved May 27, 2024.
  9. ^ Batten, Sammy (August 27, 2022). "Drake Maye, North Carolina football light up FAMU in season opener". fayobserver.com. The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved December 6, 2022.
  10. ^ Reed, Steve (September 3, 2022). "Maye's 5 TDs lift UNC over Appalachian State 63-61". Associated Press. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  11. ^ Sutton, Bob (September 24, 2022). "Pyne clicks as Notre Dame powers past North Carolina". Associated Press. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  12. ^ Doherty, Brennan (October 2022). "Maye's big day leads North Carolina past Virginia Tech 41-10". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  13. ^ Batten, Sammy. "How Drake Maye led UNC football to rally past Pitt, set path to ACC championship". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  14. ^ Batten, Sammy (November 11, 2022). "Drake Maye dazzles as UNC football beats Wake Forest, clinches ACC Championship berth". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  15. ^ "Total Yards Year-by-Year Leaders and Records". Sports Reference. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  16. ^ "UNC's Maye Selected as ACC Player of the Year". theACC.org. November 30, 2022. Retrieved April 21, 2024.
  17. ^ "No. 14 UNC drubs Syracuse 40-7 behind Maye's 4 total touchdowns". WTVD. October 7, 2023. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  18. ^ Baxley, Rodd (October 14, 2023). "First time in 100 years? UNC football matches record in win vs. Miami". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  19. ^ "Maye throws for 4 TDs as North Carolina rolls past Campbell 59-7". theACC.com. Associated Press. November 4, 2023. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  20. ^ "Atlantic Coast Conference Announces 2023 All-ACC Football Teams". theACC.com. November 28, 2023. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  21. ^ Smith, Adam (December 11, 2023). "Drake Maye Entering NFL Draft, Ending Sparkling UNC Career". 247Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2023.
  22. ^ "Drake Maye Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  23. ^ "2024 NFL Draft Scout Drake Maye College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  24. ^ Reiss, Mike (April 25, 2024). "Patriots select QB Drake Maye with No. 3 pick in NFL draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 26, 2024.
  25. ^ Alper, Josh (April 25, 2024). "Six quarterbacks in first round ties NFL record". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved April 30, 2024.
  26. ^ Kyed, Doug (May 28, 2024). "Patriots notes: QB Drake Maye signs rookie deal ahead of second week of OTAs". Boston Herald. Retrieved May 28, 2024.
  27. ^ Walker, Teresa (March 26, 2017). "UNC's Luke Maye hits last-second shot to beat Kentucky, book trip to Final Four". Boston.com. Associated Press. Retrieved April 22, 2024.
  28. ^ Nesbitt, Stephen J. (January 14, 2017). "'That's my boy!': The brotherly bond between Steelers QB Mason Rudolph and Tar Heels hero Luke Maye". The Athletic.
  29. ^ Marrero, Nathaniel (March 1, 2024). "Top QB Prospect Drake Maye Reveals 'Best Friend' Relationship with Commanders' Sam Howell". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 1, 2024.

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