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Drake Maye was disappointed that UNC didn’t win again, but he hasn’t lost any confidence

Drake Maye has spent time with Philip Rivers and Eli Manning, trying to figure out if he wants to be an NFL quarterback.

In fact, Manning has become something of a mentor for the North Carolina quarterback.

“A big fan,” Maye said Friday. “Eli would probably say he’s probably seen me too many times. I’ve been following him. It’s always on Zooms. I think the biggest thing is just a sponge soaking it all in. I don’t have all the answers. I know Not all of them. Because I was there with Eli and David Morris, and trained with him there in Alabama, he was his backup at Ole Miss, so just kind of a little world of connections and just trying to soak it all in.”

Maye is one of the top quarterback prospects and is expected to go early on draft day. He threw for 7,929 passing yards and 62 touchdowns as the Tar Heels’ starter over the past two seasons.

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However, UNC went just 9-5 in 2022 and then 8-5 in 2023 despite finishing 10th at one point. The Tar Heels also lost the bowl game the past two years.

Maye admits she is disappointed that she could achieve better results.

“Yeah, I think that’s the most important thing,” Maye said. “I think the biggest stat for quarterbacks is wins and losses. I had a couple of plays at the end of the game where I could have made a few more plays to impact the win column. At the same time, I wouldn’t do that.” I’m not redoing anything. I put it all out there and left it all there.”

He insists he has not lost confidence despite the results.

“Kind of a learning experience,” Maye said. “At the end of the day, you have to go back out there and make one play and just have confidence in myself.”

Maye could sit as a rookie, something he did behind Sam Howell in North Carolina. Whatever the team that drafts him wants, he is all in.

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“I think it’s something that I think would be an advantage,” Maye said of not starting right away as a rookie. “There’s always two sides to it. It can be a huge help. You see guys who it works for, like Jordan Love. In some cases you see guys like C.J. [Stroud] can be immediately successful. Whatever they think, I’m ready for both sides. I’m ready to go in there and compete and be the starter. Obviously I’m going to take that [starter] anyway, but at the same time I know these guys are getting paid a lot of money to make these decisions.”

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