Is UNC Football QB Drake Maye related to Luke Maye, Mark Maye?

Drake Maye is entering his first season as UNC football’s quarterback, but Tar Heels fans want to know if he’s related to Luke Maye and Mark Maye.

Just before the UNC Football Opener against Florida A&M in Week 0, Drake Maye was named the starting quarterback for the Tar Heels. The redshirt freshman was a touted recruit and won the job after a tough fight at fall camp.

But as he took the field, Tar Heels fans couldn’t help but notice the familiar last name.

More specifically, it was a natural question to wonder if he was related to some famous UNC athletes.

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The answer is a definitive yes.

The Maye family has a strong heritage in Chapel Hill and Drake Maye is a part of it. His brother is Luke Maye, who was a star of the Tar Heels basketball team. Meanwhile, his father, Mark Maye, was also the starting quarterback for the football team.

Now that the redshirt freshman has been tapped as a starter for the 2022 season, he, family and fans are hoping he adds another illustrious chapter to Maye’s legacy in North Carolina.

Luke Maye UNC basketball career

As previously mentioned, Luke was a standout player on the UNC basketball team during his time. He was a leader on several teams and a key figure in the 2017 national championship run. His game-winner against Kentucky in the Elite Eight is an iconic moment in Tar Heels history.

He averaged a double-double in his junior and senior seasons in North Carolina before going undrafted by the NBA in 2019. Maye is currently playing professionally in Spain.

Mark Maye UNC football career

Old school North Carolina fans will remember Mark Maye when he was the starting quarterback for UNC in 1986 and 1987. He wasn’t exactly a standout, but he was unforgettable as he threw for 3,000 yards, 20 touchdowns and 22 interceptions while also leading the Heels to the Aloha Bowl and a 7-4-1 overall record in the 1986 season. The 5 -6 campaign the following year was more likely to be forgotten.

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John Verrall

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