National Quarterback Situations 2015

SEC West:

Alabama – Who knows? Alec Morris is supposedly in the lead over Jacob Coker. I wonder if by now Coker wishes he had remained at Florida State? There was talk of David Cornwell, a redshirt freshman, making a move here. But, for now, it appears as if junior Alec Morris may be the guy. We will find out for sure on Saturday.

Auburn – Jeremy Johnson is the starter and expect huge things out of him in 2015 with this offense.

Ole Miss – To be determined. Chad Kelly or DeVante Kincaide, or Ryan Buchanan are the

competitors. Chad Kelly transferred to Ole Miss by way of Clemson and a Junior College. Buchanan may lead the competition and there is a reason why Kelly transferred out of Clemson. Sorry, Ole Miss fans, but he’s apparently not on the same playing field as his legendary uncle. This is another battle that we will know on opening day and it may change throughout the year.

Miss State – Dak Prescott, no mystery here. If I were Miss State head coach Dan Mullen who is a very likable fella, I would do my best to develop Prescott’s replacement in 2015 instead of waiting. But, no college football coaches will do that and I will never understand it.

Texas A%M – Kyle Allen beat out true freshman Kyler Murray. I’m not sure that holds up long term and if it does, look for a transfer. These young Quarterbacks today want to start from day one.

Arkansas – Brandon Allen, and he is probably the most improved Quarterback in the SEC.

LSU – Brandon Harris has been named the starter over last year’s Anthony Jennings. Some people have predicted LSU makes the championship game of the playoffs so Harris will need to come through big time. He has some talented Wide Receivers to be blunt, and a lot of other super talents on his offense.


Georgia – Greyson Lambert, the transfer from Virginia has been named the starter over Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta.

Tennessee – Joshua Dobbs, no controversy here. Dobbs is the man and led the Vols to big things late in the season. The Vols and the Pigs are the most improved teams in the SEC.

South Carolina – Connor Mitch has been named the starter over Perry Orth, Michael Scarnecchia and Lorenzo Nunez. But, fans of the game know Steve Spurrier as well as I do and that can change with one bad pass. Look for Nunez to be the Quarterback of the future in Columbia.

Missouri – Maty Mauk and he should be more seasoned in 2015.

Kentucky – Patrick Towles started last year and had to win it again over excellent young Quarterback Drew Barker. Laugh if you like, but Towles looks like an NFL career is in his future. The guy has an arm and is extremely athletic and could have what it takes. The Wildcats could be a tougher team to beat in 2015 with Mark Stoops and his improved roster.

Vanderbilt -Johnny McCrary, Wade Freebeck and Kyle Shurmur are battling it out. I expect McCrary to start, but nothing has been announced.

Florida – Will Grier maybe, or Treon Harris, will start for the Gators. Long term, I expect Grier to be the guy and Harris his back up. The Quarterback position has been a mess at Florida for a while.

Big 10


Ohio State – JT Barrett or Cardale Jones should start and maybe both will play. Both are exceptional Quarterbacks and could lead the Buckeyes to another championship. Both could also be Heisman candidates.

Michigan – To be determined, and we may not find out until Thursday night when they take the field against Utah. Shane Morris and Iowa transfer Jake Rudock are battling it out and I would think Rudock will be the guy. Morris was awful under previous coaching staff, but this is a new day and Harbaugh is an outstanding college coach. Anyone that doubts that needs to go back and study the game a bit and come back to talk about it. Michigan will be a force under Harbaugh, the only question is how long will it take?

Michigan State – Connor Cook is an All American candidate and a possible first round pick.

Penn State – Christian Hackenburg is definitely the guy here. After an excellent freshman year, Hackenburg was mediocre or worse at times as a sophomore. But, watch his film, the guy has the ability to be a top NFL player some day. Don’t snicker, watch film and read other expert opinions on the guy.

Maryland – Perry Hills has been named the starter. He beat out Caleb Rowe and the well traveled former Oklahoma State Quarterback Daxx Garman. Maybe Garman should transfer again to a smaller school.

Rutgers – Hayden Rettig, a transfer from LSU, has been named starter. I have followed Rettig since high school ball and he may have felt he got a raw deal in Baton Rouge. Regardless, he was a former 4 star recruit out of California. But, did he win the job by default? His competition was Chris Laviano who was suspended for game one. For Rutgers sake, I hope that is not the case.

Indiana – Last season, Hoosier Quarterback Nate Sudfeld was humming along until injury sidelined him. He is back this season and could have a huge year. He has the talent and could be a long shot NFL player.


Wisconsin -The previous coaching staff experimented with Tanner McEvoy, an outstanding athlete that can’t hit the side of a barn with his passes, as their starting Quarterback. In my opinion, that cost them their first game against LSU. Joel Stave started in 2013 and returned to starting duties in 2014 and will be the guy again in 2015 under new coach Paul Chryst.

Minnesota – Mitch Leidner returns as the Gopher starter with a year of experience under his belt.

Nebraska – Tommy Armstrong started a year ago and even with a new coach and a new offense, should remain the starter. But, Mike Riley could surprise us.

Iowa – The Hawkeyes lost starting Quarterback Jake Rudock to Michigan, but he was inconsistent at Iowa and might have lost his starting job to C.J. Beathard if he had stuck with the Hawkeyes. As it is, look for Beathard to remain the starter.

Northwestern – Redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson has been named the starter over senior Zach Oliver and sophomore Matt Alviti.

Purdue – Austin Appleby has been named the starter for the Boilermakers.

Illinois – What a mess this program is right now. Firing the head coach a week before the season started is just nuts. Wes Lunt should be the starter if he can stay healthy. Quarterback may be the least of their worries.

Pac 12


Oregon – Vernon Adams, the well documented transfer from Eastern Washington, has been named the starter. I was never impressed with Jeff Lockie, the other Oregon Quarterback, in any Spring Game or playing time I saw him in. Adams will need to prove he can do what he did at Eastern

Washington against the big boys. In his favor, defenses in the Pac 12 are not quite what they are in other conferences except for Stanford and maybe USC.

Stanford – Kevin Hogan again at Stanford and backed up by Ryan Burns mostly.

Washington – True freshman Jake Browning is rumored to be the starter. Junior Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman KJ Carta- Samuels were the other candidates. We may have to wait till opening night when they play on that blue turf of Boise State to find out for sure.

California – Jared Goff has already started 2 seasons and this could be his best.

Washington State – Does it really matter who the Quarterback is? Whoever starts, will throw for thousands of yards. Probably Luke Falk will be the guy.

Oregon State – The competition is between 3 freshmen. Seth Collins, Nick Mitchell and Marcus McMaryion have been running neck and neck. I liked Collins in the Spring, but supposedly McMaryion has made a move. This is another wait and see situation.


USC – Cody Kessler will be in his third season as a starter and could be a candidate for honors.

UCLA – Josh Rosen is a hot shot true freshman that has beaten out returning back up Jerry Neuheisel. Rosen, in my opinion, was one of the best high school Quarterbacks in the nation a year ago.

Arizona State – Mike Bercovici was the back up last season to Taylor Kelly and he threw for 1,000 yards in 2 games against the Bruins and the Trojans.

Arizona – Anu Solomon started as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and returns to start again.

Utah – Travis Wilson is back starting for the Utes.

Colorado – Sefo Liufau returns for his junior season.





Florida State – Everett Golson was announced as the starter today over Sean Maguire.

Clemson – Deshaun Watson is a sophomore with unlimited potential.

Louisville – They haven’t named a starter out of Reggie Bonnafon, Will Gardner and Kyle Bolin.

NC State – Jacoby Brissett is a solid starter for the Wolfpack and back for his senior year.

Boston College – Darrius Wade, a sophomore, is slated to start over some freshman named Flutie. Troy Flutie is the son of Darren Flutie and the nephew of Heisman winner Doug Flutie. Supposedly, Troy is 6 foot even so he is a giant compared to uncle Doug and has the same type of athleticism.

Wake Forest – John Wolford started as a freshman last year.

Syracuse – Terrel Hunt is the starter.



Georgia Tech – Justin Thomas is one of the greater  option Quarterback in recent history.

Duke – Thomas Sirk should start and is a tremendous athlete.

Virginia Tech – Michael Brewer is back for his senior year.

Miami – Brad Kaaya was fantastic as a true freshman. Hopefully, he will lead Miami back to relevance.

North Carolina – Marquise Williams will be a senior and is a talent.

Pittsburgh – Chad Voytik is back and was hot and cold a year ago.

Virginia – Since Greyson Lambert transferred to Georgia, Matt Johns has been named the starter.

Big 12:

TCU: Trevone Boykin is a star.

Baylor: Seth Russell moves into starting role.

Oklahoma: Walk-on Baker Mayfield is the new starter.

Oklahoma State: Sophomore Mason Rudolph is an up and coming star.

West Virginia: Skyler Howard has the starting role.

Texas: Tyrone Swoopes has been named the starter, but back up Jerrod Heard should play.

Kansas State: A battle is still going on between Jesse Ertz, Joe Hubener, Alex Delton and Johnathan Banks. Delton is a true freshman and Banks is a JC Transfer. Probably Ertz starts first game, but the Wildcats could struggle on offense in 2015.

Texas Tech:  Davis Webb or Patrick Mahones are in a battle for the starting role and neither has won it outright as of yet.

Iowa State: Sam Richardson

Kansas: Montell Cozart has been named starter and he has his work cut out for him.

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