From Heisman or bust to intriguing non-Power 5 battles: The 25 tiers of college football QBs


In December, Bryce Young received the Heisman Trophy. He’ll be again at Alabama this school soccer season with an excellent likelihood to win one other.

On the Rose Bowl, C.J. Stroud — taking part in with out two future first-round NFL draft picks at receiver — threw for 573 yards and 6 touchdowns, setting himself up because the presumptive favourite to knock Younger off the Heisman throne.

In January, a former walk-on quarterback led Georgia to a nationwide championship, and in consequence, we at the moment are obligated to spend the following yr asking the age-old query: Is Stetson Bennett elite?

In February, Caleb Williams introduced that he’d comply with his former Oklahoma coach, Lincoln Riley, to USC, giving the Pac-12 one thing to be enthusiastic about for the primary time for the reason that George W. Bush administration.

This yr’s quarterback class must be a deep, proficient and ridiculously enjoyable crop. However why cease at simply the highest tier of QBs? We’re sifting by means of all 131 quarterback conditions (plus a number of extra, for good measure) in what’s the definitive, little doubt about it, inarguable rating of expertise that may undoubtedly show 100% correct at yr’s finish.

Tier 1: Heisman or bust (three gamers)

Ohio State‘s C.J. Stroud
USC’s Caleb Williams
Alabama’s Bryce Younger

Barring one thing catastrophic, it is truthful to say these three can safely e book their flights to New York for the Heisman ceremony now. Younger may change into simply the second participant in historical past to win a second Heisman after taking dwelling the {hardware} final yr. Stroud was a finalist in 2021, and had Williams been Oklahoma’s starter from Week 1, he might need been there, too. Williams bought his first begin in Week 7, and from that time on, these three mixed for an 89.3 Complete QBR with 90 whole touchdowns and simply 15 turnovers.

Tier 2: The Heisman ready room (three gamers)

NC State‘s Devin Leary
Utah‘s Cam Rising
Miami‘s Tyler Van Dyke

Faculty soccer’s QB Mount Rushmore (Mount Cross-more?) for 2022 remains to be ready on its fourth member, and these guys are finest poised to earn the spot.

Van Dyke was compelled into motion after D’Eriq King went down with an damage, and it took him a number of weeks to regulate. However in every of his ultimate six video games, Van Dyke threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns. The one different participant to try this vs. six straight Energy 5 foes within the playoff period was Joe Burrow in 2019. Stable firm.

Like Van Dyke, Rising did not open the yr as Utah’s starter, however as soon as he took over, he was excellent, ending simply shy of three,000 whole yards with 26 touchdowns whereas going 9-2 because the starter. The Utes scored 79 factors in these two losses, by the best way.

Does Leary belong right here? Some numbers counsel he is approach too excessive. He completed behind Max Duggan in passer ranking (157) and Adrian Martinez in Complete QBR (71.9). However take a look at a number of different stats and the case appears stable. Leary completed 2021 with 35 passing touchdowns and simply 5 picks, whereas racking up 3,433 yards by means of the air. Solely three different QBs have achieved that within the playoff period: Mac Jones, Marcus Mariota and Cody Kessler. Whether or not Leary finally appears extra like Jones and Mariota or Duggan and Martinez seemingly will rely upon how nicely he handles the now lofty expectations going through NC State in 2022.

Tier 2a: What’s a man gotta do to get some Heisman love round right here? (one participant)

Georgia’s Stetson Bennett

The dialogue surrounding Bennett — even after successful the nationwide championship final yr — has grown greater than tiresome. It is true that Bennett wasn’t a star recruit and would not have an elite arm and possibly would not have a severe NFL future. It is also true that he benefited from a genuinely nice protection that routinely put him in place to succeed. However Georgia’s offense was hardly laden with superstars final yr, and Bennett’s numbers — 3,000 yards, 30 touchdowns — communicate for themselves. On paper, a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton, a TV present a couple of paper firm in northeastern Pennsylvania and a tiered rating of 131 QB conditions should not work both, but right here we’re. Cease selecting Bennett aside and simply benefit from the experience.

Tier 3: Fairly … fairly good (eight gamers)

Virginia‘s Brennan Armstrong
Louisville‘s Malik Cunningham
Wake Forest‘s Sam Hartman
Tennessee‘s Hendon Hooker
Coastal Carolina‘s Grayson McCall
Purdue‘s Aidan O’Connell
Mississippi State‘s Will Rogers
ArkansasKJ Jefferson

In the event you’re nitpicking these guys, you merely don’t love enjoyable, however for the sake of it, every of those guys comes with some type of asterisk, be it lower-tier competitors (McCall), passer-friendly methods (Rogers), a checkered historical past of success (Hooker) or struggles in large video games (Hartman).

McCall accomplished 72% of his throws final yr and averaged an astonishing 11.76 yards per try. That is the very best common of any QB within the playoff period. … At instances, Cunningham has regarded just like the second coming of Lamar Jackson, the one real star on a irritating Louisville offense. He completed one passing TD shy of changing into the primary participant in FBS historical past with 20 dashing TDs and 20 passing TDs in the identical yr. … Hooker was all however pushed out the door at Virginia Tech after a disappointing 2020, solely to search out the perfect slot in Josh Heupel’s offense at Tennessee. Hooker, Cunningham and Stroud had been the one Energy 5 QBs final yr to whole 3,500 yards and 35 TDs with fewer than 10 turnovers. … Hartman had 50 touchdowns final season. That is the identical whole Younger had, and he received the Heisman. It is the identical whole Deshaun Watson had whereas main Clemson to the 2016 nationwide title and three greater than the ACC’s 2021 Heisman finalist, Kenny Pickett. … In his first three video games vs. Energy 5 foes in 2021, Jefferson accomplished a grand whole of 29 passes, simply two of which went for touchdowns. After that, nonetheless, he exploded. From Week 6 on, Jefferson caught fireplace, finishing 71% of his throws with 15 TD passes and simply two picks.

Solely two Energy 5 gamers accounted for 75% or extra of their staff’s whole offense final season — Rogers and Armstrong. Armstrong did it regardless of lacking 1.5 video games. For the yr, he totaled 4,700 yards and 40 touchdowns. Within the playoff period, 14 different Energy 5 QBs have achieved that, and solely Anthony Gordon and Younger have not gone on to begin an NFL sport. Rogers, in the meantime, appears to be an ideal match for Mike Leach’s offense. Final yr, he threw for 300 yards, accomplished 70% of his throws and had three passing TDs in eight video games — three greater than every other Energy 5 participant. There have been 35 400-yard passing video games by Energy 5 QBs final season, and Armstrong and Rogers accounted for practically one-third of them.

However probably the most fascinating title on this tier is likely to be O’Connell. There have been simply 5 gamers to submit a Complete QBR of 85 or higher final yr. Three are in our high tier. One other received the nationwide championship. The fifth participant is O’Connell. O’Connell completed with 3,708 passing yards and 28 touchdowns and accomplished practically 72% of his passes. Solely 4 different Energy 5 QBs who did not play for Leach hit these marks in a season in the course of the playoff period: Burrow, Jones, Stroud and Baker Mayfield.

Tier 4: Positively. Most likely. Possibly. (4 gamers)

UCLA‘s Dorian Thompson-Robinson
South Carolina‘s Spencer Rattler
Kentucky‘s Will Levis
Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel

The earlier tier was named after Larry David’s well-known catchphrase from “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; this one is extra reflective of the favored GIF from that present, through which David is visibly debating the professionals and cons of a call. Are these guys underrated? Overrated? Future NFL stars? Future XFL stars? Actually, we’re nonetheless making an attempt to resolve.

Rattler was benched at Oklahoma, however there is a cause he was projected as the very best QB in faculty soccer earlier than final season started, and a recent begin may rejuvenate his profession. … Levis’ general numbers had been robust (24 TD passes, 13 interceptions, 7.1 yards/dropback), however towards groups that completed the yr within the FPI high 40, he fared far worse (7 TDs, 6 INTs, 5.4 yards/dropback). … Thompson-Robinson lastly appeared to blossom right into a borderline star final season (Complete QBR of 79.0, 30 touchdowns), however he performed simply two video games towards FPI top-40 groups, so it is truthful to wonder if the numbers had been extra indicative of actual progress or a smooth schedule. … With Jeff Lebby as his OC in 2019, Gabriel racked up 33 touchdowns and greater than 3,700 yards as a freshman. He is reuniting with Lebby at Oklahoma this yr.

Tier 5: So sizzling proper now (six gamers, 5 jobs)

TexasQuinn Ewers and Hudson Card
Baylor‘s Blake Shapen
Florida‘s Anthony Richardson
Ole MissJaxson Dart
Washington State‘s Cameron Ward

Ward will likely be an interesting case. Final yr at FCS Incarnate Word, he threw for 47 touchdowns and practically 4,700 yards. May he be 2022’s Bailey Zappe after transferring to Washington State? The extent of competitors will likely be far harder (OK, effective, insert your Pac-12 joke right here), and the Cougars did not precisely look as in the event that they had been nonetheless working a Leach offense a yr in the past, so there are questions. However the upside is excessive.

Dart, Richardson and Shapen all provided glimpses of their potential final season. Dart threw for 391 yards and 4 TDs filling in for Kedon Slovis towards Washington State; Richardson had Florida followers begging for Emory Jones to be benched after a handful of early-season heroics; Shapen helped Baylor win the Massive 12 with three TD passes towards Oklahoma State filling in for injured Gerry Bohanon. The query going through all three is whether or not they can produce over the course of a full season.

Then there’s the battle at Texas, which options one of many highest-profile recruits in recent times (Ewers) and the man who began the Longhorns’ opener final yr earlier than taking place with an damage (Card). Each have large upside, and each will certainly be on the forefront of a really astounding variety of “Texas is again” jokes earlier than the 2022 season ends (with a loss to Indiana within the Assured Charge Bowl).

Tier 6: Simply keep wholesome (5 gamers, 4 jobs)

Pittsburgh‘s Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti
West Virginia‘s JT Daniels
Boise State‘s Hank Bachmeier

Boston College‘s Phil Jurkovec

Jurkovec regarded like a future first-round choose, however a hand damage interrupted his 2021 season, and although he returned to motion late, it was clear he wasn’t 100%. … Bachmeier missed all or a part of 10 video games in 2019 and 2020, however he lastly had a full season final yr and delivered on his immense potential (20 TD passes and three,080 yards). One purple flag, although: All 5 of Boise State’s losses got here by 9 or fewer factors. Six of Bachmeier’s eight interceptions got here in these video games. … Daniels was set to be the following nice USC QB (2,672 yards and 14 TDs as a freshman in 2018) earlier than shedding his job, attributable to an damage, to Slovis (3,502 yards and 30 TDs in 2019) who then handled accidents in 2021 and misplaced his job to Dart. Daniels transferred to Georgia, appeared to have the beginning job locked up getting into final season, however misplaced it attributable to damage once more, this time to Bennett. They’re each in new properties for 2022, and so they may lastly fulfill their promise if they’ll keep on the sector.

Tier 7: You won’t have observed, however they’re fairly good (5 gamers, 4 jobs)

Michigan‘s Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy
Kansas State‘s Adrian Martinez
Michigan State‘s Payton Thorne
Maryland‘s Taulia Tagovailoa

Martinez ended up because the face for Nebraska’s struggles, nevertheless it wasn’t remotely truthful. He was fairly good regardless of antagonistic circumstances. Working example: Martinez was pressured on 42% of his dropbacks final yr (most within the nation), however he nonetheless averaged 8.6 yards per dropback (fourth finest within the nation). … In three seasons as Michigan State’s starter, Kirk Cousins threw three touchdowns in a sport 9 instances. Thorne has hit that mark in six of his previous 14 video games. … Final season, Tagovailoa threw for 3,860 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaged 8 yards per move and accomplished 69% of his throws. Within the playoff period, the one different Massive Ten QBs to hit these marks are Dwayne Haskins and Stroud.

What to make of the Michigan QB scenario? McNamara led the Wolverines to the Faculty Soccer Playoff final season and have become the primary Michigan QB to beat Ohio State since Denard Robinson, a decade earlier. That he struggled towards Georgia’s protection within the Orange Bowl merely places McNamara in a protracted line of QBs who met their match towards the Bulldogs. But, it is unattainable to take a look at McCarthy’s expertise and never have visions of an excellent brighter future with a extra dynamic QB — one who would possibly finally be adequate to check even the hardest of defenses. Nonetheless, Michigan went the higher a part of a decade looking for only one respectable choice at QB, so maybe Wolverines followers should not be so fast to imagine they’ve two succesful starters now.

Tier 8: Greatest from exterior the Energy 5 (4 gamers)

Houston‘s Clayton Tune
Fresno State‘s Jake Haener
BYU‘s Jaren Hall
UTSA‘s Frank Harris

Haener was considered one of eight QBs to rack up greater than 4,000 yards of offense final season, and considered one of simply two exterior the Energy 5 (together with Zappe). … McCall, Corridor and Zappe had been the one quarterbacks exterior the Energy 5 to submit a better Complete QBR final season than Harris. … Corridor’s Complete QBR of 78.0 put him only a tick behind Zappe and forward of Hooker, Levis and Armstrong. … Tune is considered one of simply six returning QBs to have posted 30 passing TDs, 3,500 passing yards and not more than 10 interceptions final season.

Tier 9: Veterans with moxie (seven gamers, six jobs)

Penn State‘s Sean Clifford
Stanford‘s Tanner McKee
Minnesota‘s Tanner Morgan
Oklahoma State‘s Spencer Sanders
Florida State‘s Jordan Travis

Oregon State‘s Chance Nolan and Tristan Gebbia

Name them sport managers in the event you should. Their stats — and infrequently merely watching them run an offense — would help the idea. However final yr’s checklist of “sport managers” would possibly’ve additionally included guys like Hartman, Armstrong, Bennett and Hooker, and people gamers all blossomed into stars. Maybe there are one or two breakout candidates, too.

Clifford performed in 12 full video games final yr. His six finest performances had been glorious (67% completions, 16 TDs and three picks). In his six worst, not a lot (57% completions, 5 touchdowns and 5 picks). … Sanders in two video games vs. Baylor final season: one landing, seven interceptions. Sanders in his different 11 video games: 25 TDs and 5 picks. … Over the previous two seasons, the Seminoles have averaged 6.5 yards per play with Travis on the sector and 4.5 when he is off it. … In Morgan’s first 21 video games at Minnesota, he threw for 39 touchdowns with 13 picks and averaged 9.9 yards per move. Within the 20 video games since, he has thrown 17 TDs with 14 picks and averaged 7.9 yards per move. … McKee’s first 5 begins confirmed severe promise (65% completions, 7.2 yards/try, 11 TDs, 0 INTs, 7 sacks, 80.3 TQBR), and his ultimate 5 (with an damage combined in) advised Stanford’s offense is likely to be hopeless (5.8 yd/att, 4 TDs, 7 INTs, 17 sacks, 47.4 TQBR). In seven wins, Nolan threw 14 TDs and three picks with a 174 passer ranking. In six losses, he had 5 TDs, seven interceptions and a 127 passer ranking. Nolan solely bought the beginning job when Gebbia went down with damage, and Beavers coach Jonathan Smith insists beginning reps are nonetheless up for grabs.

Tier 10: Massive-time QB battles (12 gamers, 5 jobs)

Notre Dame‘s Tyler Buchner and Drew Pyne
LSU‘s Jayden Daniels and Myles Brennan
Texas A&M‘s Haynes King, Max Johnson and Conner Weigman
Washington‘s Michael Penix Jr., Dylan Morris and Sam Huard
North Carolina‘s Drake Maye and Jacolby Criswell

All 5 of those groups opened the season within the AP High 25 final yr. Solely Notre Dame completed with fewer than 4 losses. The Irish and UNC each had stable — if not all the time spectacular — QB play, however Jack Coan and Sam Howell have moved on. LSU, Texas A&M and Washington had been undone largely as a result of they could not discover anybody to generate some offense. All 5 groups have actual potential for 2022 if they’ll determine a burgeoning star at QB. There are ample choices, nevertheless it’s unattainable to say what number of will finally discover the appropriate reply.

Tier 11: Possibly that is the yr they put all of it collectively (5 gamers, 4 jobs)

Oregon‘s Bo Nix
Wisconsin‘s Graham Mertz
Georgia Tech‘s Jeff Sims
Clemson‘s D.J. Uiagalelei and Cade Klubnik

Nix, Mertz, Sims and Uiagalelei had been all blue-chip recruits and began video games as freshmen. Nix knocked off Oregon in a marquee win to open his profession. Sims staged a dramatic comeback over Florida State. Mertz was practically good (20-of-21 passing) in his beginning debut towards Illinois. Uiagalelei threw for 342 yards filling in for Trevor Lawrence towards Boston Faculty. All 4 had been alleged to change into superstars. As a substitute, Nix transferred, Sims and Mertz have been mediocre at finest, and Uiagalelei was one of many worst statistical QBs within the nation final season, regardless of Clemson successful 10 video games, and he may simply lose his job to Klubnik, one other extremely touted freshman, if he would not take a serious step ahead this season.

Tier 12: The most effective of the remaining within the Group of 5 (10 gamers, eight jobs)

East Carolina‘s Holton Ahlers
Utah State‘s Logan Bonner
Miami (Ohio)‘s Brett Gabbert
Central Michigan‘s Daniel Richardson
App State‘s Chase Brice
SMU‘s Tanner Mordecai and Preston Stone
Air Force‘s Haaziq Daniels
Cincinnati‘s Evan Prater and Ben Bryant

The opposite 4 groups on this tier face equally perplexing questions. Cincinnati should change a star in Desmond Ridder, and whereas Prater was a former ESPN300 recruit and threw for 3,100 yards at Japanese Michigan final season, Ridder’s are large footwear to fill. … Mordecai’s 41 whole touchdowns had been sixth finest nationally, however he’ll have a brand new teaching employees working the offense in 2022. … Jarret Doege is the one energetic QB with extra profession passing yards than Ahlers’ 8,434. … Utah State’s Bonner is considered one of simply 9 QBs returning who had not less than 36 touchdowns and three,600 yards final season. … After coming back from a midseason damage, Gabbert averaged 9.2 yards per move with 19 TDs and simply 4 picks over his ultimate six video games. … Richardson threw for two,633 yards and 24 TDs with six picks. Solely eight different FBS quarterback hit these marks final season. … After transferring from Clemson and struggling horribly at Duke, Brice discovered a house at App State, accounting for 30 touchdowns and simply shy of three,500 whole yards.

Tier 13: So that you’re saying there’s an opportunity (17 gamers, eight jobs)

Texas Tech‘s Donovan Smith and Tyler Shough
Syracuse‘s Garrett Shrader
Arizona State‘s Emory Jones, Paul Tyson and Trenton Bourguet
Indiana‘s Connor Bazelak, Jack Tuttle and Donoven McCulley
USF‘s Gerry Bohanon, Timmy McClain and Katravis Marsh
TCU‘s Max Duggan and Chandler Morris
KansasJalon Daniels
Toledo‘s Dequan Finn and Tucker Gleason

Someplace on this combine lies a breakout QB, however your guess is nearly as good as ours. Zach Kittley helped Zappe rewrite the file e book at Western Kentucky final season, and now he hopes to work his magic as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Texas Tech. … Robert Anae turned Virginia into probably the most prolific offenses within the nation final season, and now he is at Syracuse, the place he hopes both Shrader can look nearly as good as Armstrong did in 2021. … Bohanon misplaced out on the beginning job at Baylor, which is a boon for a USF staff determined for some QB stability. … Solar Devils coach Herm Edwards wanted Jones as a lot as Jones wanted a recent begin. Neither is assured to make it to midseason if they do not begin sizzling. … Indiana’s offense took a nosedive after a Cinderella 2020 marketing campaign. Can Bazelak or Tuttle assist regain that magic? … Daniels began the ultimate 4 video games of the season for Kansas final yr and had the Jayhawks trying aggressive. You would possibly keep in mind his 4 TDs in a win over Texas. Simply in case Texas followers do not keep in mind, you need to in all probability remind them. … Anae’s offense turned Armstrong into probably the most prolific QBs within the nation final yr. Can he do the identical factor at Syracuse? … Finn completed final season with 27 TDs and simply three turnovers.

Towards Oklahoma final season, Duggan threw for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns and not using a choose. With Duggan out due to damage a month later, Morris stepped in and threw for 461 yards with three whole touchdowns. So, clearly coach Sonny Dykes has some choices in his first yr at TCU, proper? Effectively, in each different sport vs. Energy 5 opposition final season, the 2 QBs mixed for simply 10 TD passes and 1,894 yards.

Tier 14: Is there a diamond within the tough? (9 gamers, 4 jobs)

Iowa State‘s Hunter Dekkers and Rocco Becht
Auburn‘s Zach Calzada and TJ Finley
Nebraska‘s Casey Thompson, Logan Smothers and Chubba Purdy
Virginia Tech‘s Grant Wells and Jason Brown

Dekkers was a four-star recruit, and he is stepping right into a job the place Brock Purdy discovered ample success. However has the window for Iowa State closed? … Virginia Tech thinks it might need landed a portal steal in Wells, however it is going to begin its tenth completely different QB of the playoff period when the season opens. … Nebraska waved goodbye to Martinez, and whereas a change was wanted, none of his potential replacements is a surefire enchancment. … Calzada struggled usually at Texas A&M final yr, and Finley appeared misplaced for lengthy stretches in a backup function behind Nix. Each would wish to take an enormous step ahead to dramatically alter Auburn’s offensive futility.

Tier 15: That is effective dot gif (eight gamers, 5 jobs)

Iowa‘s Spencer Petras and Alex Padilla
UCF‘s Mikey Keene, John Rhys Plumlee and Joey Gatewood
San Diego State‘s Braxton Burmeister
NIU‘s Rocky Lombardi
UAB‘s Dylan Hopkins

These groups mixed to complete 49-19 final yr, with all 5 successful not less than 9 video games. Of these 19 losses, nonetheless, 11 got here in video games after they scored 21 or fewer. The QB play was one thing akin to driving a 2002 Honda Civic — gradual, unsexy, however normally dependable sufficient to get from Level A to Level B — proper up till the wheels fall off and the engine catches fireplace. Additionally, Lombardi appears similar to Flash Gordon, so he ought to in all probability be ranked not less than six tiers greater based mostly solely on that.

Tier 16: Slightly change will do you good (11 gamers, six jobs)

Western Kentucky‘s Jarret Doege
Georgia Southern‘s Kyle Vantrease
Cal‘s Jack Plummer, Zach Johnson and Kai Millner
Marshall‘s Henry Colombi
Texas State‘s Layne Hatcher
Missouri‘s Jack Abraham, Brady Cook, Tyler Macon and Sam Horn

Maybe this yr’s Lombardi or Brice is on this combine — a veteran coming off a tough season who finds new life after a switch. Or maybe they’re all ranked 5 tiers too excessive.

Tier 17: They’ve seen some issues (six gamers, 5 jobs)

Liberty‘s Charlie Brewer and Jonathan Bennett
Charlotte‘s Chris Reynolds
MemphisSeth Henigan
Army‘s Tyhier Tyler
Tulsa‘s Davis Brin

Brewer was Baylor’s 2020 starter, and the Bears completed 2-7. He transferred, and Baylor went 12-2 in 2021. Brewer landed at Utah, the place he opened the season because the starter, going 1-2. Then he left this system, and the Utes received 9 of their subsequent 10, received the Pac-12 and performed within the Rose Bowl. Now the one query is, what new horrors he would possibly convey with him to Liberty?

Tier 18: Technically, they’re Energy 5 QBs (six gamers, 4 jobs)

Northwestern‘s Ryan Hilinski
IllinoisTommy DeVito and Artur Sitkowski
RutgersNoah Vedral and Gavin Wimsatt
Arizona‘s Jayden de Laura

Sooner or later, many of those gamers had been thought-about future stars. Lots has occurred since that time, and none of it was good.

Tier 19: Frantically refreshing the transfer-portal website hoping to discover a miracle (six gamers, three jobs)

Colorado‘s Brendon Lewis and J.T. Shrout
Duke‘s Luca Diamont and Riley Leonard
Vanderbilt‘s Ken Seals and Mike Wright

Seals completed final season with a 26.5 Complete QBR, eight factors behind the next-worst certified Energy 5 passer. That man? His teammate, Wright. … Over the previous three years, Duke QBs have 38 landing passes and 42 interceptions.

Tier 20: Intriguing non-Energy 5 QB battles (9 gamers, 4 jobs)

Louisiana‘s Chandler Fields and Ben Wooldridge
ULM‘s Rhett Rodriguez and Chandler Rogers
North TexasGrant Gunnell, Jace Ruder and Austin Aune
San Jose State‘s Chevan Cordeiro and Nick Nash

Gunnell is at his third college in as a few years, and he’ll compete with a few different once-highly touted prospects who bought misplaced within the switch portal. … Fields and Wooldridge will battle to switch longtime starter Levi Lewis, and the winner will take over a staff that has gone 34-5 over the previous three seasons. … Rodriguez has a ton of expertise, however Rogers confirmed promise down the stretch final season at ULM. … Cordeiro transferred from Hawai’i, and hopefully he both finds success or, at least, Dr Pepper while at San Jose State.

Tier 21: Former ACC QBs (eight gamers, 4 jobs)

FAU‘s N’Kosi Perry
FIU‘s Gunnar Holmberg, Grayson James and Haden Carlson
Arkansas State‘s James Blackman
Hawai’i‘s Joey Yellen, Brayden Schager and Cammon Cooper

Maybe considered one of these QBs would be the subsequent Brice. It may very well be Holmberg, who additionally escaped Duke to the Group of 5. … Blackman began at Florida State in 2017 and is someway nonetheless projected to begin in 2022 at Arkansas State. … Perry as soon as regarded like Miami’s future. Now he is hoping to construct on a combined 2021 marketing campaign at FAU. … Yellen is in his third cease and hasn’t thrown a move since November 2020, when he was with Pitt.

Tier 22: It may very well be worse (9 gamers)

Troy‘s Gunnar Watson
Kent State‘s Collin Schlee
UTEP‘s Gavin Hardison
Akron‘s DJ Irons
Western Michigan‘s Jack Salopek
Tulane‘s Michael Pratt
Georgia State‘s Darren Grainger
Ohio‘s Kurtis Rourke
Colorado State‘s Clay Millen

If we informed you we made up considered one of these names, you undoubtedly could not determine which one with out Googling. By yr’s finish, nonetheless, you are certain to be aware of not less than two or three. (Word: If we had been making up QB names, Gunnar Watson undoubtedly would have been one we got here up with.)

Tier 23: Will the true QBs please rise up? (18 gamers, seven jobs)

Old Dominion‘s Hayden Wolff, D.J. Mack Jr. and Brendon Clark
Temple‘s D’Wan Mathis, Mariano Valenti and Matt Duncan
Eastern Michigan‘s Taylor Powell, Austin Smith and Cam’Ron McCoy
Middle Tennessee‘s Chase Cunningham and Nicholas Vattiato
James Madison‘s Todd Centeio and Billy Atkins
Wyoming‘s Andrew Peasley and Evan Svoboda
Louisiana Tech‘s Landy Lyddy, Luke Anthony and Caleb Holstein

ODU turned in a surprisingly respectable season in 2021, however Mack was arguably the least productive QB within the nation. He averaged 4.48 yards per dropback — one hundred and twenty fifth out of 125 certified passers. … Mathis was as soon as seen as a greater QB choice than Bennett at Georgia. Now he is not assured snaps at Temple.

Tier 24: See, we informed you it may very well be worse (22 gamers, 13 jobs)

Navy‘s Tai Lavatai and Xavier Arline
South Alabama‘s Desmond Trotter, Tanner McGee and Carter Bradley
New Mexico‘s Miles Kendrick and Isaiah Chavez
New Mexico State‘s Diego Pavia, Dino Maldonado and Weston Eget
UMassBrady Olson
UNLV‘s Cameron Friel
UConn‘s Ta’Quan Roberson and Steven Krajewski
Bowling Green‘s Matt McDonald
Ball State‘s John Paddock
Buffalo‘s Matt Myers and Cole Snyder
Nevada‘s Nate Cox and Shane Illingworth
Southern MissTy Keyes and Zack Wilke
Rice‘s TJ McMahon and Wiley Green

Nevada’s Cox (6-foot-9) and Illingworth (6-6) not less than make for an intriguing frontcourt in any pickup video games on the native YMCA. … Almost 25% of Olson’s throws final yr had been off beam, by far the worst amongst certified FBS QBs. … South Alabama is prone to miss Jake Bentley excess of South Carolina did.

Tier 25: The free brokers (5 gamers, no jobs)

Boise State switch Jack Sears
UNLV switch Justin Rogers
Wake Forest switch Billy Edwards Jr.
Texas Tech switch Maverick McIvor
UCLA switch Parker McQuarrie

That is an incomplete checklist of QBs nonetheless within the switch portal, however someway, we’re not capable of embody Tate Martell. It is really the tip of an period, however we want him nicely in all of his future endeavors, which we’re guessing will likely be one thing with NFTs.

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