Round-Up Position Rankings: FBS Quarterback

Where else can you get  ranking of each position for ONLY the Texas based FBS programs? Nowhere, that's where!

Geez, why on earth do we do this?

Let's start at quarterback, because that's the only position that matters to most of you anyway.

Our rankings are based on three categories that are based on several subsets of criteria, based on subjective perception. Science.

Because the Bud sees so few returning starters, we're projecting on about half of this list. Whatever.

We assume that these guys are invincible and will play the entire season.

1. Bryce Petty - Baylor

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Bryce Petty 6'3, 230 Sr. 250 403 4200 32 3 62.0% 17 4.0% 10.42

Why the hell not. Petty is returning off a career year's career year. 4,200 yards, 32 TDs and just 3 ints. He led the Bears to a Big 12 title, a BCS championship and was within a few breaks of a BCS title game invite.

Now Petty's back and so are the tools that got him his PS3 stats in 2013. Petty could be in New York come early December if he gets anywhere near his numbers last year.

The yards per attempt in 2013 were ridiculous, just straight out untouchable, crazy.

2. Davis Webb - Texas Tech

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Davis Webb 6'4, 195 So. 226 361 2718 20 9 62.6% 7 1.9% 7.2

The Bud will now get controversial, the gap between 1 and 2 in this list is pretty tiny. Say all you want about Petty, he's earned it, but Webb is pretty darn good and he was a ruddy faced freshman last season. He put up big numbers considering he played most of the year behind the other freshman Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is in Norman now and Webb is the guy in Lubbock.

The assembled media picked Tech 6th in their Big 12 preseason poll, that seems a bit short sited if Webb does was what Webb could do in a full season with the keys in his hands.

3. David Ash - Texas

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
David Ash 6'3, 227 Jr. 53 87 760 7 2 60.9% 4 4.4% 8.1
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Some folks will disagree with this one, but the Bud is convinced that Ash was trending upwards when he went down with an injury. If he can stay healthy and get a firm grasp on Sean Watson's offense, he'll be solid if not very good for the Longhorns.

The key here, as Ash was just cleared to return this week, is whether he can stay healthy. As of yesterday, Charlie Strong had named Ash the starter for the North Texas game. It's hard to not to root for a guy like Ash.

4. Matt Joeckel - TCU

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Matt Joeckel
(Texas A&M)
6'4, 240 Sr. 22 37 293 2 0 59.5% 0 0.0% 7.9
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We're giving the nod to Joeckel over semi-incumbent Trevone Boykin, thought this may not sort itself out until we're a few weeks into the 2014 season. Not to be prickish at all but if Boykin starts this ranking probably drops a few pegs given the direction of the offense.

If it's possible to be a pro in a college system then Matt Joeckel is a pro. He's smart, he plays within himself, he's a good teammate, and he's got good tools. The Bud think he'll thrive in the Doug Meacham offense and the Bud thinks that TCU will surprise the upper half of the Big 12 this season.

5. John O'Korn - Houston

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
John O'Korn 6'4, 205 So. 259 446 3117 28 10 58.1% 25 5.3% 6.2

There aren't many teams with the skills at receiver that U of H has. John O'Korn benefited from that last season. O'Korn struggled against conference teams, but some of that was expected given his youth. He's poised to put up big numbers again.

What's troubling from O'Korn are his last 5 games where his completion percentage dipped below 50% and his TD to INT ration was 1-1. The Bud isn't anticipating a sophomore slump from O'Korn, rather we think he'll be a year better.

6. Kyle Allen - Texas A&M

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Kyle Allen 6'3, 205 Fr.
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If Kyle Allen can avoid tripping over his Rivals Stars then he might be really good in Spavital's offense at A&M. That's the key, it's Spavital's offense and that's a big plus for A&M.

We are assuming he continues to win out over Kenny Hill, but Allen could be special. Then again, he's a freshman playing in the SEC, how special could he be? Sumlin's track record has been pretty good when it comes to your players stepping into starting roles, Exhibit A of course is one Johnathan Football, so we're comfortable thinking Allen will have a decent shot at being good.

7. Tucker Carter - UTSA

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Tucker Carter 6'3, 225 Sr. 23 33 190 1 2 69.7% 2 5.7% 5.1

The Bud thinks that Tucker Carter might be mover and shaker on this list. He's from Allen, the city of Champions and structurally unsound $60 million dollar stadiums. He's a JC guy who has waited his time take over for Eric Soza.

UTSA's offensive returning talent will help Carter a ton as will the return of almost all of UTSA's skill players. Larry Coker continues to add talent to the roster, which again benefits Carter. The Bud remembers when little Tucker was called into duty for Allen when their starting quarterback went down and how he led the Eagles to state title. He seemed pretty clutch then, we don't see that changing.

8. Jamiell Showers - UTEP

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Jameill Showers 6'2, 230 Sr. 107 188 1263 11 4 56.9% 14 6.9% 5.8

We'll put Showers at 8, if only because of his experience and because the Bud thinks that UTEP can't be nearly as bad as they were last season. When he was upright, UTEP was competitive, when he wasn't UTEP was in trouble.

UTEP will be as bad or worse than last year if they can't find a way to protect Showers. Showers will have the benefit of a running game that may have been the lone bright spot for the Miners last year and two mammoth tight ends to serve as a safety blanket.

9. Tyler Jones - Texas State

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Tyler Jones 6'2, 197 So. 100 160 1130 8 5 62.5% 11 6.4% 6.1

Jones brought a special talent set to the Bobcats last season as a first year starter fresh out of high school. He was miles ahead of Tyler Arndt and Duke DeLancelotti in 2013.

If he continues to improve, specifically his yards per attempt and his TD to INT rate, he'll keep moving up this list. Jones will also benefit from coach Fran's desire to increase the pace of play offensively, something Jones excelled at in high school.

10. Andrew McNulty - North Texas

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Andrew McNulty 6'1, 210 Jr. 5 6 36 0 1 83.3% 1 14.3% 4.6

McNulty is currently in a position battle with JC transfer Josh Greer. It could be either one, we're giving McNulty the nod based on experience in the system. UNT runs a very QB friendly system so the new guy will have that going for him.

McNulty will also have a great offensive line protecting him and the confidence of a team that expects to win their league.

11. Neal Burcham - SMU

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Neal Burcham 6'3, 207 So. 64 109 556 2 4 58.7% 11 9.2% 4.1

Burcham was an Elite 11 camp MVP along with one Jameis Winston. Not bad. He played last season after Gilbert went down with an injury, the results didn't exactly set the world on fire. Burcham will get pushed by incoming JC transfer and former A&M QB Matt Davis.

Burcham has the tools and June Jones is a QB guru. (See Colt Brennan) Still Burcham has yet to set the world on fire and seems allergic to throwing the ball downfield. That will need to change.

12. Driphus Jackson - Rice

Player Ht, Wt 2014
Year
Comp Att Yards TD INT Comp
Rate
Sacks Sack Rate Yards/
Att.
Driphus Jackson 6'0, 205 Jr. 5 16 50 0 1 31.3% 5 23.8% 1.3

The Bud didn't want to do it, but based on last season's regression we have to put Jackson here. His yards per attempt were...well...the worst in the world. Jackson is a superior athlete and, as a Rice undergrad, smart. Bailiff will mold the offense around his talents.

Still, Rice made due last year with a sub-standard passing quarterback. Jackson is below that standard through the air. The good news for Rice and the reason that Jackson may be undervalued here is that Bailiff will put him in a situation that will accentuate the positives that Jackson brings. That's how Rice excelled even though Taylor McHargue struggled at times in 2013.


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