Athlon has ranked every FBS quarterback so naturally we’re going to check out the Round-up’s quarterback crop. Now obviously these rankings are real early, but it’s a nice list.
Right off the top I’m not sure that Seth Russell starts over Stidham or how effective Russell will be coming off what was essentially a broken neck.
Patrick Mahomes is a beast and though there’s not much room, I’m pretty sure he can move up. I don’t know whether Trevor Knight beats out Jake Hubenak at A&M, but either way, the difference in A&M’s quarterback situation from 2015 to now is remarkable. No great hope on the roster, just hoping someone can fill in.
I think Matt Davis is way undervalued at 80, maybe he’s not a top 40 guy, but he’s close. Davis is dynamic and if he gets any help he could be way better. That said, Tyler Jones is over valued on this list, at least if 2015 is any indication. Maybe Everett Withers performs a miracle, but Davis and Jones should be flipped.
Alec Morris could go either way. We tend to think he’ll be better, but there’s no frame of reference so it’s all shooting from the hip.
Lastly, Rice could be in for a pretty rough season if Nate German starts, that’s a rough depth chart for the Owls.
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4. Seth Russell, Baylor
A neck injury ended Russell’s 2015 season in late October. But prior to the injury, Russell was setting a torrid pace, tossing 29 scores and only six picks on 200 attempts. Can he hold off Jarrett Stidham for the starting job?
5. Greg Ward, Houston
Coach Tom Herman is one of the nation’s top offensive coaches, and Ward will continue to thrive under his direction. He accounted for 281.1 total yards per game and 38 overall touchdowns last season.
7. Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
Mahomes directs Texas Tech’s high-powered attack and accounted for 46 overall scores last season. He also ranked fourth nationally by averaging 357.9 passing yards per game in 2015.
31. Kenny Hill, TCU
Kenny Trill is back after sitting out 2015 due to NCAA transfer rules. He passed for 2,649 yards and 23 scores before losing the starting job at Texas A&M in 2014. Has big shoes to fill in replacing Trevone Boykin.
53. Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
Knight is eligible immediately after transferring from Oklahoma. With Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen leaving College Station, Knight is expected to start over Jake Hubenak this fall.
54. Tyler Jones, Texas State
Jones was expected to push for all-conference honors in 2015, but his passing yards and touchdowns dropped, while his interceptions increased to 10. However, Jones has rushed for at least 500 yards in back-to-back seasons. Should rebound under new coordinator Brett Elliott.
79. Jerrod Heard, Texas
Texas enters another offseason with question marks on offense. New play-caller Sterlin Gilbert is tasked with implementing a spread attack that can jumpstart an offense that averaged only 25.3 points in Big 12 games last season. Heard can be a dynamic quarterback for the Longhorns, but he will be pushed for snaps by incoming freshman Shane Buechele.
80. Matt Davis, SMU
SMU should be better in its second season under coach Chad Morris. Quarterback play is under the spotlight, as Davis led the team with 761 rushing yards and threw for 2,263 yards and 16 scores. However, redshirt freshman Ben Hicks could push for the starting job.
91. Mack Leftwich, UTEP
UTEP’s offense is under the direction of new play-caller Brent Pease, and Leftwich is expected to be pushed by Ryan Metz and Kavika Johnson for the starting job this spring.
107. Alec Morris, North Texas
Landing Morris as a graduate transfer from Alabama is a huge pickup for new coach Seth Littrell. Morris attempted only one pass in three seasons with the Crimson Tide but should be a good fit in Littrell’s offense.
115. Dalton Sturm, UTSA
Sturm – a walk-on – stepped into the starting lineup after Blake Bogenschutz was lost for the season due to a concussion. He threw for 1,354 yards and 13 scores and rushed for 361 yards and one touchdown.
126. Nate German, Rice
German is an intriguing prospect for coach David Bailiff, but he has only two pass attempts in his career. He spent 2015 at receiver and caught 18 passes for 379 yards and three scores.