As spring football concludes, the majority of Roundup schools are still facing quarterback battles. It's only the most critical position in football. Nothing like not knowing who's going to take snaps next fall. Let's take a look at where we are across the state.
Rice's quarterback battle took a turn for the worse when the Owls announced that incumbent Miklo Smalls would miss spring football to address some personal issues. With Smalls out, Sam Glaesmann recovering from injury, and Jackson Tyner currently throwing baseballs instead of footballs the quarterback position is wide open. And by wide open we mean, a potential dumpster fire. Transfer Shawn Stankavage is the only quarterback in spring ball that has thrown a football in college. Health is an issue with Stankavage if history is any indicator, so depending on him now is less than assuring. Behind him are a pair of redshirt freshman walk-ons.
At this point, there is a high likelihood that a true freshman, summer arrival will take significant snaps for Rice this fall.
How we feel: Can anyone say year zero for Mike Bloomgren?
If anything, Ben Hicks has tightened his grasp on the quarterback position this spring. Former transfers D.J. Gillins and Rafe Peavey have fallen into the distance. At the spring game, redshirt freshman Austin Upshaw ran SMU's second team.
How we feel: Hicks is the man, the inconsistent but improving man, in Dallas.
The Aggies finished their spring game, and the competition is as hot as ever. In the spring game, Kellen Mond looked much improved over last year's one-dimensional approach. Nick Starkel is right in the mix, but he did try to fit the ball into some less than ideal windows on Saturday, including the sternums' of a couple of defenders. Jimbo Fisher won't settle this battle until the fall.
How we feel: This might be the first time Jimbo misses dealing with Jameis Winston.
The job is Shawn Robinson's to lose. He may still lose it if true freshman Justin Rogers fully recovers and challenges him this fall, but Robinson took significant steps to secure his place. Right now Der Colonel Grayson Muehlstein and Irish Freedom Fighter Michael Collins are battling for second-team reps, maybe third team once Rogers is healthy.
How we feel: TCU may have the deepest quarterback room in the state, but are any of them great?
After however many spring games Tech's put on in various geographic locations, the quarterback position is still up for grabs. McLane Carter and Jett Duffey are neck and neck, and neither's looked ready for prime time. Duffey's indefinite suspension due to legal issues lasted all of four practices. In Saturday's spring game at Jones AT&T Stadium, Carter finished 11 of 19 for 139 yards, and QB Duffey was 11 of 15 for 89 yards. Someone will take this job in the fall; our money is still on Duffey provided he's not kicked off the team. Whoever wins the job will probably still throw for over 3,500 yards.
How we feel: Kliff's nervous face is still shockingly handsome and we hate him for that.
The Big Willie Jones era is on target. The backup looks more and more like it's going to be Jaylen Gipson. Jones development gives reason for real optimism in San Marvelous and Gipson gives Withers another big, athletic quarterback to call on if necessary.
How we feel: Come on Big Willie!
This competition seems more in name only. Tom Herman's a bit of a drama queen, so he's going to draw this out, but its Sam Ehlinger's job to lose. The question is whether Shane Buechele sticks around to hold the clipboard or if he opts to transfer or give baseball a try. With Ehlinger's fragility, Texas will need a capable backup.
How we feel: Maintain that concussion protocol, Tom, anything to keep Ehlinger in the game.
The Miners had a five-way quarterback competition when camp opened. The competition really came down to Kai Locksley, and Ryan Metz with a little Mark Torrez mixed in, but it's a two-horse race. We'd be shocked if a healthy Locksley isn't starting. He had a very efficient spring game, Metz is ready if needed.
How we feel: In Kai we trust.
The roller coaster that is the UTSA quarterback competition couldn't end the spring without more drama. After losing front-runner Frank Harris to a knee injury a week ago, Cordale Grundy left the spring game in a boot. Thankfully it's just a dislocated toe, an injury that would lay me up for several months, but not Grundy. Bryce Rivers took the opportunity to edge into a slight lead with a solid performance. He's a gamer, so this should surprise no one. This competition will carry into fall camp and is probably closer than most folks think even after today.
How we feel: Confidence is low but not as low as 48 hours ago.