The depth charts and starting lineups are starting to finally come together before the season. What’s the update on some of the key quarterback situations?
Key Starting Quarterback Updates
– Kenny Hill gets the starting quarterback job at TCU
The hope was for Hill to take the starting gig by the horns and make it his, and now the former Texas A&M Aggie has the job after beating out sophomore Foster Sawyer.
It looked like Hill was the next big thing after Johnny Manziel with a 511-yard passing day in the 2014 opener against South Carolina, but as the Aggie offense started to sputter, Hill was moved out of the starting job. After spending a year in the system he knows what he’s doing, but it should be the loaded TCU defense that carries the team for a while to take the pressure off. Hill has the skills to keep the offensive production rolling.
– Sean White gets the starting quarterback job at Auburn
In a little bit of a stunner, White got the call for the showdown at home against Clemson over John Franklin III and Jeremy Johnson. Franklin’s the most dangerous option with phenomenal speed and the explosive ability the O missed last year. While Johnson looks the part with the right size, arm and abilities, he can’t get things moving.
White’s the safe call. He’s healthy now, has six games of starting experience, and he should be the best option to consistently hit the third down throw. However, don’t be shocked if Franklin doesn’t see a little time here and there to get his speed on the field.
– Bart Houston gets the Wisconsin starting quarterback job
Houston’s been waiting in the wings for a while behind Joel Stave, and he more than earned his stripes to be the next man up in the progression beating out Alex Hornibrook. It should be Hornibrook’s job next year after following Paul Chryst from Pitt to Madison – he’s just a redshirt freshman – but Houston gives the team a veteran leader. At 6-4 and 232 pounds, he’s a big thrower with enough experience to handle the pressure against LSU in the opener.
– Dakota Prukop named the Oregon starting quarterback
Last year it was Vernon Adams who came over from the FCS to keep the Oregon offensive machine going. This year, it’s Montana State transfer Dakota Prukop with the rushing ability to go along with his passing skills to be the right fit for the Ducks. He took over the job as the fall camp went on, and while it’s not a shocker that he got the gig – he wouldn’t have transferred to Oregon if he wasn’t going to start – he earned it. On the first depth chart, freshman Justin Herbert is the No. 2.
– Big ones still being watched
– Alabama will likely start Blake Barnett against USC, but Jalen Hurts has been one of the stars of fall camp with a skill set that’s been missing from the position.
– South Carolina is still locked in a fight with senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain before next week’s date with Vanderbilt. Orth is the veteran with the starting experience, but McIlwain is the electrifying runner and baller.
– Wilson Speight and John O’Korn continue to be locked in a battle at Michigan before Hawaii comes to Ann Arbor, and Shane Morris is in the equation, too. Can O’Korn be more careful with the ball? Can Speight hit on the big play and lead long drives? Morris has been the odd-man out from the start, but he’s got the experience to be the dark horse.