CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: American Athletic Team’s Quarterback Situation & Ranking
Going into the summer, what’s the quarterback situation and ranking for every American Athletic Conference team?
Not every quarterback battle is settled, but where does each American Athletic Conference team stand at the most important position? The ranking is based on the entire quarterback situation.
The offensive production can’t be any worse, and it probably won’t be with new/old head coach Randy Edsall’s return to the program. Bryant Shirreffs wasn’t miserable, but he only threw seven touchdown passes with six picks, while running for over 500 yards. Donovan Williams got hurt, but he’s in the equation, while JUCO transfer David Pindell will get every shot in the new high-octane attack.
And the starter will be … Bryant Shirreffs, Sr.
– UConn 2017 Preview
So who’s going to replace AAC conference champion quarterback Phillips Walker? It’ll be sophomore Logan Marchi, or junior Frank Nutile, or key recruit Todd Centeio, or bomber Anthony Russo. Spin the wheel on the QB derby going into the fall, with Nutile the safe call and the mobile Marchi a dangerous option.
And the starter will be … Logan Marchi, Soph,
– Temple 2017 Preview
So who’s going to get the option attack rolling? Glen Cuiellette got in work last year, and Johnathan Brantley is a new option, but if this thing is going to fly, Kansas State transfer Jonathan Banks is the right guy – there’s a reason he made the move. Very quick, he took over the offense and should shine right away.
And the starter will be … Jonathan Banks, Jr.
– Tulane 2017 Preview
McKenzie Milton took over the job for Justin Holman last year and turned into the likely starter of the future. He’s a smallish, quick passer who needs to be more accurate, but he can take off and run a little bit. 6-3, 215-pound Darriel Mack is an option, but it’s Milton’s job – for now.
And the starter will be … McKenzie Milton, Soph.
– UCF 2017 Preview
With Ryan Rubley transferring to Augustana, The door is open for Chad President to take over for Tulsa all-time leading passer Dane Evans. President is a runner with a great arm, but Luke Skipper – a dual-threat star – will be in the fight, too.
And the starter will be … Chad President, Soph.
– Tulsa 2017 Preview
Can Ben Hicks be better after logging in time as a freshman? He threw for 19 touchdowns and bombed for almost 3,000 yards, but he also gave up 15 interceptions. Hardly a lock to keep the job, Arkansas transfer Rate Peavey and D.J. Gillens will get some work.
And the starter will be … Ben Hicks, Soph.
– SMU 2017 Preview
Hayden Moore has to cut down on the interceptions, but he was the team’s leading passer – even though Gunner Kiel gave it a shot with the season going down the tubes. Now Moore has to fight off Ross Trail, with the winner getting to crank up the new offense that’s going to go 100 miles per hour. The starter will be a statistical superstar.
And the starter will be … Hayden Moore, Jr.
– Cincinnati 2017 Preview
Injuries late in the season turned into a slight positive for the future of the Navy offense, with Zach Abey getting in some reps over the final key games. A bigger, thicker Navy QB than most of the quicker versions, he ran for 384 yards and six scores in a short time, and threw for 352 yards with four picks and an interception. Freshman Malcolm Perry is more of the jitterbug option type as the likely main backup.
And the starter will be … Zach Abey, Soph.
– Navy 2017 Preview
4. East Carolina
Thomas Sirk left Duke, and now he’s expected to fill in the gap for an offense that needs to kickstart everything back up. He’s trying to get past an Achilles tendon injury, and he has to fight off junior Gardner Minshew, but if he’s right, he’s a difference-maker.
And the starter will be … Thomas Sirk, Sr.
– East Carolina 2017 Preview
Kyle Allen wasn’t a bust for Texas A&M, but the former No. 1 overall recruit – at least the top quarterback prospect according to most services – didn’t do what he was supposed to in the Kevin Sumlin attack. Now he has to get the Major Applewhite era off to a hot start, but D’Eriq King will see plenty of reps.
And the starter will be … Kyle Allen, Jr.
– Houston 2017 Preview
Is Riley Ferguson growing into a good pro prospect? No one’s expecting him to be Paxton Lynch – he doesn’t have the bulk-size – but he’s coming off a terrific season throwing for close to 3,700 yards with 32 scores. There’s no experience behind him, though, with redshirt freshman David Moore needing reps.
And the starter will be … Riley Ferguson, Sr.
– Memphis 2017 Preview
If Quinton Flowers isn’t the best player in the American Athletic Conference this year, he won’t be far off. He’s a 4.4 speed running back playing QB – and he can lead, and he can throw. There’s no experience behind him, though, and he’s going to take several big shots.
And the starter will be … Quinton Flowers, Jr.
– USF 2017 Preview