CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: Big Ten Team’s Quarterback Situations & Ranking
Going into the summer, what’s the quarterback situation and ranking for every Big Ten team?
Not everyone quarterback situation is settled, but where does each Big Ten team stand at the most important position? The ranking is based on the entire quarterback situation.
With longtime starter Mitch Leidner gone, new head man P.J. Fleck has to come up with his guy to build around. Conor Rhoda has been the backup who waited his turn, and he should be okay right away. The 6-3, 215-pounder can do a little of everything, but Demry Croft is an interesting option for the future, if he doesn’t win the job right away.
And the starter will be … Conor Rhoda, Sr.
– Minnesota 2017 Preview
It’s one of the Big Ten’s most interesting quarterback situations. Louisville transfer Kyle Bolin is coming in with Lamar Jackson the obvious star for the Cardinals, but Giovanni Rescigno is a veteran who’ll get another shot at taking back his job. The wild-card, though, is Johnathan Lewis, the star recruit who fans are going to want to see as soon as possible.
And the starter will be … Kyle Bolin, Sr.
– Rutgers 2017 Preview
C.J. Beathard is gone after an underwhelming final year, and now it’ll be a fight through the summer for the starting gig. Sophomore Nathan Stanley is a 6-5 veteran backup with the arm to push the ball down the field more, while junior Tyler Wiegers is another 6-5 big-armed passer with a world of upside.
And the starter will be … Nathan Stanley, Soph.
– Iowa 2017 Preview
Is the superstar ready? Top recruit Kasim Hill might still have to earn the gig with so many other potions to fight through, but while Caleb Henderson is a good talent, Max Bortenschlager is a big passer and Tyrrell Pigrome is a dangerous all-around prospect, but Hill is the one who might turn Maryland into a much, much bigger thing. He’ll eventually be the starter this year, but to kick things off, it’ll probably be …
And the starter will be … Caleb Henderson, Jr.
– Maryland 2017 Preview
It might be the Big Ten’s most watched holding pattern. Virginia Tech transfer Dwayne Lawson has to take care of a few issues with his grades after going the JUCO route, but he’s expected to be ready to roll. If so, the Illini have a difference-maker who can automatically become a factor. If not. it’ll be Chayce Crouch giving it a shot and Jeff George Jr. – who started a stretch of last year – to see time as the main backup.
And the starter will be … Dwayne Lawson, Jr.
– Illinois 2017 Preview
Richard Lagow might have thrown too many picks – 17 of them – but he’s a good bomber who’ll keep the pressure on. Zander Diamont is gone, and now it’ll likely be up to redshirt freshman Peyton Ramsey to step in it Lagow goes down.
And the starter will be … Richard Lagow, Sr.
– Indiana 2017 Preview
8. Michigan State
Okay, Brian Lewerke. The job appears to be yours, now stay in one piece and make the offense better. Damion Terry is an easy option to work in a few reps from time to time, but Lewerke should be the one who tries to make the Spartans good at college football again.
And the starter will be … Brian Lewerke, Soph.
– Michigan State 2017 Preview
Tommy Armstrong was the heart and soul of the program for the last few years, but he was also banged up late last year. The results weren’t pretty when he was gone, and now it’ll be a fight for his job. Tristan Gebbia will eventually be the star, but he’s just a true freshman, while former Tulane transfer Tanner Lee should be ready to go now. Patrick O’Brien had a good enough offseason to be in the mix, too, but …
And the starter will be … Tanner Lee, Jr.
– Nebraska 2017 Preview
David Blough might soon be known as more than the guy who forced Danny Etling to leave for LSU and Austin Appleby to take off for Florida. With Jeff Brohm as the new head coach, the numbers will soon go through the roof. 6-4, 225-pound sophomore Elijah Sindelar will be the main backup.
And the starter will be … David Blough, Jr.
– Purdue 2017 Preview
The Badgers missed out on the Malik Zaire derby – he committed to Florida -but that’s hardly a bad thing. The more work Alex Hornibrook gets, the better. However, he got knocked around a bit last year – UW need 6-2, 225-pound redshirt freshman Kare Lyles to be ready.
And the starter will be … Alex Hornibrook, Soph.
– Wisconsiin 2017 Preview
Considering the Wolverines return almost no one who starters for more than a game or two last year, having a veteran like Wilton Speight should be a huge help. The receiving corps has talent, but it’s really, really young – that’s where Speight comes in. Veteran backup John O’Korn – the one-time Houston transfer – and freshman Brandon Peters aren’t bad reserve options. Watch out, though, for Peters to be given his chances for more than just the No. 2 job.
And the starter will be … Wilton Speight, Jr.
– Michigan 2017 Preview
3. Penn State
Trace McSorley grew into a special playmaker who led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten title. He’s firmly entrenched as the starter, with sophomore Tommy Stevens a 6-4, 225-pound passer being groomed as the No. 2.
And the starter will be … Trace McSorley, Jr.
– Penn State 2017 Preview
Can Clayton Thorson really turn into an interesting pro prospect? He looked the part last year as he matured into more of a big-time passer. Now this is his offense with a world of upside to do even more. Senior Matt Alviti has been around long enough to be an okay No. 2 option if disaster strikes.
And the starter will be … Clayton Thorson, Jr.
– Northwestern 2017 Preview
1. Ohio State
While the Buckeye faithful will be howling for star recruit Tate Martell, or likely No. 2 backup Joe Burrow, or Dwayne Haskins if J.T. Barrett struggles, but … no. Ohio State has one of the best all-around veteran quarterbacks in the country, and he’ll have to make everyone around him better. Again.
And the starter will be … J.T. Barrett, Sr.
– Ohio State 2017 Preview