CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: Conference USA Team’s Quarterback Situation & Ranking
Going into the summer, what’s the quarterback situation and ranking for every Conference USA team?
Not everyone quarterback situation is settled, but where does each Conference USA team stand at the most important position? The ranking is based on the entire quarterback situation.
It’s a new era for UAB football, and it might take a little while to find the right guy to build around. Former JUCO transfer A.J. Erdely is a 6-4, 224-pounder who can open up the passing game, while 6-1, 213-pound Tyler Johnston had a great offseason adding more mobility to the equation.
And the starter will be … A.J. Erdely, Jr.
– UAB 2017 Preview
After the controversy and problems with one of last year’s starters Kevin Olsen – he’s gone now – it’s up to Hasaan Klugh to handle the work. He needs to be more accurate, but he has plenty of upside. 6-2, 205-pound junior Brooks Barden will be the No. 2.
And the starter will be … Hasaan Klugh, Jr.
– Charlotte 2017 Preview
12. Florida International
Alex McGough needs to be better, but he’s a veteran starter who’ll lead things off for the Butch Davis era. He’s been around long enough to be fine, while 6-3, 220-pound sophomore Christian Alexander will be groomed to be next year’s main man.
And the starter will be … Alex McGough, Sr.
– FIU 2017 Preview
With Tyler Stehling done, it’s going to be a battle going into the fall between sophomores Jackson Tyner and J.T. Granato along with freshman Sam Glaesmann. Tyner has the most experience, but Tyner is the more talented option. The 6-3, 210-pound Glaesmann is a big option along with the 6-3, 220-pound Granato and the larger 6-5, 220-pound Tyner.
And the starter will be … Jackson Tyner, Soph.
– Rice 2017 Preview
10. Old Dominion
David Washington was one of the keys to a huge 2016, but now he’s gone meaning Blake LaRussa needs to become a star. He’s only 5-10 and 185 pounds, but he can throw. He has to hold off junior Shuler Bentley, another baller with 6-1, 210-pound size.
And the starter will be … Blake LaRussa, Soph.
– Old Dominion 2017 Preview
9. North Texas
Mason Fine took over in the middle of last season and played well, but a shoulder problem kept him out late in the season. While he’s experienced, walk-on Quinn Shanbour will push for time and could take over with a great fall camp.
And the starter will be … Mason Fine, Soph.
– North Texas 2017 Preview
While he might not be the most talented playmaker, senior Dalton Sturm proved he could lead the offense and be effective, throwing for 20 touchdowns and just six picks. Behind him are five underclassmen in a fight for the No. 2 job – and the early edge on 2018.
And the starter will be … Dalton Sturm, Sr.
– UTSA 2017 Preview
Former Fresno State Bulldog Zack Greenlee is a potentially dangerous baller who might get a shot as the season goes on, but the job will be all Ryan Metz’s if he’s effective. He connected on 65% of his passes with 14 touchdowns with four picks, but after throwing for close to 700 yards, Greenlee is a veteran who can step in.
And the starter will be … Ryan Metz, Jr.
– UTEP 2017 Preview
6. Louisiana Tech
Who gets to replace 4,617-yard, 41 touchdown passer Ryan Higgins? J’Mar Smith was the top backup last year and did a great job in his limited time, but he doesn’t have the same great receiving corps to work with.
And the starter will be … J’Mar Smith, Soph.
– Louisiana Tech 2017 Preview
5. Southern Miss
Who’s taking over for Nick Mullens? Sophomore Keon Howard will be the first option, but JUCO transfer Kwadra Griggs is a large bomber who can keep the passing game going. The 6-1, 205-pound Howard is more of a dual-threat playmaker.
And the starter will be … Keon Howard, Soph.
– Southern Miss 2017 Preview
Chase Litton did what he could in a bad year, throwing for 2,612 yards and 24 scores, and now he has to be the star of an offense that has to do far more. Garet Morrell is a 6-3, 205-pounder who’ll have to wait his turn for a few years.
And the starter will be … Chase Litton, Jr.
– Marshall 2017 Preview
3. Florida Atlantic
Florida State controversial transfer De’Andre Johnson could and should be one of the best quarterbacks in Conference USA once he gets rolling, but junior Jason Driskel will get every shot at being Lane Kiffin’s starter.
And the starter will be … De’Andre Johnson, Soph.
– FAU 2017 Preview
2. Middle Tennessee
When healthy, Brent Stockstill is among the most productive quarterbacks in college football. He threw for 3,233 yards and 31 scores in ten games of work, while sophomore John Urzua did a nice job when he had to, throwing for 816 yards and eight scores, but with eight touchdowns.
And the starter will be … Brent Stockstill, Jr.
– Middle Tennessee 2017 Preview
1. Western Kentucky
The return of Mike White for his senior season eases the transition from the Jeff Brohm era. The 6-4, 225-pounder threw for 4,363 yards and 37 scores, and now he’ll be needed more than ever with a slew of new receivers to work with – and a new head coach.
And the starter will be … Mike White, Sr.
– WKU 2017 Preview