CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: Mountain West Team’s Quarterback Situation & Ranking
Going into the summer, what’s the quarterback situation and ranking for every Mountain West team?
Not every quarterback battle is settled, but where does each Mountain West team stand at the most important position? The ranking is based on the entire quarterback situation.
12. San Jose State
The Spartan passing game has to get going from the start under the new coaching staff. Sophomore Josh Love spent last year as the main backup, but he got in a little bit of work throwing five picks with two touchdown passes. Montel Aaron is a 6-5, 210-pounder with a tremendous arm.
And the starter will be … Josh Love, Soph.
– San Jose State 2017 Preview
11. Fresno State
Can Chason Virgil blow up in the Jeff Tedford offense? He’s an accurate passer, but he doesn’t have the big bomber size. It’ll be his job to handle the pro-style attack, but the backup option is … ? It’s going to be a battle among JUCO transfers Christian Rossi and Jorge Reyna to be Virgil’s backup.
And the starter will be … Chason Virgil, Soph.
– Fresno State 2017 Preview
10. San Diego State
Christian Chapman didn’t have to do a whole lot of heavy lifting last year, but he has a good enough receiving corps to work with to start doing more. It’s a limited stable behind him, with 6-0, 190-pound sophomore Ryan Agnew the top backup option.
And the starter will be … Christian Chapman, Jr.
– San Diego State 2017 Preview
Dru Brown made his share of mistakes, but he also took to the Nick Rolovich offense and got the team to a bowl win. He’s most likely the team’s main man for the next few years, while 6-3, 210-pound Aaron Zwahlen will battle for the backup job.
And the starter will be … Dru Brown, Jr.
– Hawaii 2017 Preview
8. Air Force
Arion Worthman was a decent enough passer to get by, and finished third on the team in rushing in just eight games of work. Nate Romine is a veteran option who’ll be a terrific backup if he doesn’t take back his starting gig. Air Force is in great shape either way.
And the starter will be … QB Arion Worthman, Jr.
– Air Force 2017 Preview
Is the young guy ready to roll? Former Nebraska transfer Johnny Stanton has a ton of skill, and Kurt Palandech turned into the top starter last year, but 6-5, 225-pound Armani Rogers is the potential all-around star who’s supposed to be the savior.
And the starter will be … Armani Rogers, RFr.
– UNLV 2017 Preview
Alabama transfer David Cornwell will step in as the main man for the new coaching staff and the Air Raid style of offense – expect the passing numbers to get cranked up in a hurry. Junior Ty Gangi might be just good enough to be close to the starting spot after throwing for 1,301 yards and eight scores, but Cornwell wouldn’t have come to Reno if he wasn’t going to be the likely starter.
And the starter will be … David Cornwell, Jr.
– Nevada 2017 Preview
5. Utah State
It only seems like Kent Myers has been around for forever. In his final year, he should be more accurate, with the mobility and moxie to do more for the Aggie attack. Oregon transfer Damion Hubbs is a 6-2, 225-pounder who fits the offense, too.
And the starter will be … Kent Myers, Sr.
– Utah State 2017 Preview
4. New Mexico
Lamar Jordan continues to be among the nation’s most exciting quarterbacks with the ball in his hands. He’s not built to take a pounding, but he’s extremely quick. 6-0, 205-pound junior JaJuan Lawson is another dangerous runner who saw a little time last year.
And the starter will be … Lamar Jordan, Sr.
– New Mexico 2017 Preview
3. Colorado State
Nick Stevens is a big-time passer who should put up massive numbers one he found his groove. Coming off a big season, he’ll be in line for All-Mountain West honors. 6-5, 210-pound sophomore Collin Hill saw just enough time last year to be an okay fill-in if needed.
And the starter will be … Nick Stevens, Sr.
– Colorado State 2017 Preview
2. Boise State
Even in a league with Wyoming’s Josh Allen ripping it up, Brett Rypien was the First Team All-Mountain West quarterback. He threw for 3,646 yards and 24 scores and eight picks. Former JUCO transfer Thomas Stuart saw a wee bit of time and will be the main backup.
And the starter will be … Brett Rypien, Jr.
– Boise State 2017 Preview
Josh Allen went from being a nice prospect to the possible No. 1 overall draft pick – he might have been that in the 2017 NFL Draft and could be next year. He’s the star, while 6-4, 229-pound junior Nick Smith looks like yet another future pro prospect
And the starter will be … Josh Allen, Jr.
– Wyoming 2017 Preview