CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: Pac-12 Team’s Quarterback Situation & Ranking
Going into the summer, what’s the quarterback situation and ranking for every Pac-12 team?
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Not every quarterback situation is settled, but where does each Pac-12 team stand at the most important position? The ranking is based on the entire quarterback situation.
12. Oregon State
Marcus McMaryion was the best option last season, throwing for a team high 1,286 yards and ten scores with five picks. He’s a good runner who was deadly accurate at times over the second half of the year, but he’ll likely have to take a backseat to 6-7, 230-pound Idaho transfer Jake Luton.
And the starter will be … Jake Luton, Jr.
– Oregon State 2017 Preview
It’s not the Cal situation of the past under Sonny Dykes. With a new coaching staff trying to balance things out a bit, the passing game won’t be quite as dominant. Sophomore Ross Bowers is a pure passer who might not be Davis Webb, but he can throw. Chase Forrest is another pro-style passer who could fit in, but he’ll likely be battling with redshirt freshman Max Gilliam for the backup spot.
And the starter will be … Ross Bowers, Soph.
– Cal 2017 Preview
With Anu Solomon taking off for Baylor, Brandon Dawkins should have the full-time job. Maybe. He took over late last season, and while he was great running the ball, he struggled throwing it – to be nice. Khalil Tate wasn’t much better, but he’s neck-and-neck with Dawkins for the gig.
And the starter will be … Brandon Dawkins, Jr.
– Arizona 2017 Preview
As good as Sefo Liufau was, he couldn’t stay in one piece. Stephen Montez stepped in and was terrific at times, but he needs more time – he wasn’t accurate enough. He’s a great passer who can move, while 6-4, 215-pound redshirt freshman Sam Noyer will be groomed as the top backup.
And the starter will be … Stephen Montez, Soph.
– Colorado 2017 Preview
8. Arizona State
It’ll be a fascinating fight up until the start of the season. Manny Wilkins wasn’t awful last season, but he didn’t lead the way to wins over the second half of the year. He’s got the talent and the experience, but he’ll likely take a back seat to Alabama transfer Blake Barnett. A great get this offseason, Barnett has the talent to be the best passer yet under head coach Todd Graham.
And the starter will be … Blake Barnett, Soph.
– Arizona State 2017 Preview
Alabama transfer Cooper Bateman was a one-time star recruit – and some thought he might end up taking over the starting job in each of the last two seasons. Now he’ll likely be a wide receiver for the Utes. Troy Williams is a good veteran, but he has to be better and more consistent. Former Florida Player of the Year Tyler Huntley will be the backup.
And the starter will be … Troy Williams, Sr.
– Utah 2017 Preview
Ryan Burns dabbled with the idea of transferring, but he chose to stick around. Can he and/or will be be the guy who can lead the way if Keller Chryst’s injured knee isn’t ready to go? K.J. Costello could slide into the starting role with a great fall practice run. Flip a coin, but …
And the starter will be … Ryan Burns, Sr.
– Stanford 2017 Preview
New head man Willie Taggart has his guy. Justin Hebert took his lumps after taking over the job midway though last year, and now, even in a conference will plenty of top QBs, the Ducks have a standout. 6-3, 215-pound sophomore Travis Jonsen is a fantastic dual-threat option as the main backup.
And the starter will be … Justin Hebert, Soph.
– Oregon 2017 Preview
4. Washington State
It was a massive coup for the program to get Luke Falk back for another year to run the Mike Leach offense. However, losing good backup Peyton Bender to Kansas – where he’ll likely start – stinks. It’ll likely be up to 6-3, 217-pound sophomore Tyler Hilinski to be ready to roll if Falk goes down.
And the starter will be … Luke Falk, Sr.
– Wazzu 2017 Preview
The rise of Jake Browning into one of the nation’s most efficient and effective passers was a big reason Washington went from good to Pac-12 Champion fantastic. He’s obviously the star again, while junior K.J. Carta-Samuels is a decent enough prospect to step in and keep things going if disaster strikes.
And the starter will be … Jake Browning, Jr.
– Washington 2017 Preview
When healthy, Josh Rosen is one of the nation’s best quarterbacks and a likely top ten overall NFL Draft pick if he chooses to come out next year. But what happens if he gets hurt again? Devon Modster is an interesting young backup, but the Bruins season hinges on whether or not The Rosen One is back to form.
And the starter will be … Josh Rosen, Jr.
– UCLA 2017 Preview
Last year’s season-starter Max Browne is now slinging it for Pitt. Jalen Greene is an interesting option – the left-hander saw time at receiver – but Jack Sears the star prospect who’ll be groomed for the near future. Oh yeah – and the Trojans have the presumptive favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
And the starter will be … Sam Darnold, Soph.
– USC 2017 Preview