CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: Sun Belt Team’s Quarterback Situation & Ranking
Going into the summer, what’s the quarterback situation and ranking for every Sun Belt team?
Not every quarterback situation is settled, but where does each Sun Belt team stand at the most important position? The ranking is based on the entire quarterback situation.
12. Coastal Carolina
Syracuse transfer Austin Wilson will likely get the first look, but there are other options for the new FCSer to play around with. There are four other options after a year when eight different players threw a pass. 5-9, 195-pound senior led the team in passing last year with ten scoring passes and just two picks in seven starts, but …
And the starter will be … Austin Wilson, Sr.
– Coastal Carolina 2017 Preview
11. Georgia State
Conner Manning had his moments. He wasn’t consistent, and he couldn’t get the offense going at times, but he threw a whale of a scare into Wisconsin. JUCO transfer Jaquez Parks and the quick Aaron Winchester will fight it out of the No. 2 job.
And the starter will be … Conner Manning, Sr.
– Georgia State 2017 Preview
Anthony Jennings came in from LSU and turned into a solid starter. He’s gone, and now it’s an open race between Jordan Davis and Dion Ray, with each needing to provide more pop to the downfield passing game.
And the starter will be … Jordan Davis, Jr.
– Louisiana 2017 Preview
9. South Alabama
Dallas Davis didn’t dominate, but he came up with a few massive wins to get the team bowl eligible. He’s a solid all-around veteran, while Marshall transfer Cole Garvin and UAB transfer Evan Orth will be in the hunt for the backup job.
And the starter will be … Dallas Davis, Jr.
– South Alabama 2017 Preview
8. New Mexico State
Tyler Rogers got a medical redshirt and should be able to crank up the passing game again. Nick Jeanty has seen enough time to be okay, and JUCO transfer Conner Cramer is ready to roll if needed. But …
And the starter will be … Tyler Rogers, Sr.
– NMSU 2017 Preview
7. Georgia Southern
Longtime quarterback duo Kevin Ellison and Favian Upshaw are gone. Now it’s likely up to Seth Shuman to run the option attack – if it’s not LaBaron Anthony or redshirt freshman Shai Werts. While Shuman has the experience, Werts was the best player this offseason. It’ll be a war for the job in August.
And the starter will be … Seth Shuman, Soph.
– Georgia Southern 2017 Preview
Matt Linehan has turned into a nice statistical star under head coach Paul Petrino. He’s a veteran now who knows how to get the offense moving, while Gunnar Amos and Mason Petrino will work as the backups.
And the starter will be … Matt Linehan, Sr.
– Idaho 2017 Preview
5. Texas State
A whole lot of pressure is being put on the new guy. With Nick Fitzgerald firmly entrenched as the star of the Mississippi State attack, Damian Williams transferred for his final season. The O needs playmakers, and he needs to be it. He’d better rock, because with Missouri transfer Eddie Printz gone, four true freshmen and one redshirt freshman are the backups.
And the starter will be … Damian Williams, Sr.
– Texas State 2017 Preview
Garrett Smith needs to be healthy, but if he is, he’s the difference-maker the ULM offense desperately needs. Caleb Evans and Will Collins got work last year and didn’t do enough with the offense.
And the starter will be … Garrett Smith, Jr.
– ULM 2017 Preview
3. Arkansas State
Former Oklahoma transfer Justice Hansen was in a fight for time early on last year, but he turned out to be great over the second half of the season. Now he needs to be more consistent, but the Red Wolves are set.
And the starter will be … Justice Hansen, Jr.
– Arkansas State 2017 Preview
2. Appalachian State
The Mountaineers have one of the Sun Belt’s best veteran ballers, Taylor Lamb isn’t a big bomber, but he’s been through the wars and knows what he’s doing. Sophomore J.P. Caruso isn’t all that big, but he can throw.
And the starter will be … Taylor Lamb, Jr.
– Appalachian State 2017 Preview
All Brandon Silvers did was rise up and throw for 3,180 yards and 23 touchdowns in a breakthrough season for the Trojans. Sophomore Sawyer Smith saw just enough time to get his feet wet.
And the starter will be … Brandon Silvers, Sr.
– Troy 2017 Preview