Even with several transfers still up in the air, who has the best, worst, and in-between quarterback situations and depth charts?
Going into the summer and fall camp, how do all the quarterback situations look?
For those teams with a battle for the job, it’ll be the daily story up until the opener, but some situations are settled with superstars with no depth. Some teams have a slew of great talents, but no sure thing No. 1.
So, based on a combination of established starter, experience, talented backups, options, and possibilities for each depth chart – remember what happened to Florida State last year – here’s the ranking of how good all 130 quarterback situations are at the moment.
14. Boston College Eagles
Current Projected Starter: Anthony Brown, Soph.
Brown needs to be back from the torn ACL that knocked him out late last year. If he’s not ready, there’s a problem with Darius Wade transferring to Delaware. EJ Perry got in most of the work this spring with Brown out, but watch out for a grad transfer to come in and help the cause.
13. Virginia Cavaliers
Current Projected Starter: Bryce Perkins, Jr.
There are a whole lot of eggs put in the Perkins basket. The JUCO transfer from Arizona State has to be ready right away with the depth – even with last year’s No. 2 man Lindell Stone back – a bit iffy.
12. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Current Projected Starter: Kendall Hinton, Jr.
Hinton should be more than fine taking over for John Wolford – he has the experience to go from Day One. Jamie Newman is an interesting big bomber with – likely – the No. 2 job.
11. Duke Blue Devils
Current Projected Starter: Daniel Jones, Jr.
Can Jones be a wee bit better? When he was good, Duke was great. Backup Quentin Harris has seen a little time and can run.
10. Pitt Panthers
Current Projected Starter: Kenny Pickett, Soph.
Can Pickett build off what he started late last season? He’d better with Ben DiNucci transferring to James Madison. JUCO transfer Ricky Town is a one-time super-recruit who’ll push for the job right away, and star freshman Nick Patti might be the best of the bunch.
9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Current Projected Starter: TaQuon Marshall, Sr.
Marshall will be one of the best runners in all of college football, but there’s a battle for the No. 2 job with Matthew Jordan retiring a year early.
8. North Carolina Tar Heels
Current Projected Starter: Chazz Surratt, Soph.
This is a sneaky-good situation. The Tar Heels went with youth and inexperience last year, and now it should pay off with two good options in Surratt, Nathan Elliott and a great recruit in Jace Ruder coming in. Flip a coin between Elliott and Surratt.
7. Louisville Cardinals
Current Projected Starter: Jawon Pass, Soph.
There’s no Lamar Jackson, but the Louisville quarterback will always be strong. Pass is good, but Malik Cunningham might just be the better option as the offseason goes on.
6. NC State Wolfpack
Current Projected Starter: Ryan Finley, Sr.
Finley’s decision to return for one more year gives the Wolfpack hope to be a player in the ACC. Behind him, though, is a problem with Jalan McClendon choosing to transfer.
5. Syracuse Orange
Current Projected Starter: Eric Dungey, Sr.
As long as Dungey can stay on the field, the Orange offense will be dominant. There’s experience behind him, but redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito is the statistical superstar-in-waiting.
4. Virginia Tech Hokies
Current Projected Starter: Josh Jackson, Soph.
It’s not just that Jackson is looking like one of the ACC’s best young stars, there’s experience behind him, too. Former Kansas transfer Ryan Willis, Nebraska transfer AJ Bush, and Hendon Hooker will fight for the No. 2.
3. Miami Hurricanes
Current Projected Starter: Malik Rosier, Sr.
Do you like the steady veteran or the superstar-in-waiting? Last year’s starter Malik Rosier can play, but N’Kosi Perry is the one who might be the missing piece to take the Canes to another level. Everyone is waiting for Perry to be amazing, but Rosier isn’t giving up the gig.
2. Florida State Seminoles
Current Projected Starter: Deondre Francois, Jr.
The off-the-field issues don’t appear to be a barrier for Francois, and he’s expected to be healthy and ready to go for the start of the season coming off his broken leg suffered against Alabama. Last year’s starter, James Blackman, has the experience to push for the job, and Bailey Hockman is an interesting X factor, too.
1. Clemson Tigers
Current Projected Starter: Trevor Lawrence, Fr. Kelly Bryant, Jr.
Just how good is Kelly Bryant? He’d better be amazing with Lawrence, arguably, the nation’s top recruit coming in, and Hunter Johnson a fantastic recruit last year who’ll get every shot at the job. Bryant might be the solid veteran, but Lawrence looked the part of a franchise passer this spring.