Who are the projected starting quarterbacks for each American Athletic Conference team?
Current Projected Starter: Desmond Ridder, Soph.
Ridder took over the job last year and now looks like the face of the program type of quarterback for the next three seasons. Ben Bryant isn’t a bad No. 2 option.
East Carolina Pirates
Current Projected Starter: Holton Ahlers, Soph.
Ahlers rose up above the pack last year to take the starting job, but junior Reid Herring is a decent No. 2 option under new head coach Mike Houston. Kinglsey Ifedi transferred to North Carolina A&T.
Current Projected Starter: D’Eriq King, Sr.
King is expected to get past his knee injury to be a statistical superstar for new head man Dana Holgorsen. Sophomore Clayton Tune stepped in for King late last year, but freshman Logan Holgorsen will get his shot for the backup gig.
Current Projected Starter: Brady White, Sr.
White is back after throwing for close to 3,300 yards and 26 touchdowns. He’s the clear-cut No. 1 with sophomore Brady McBride a promising No. 2. Connor Adair and Markevion Quinn will fight with freshman Sheldon Laymon for the No. 3 spot.
Current Projected Starter: Dalen Morris, Jr.
Malcolm Perry could still turn into a factor under center, but he’s needed elsewhere. Morris is a bigger runner who’ll take over the job, with a slew of other options – including safety/linebacker Evan Fochtman – in the mix to run the show.
Current Projected Starter: Shane Buechele, Sr.
The Mustangs lost Ben Hicks to Arkansas, and they upgraded by landing Buechele as a grad transfer from Texas. He’s not in until fall camp, though, giving 6-4, 220-pound sophomore William Brown a shot to keep the gig he took over for a stretch.
Current Projected Starter: Anthony Russo, Jr.
Russo is the veteran main man to get the call for the start of the Rod Carey era, but he’ll get a token push from sophomore Todd Centeio. Redshirt freshman Trad Beatty will be in the hunt for the No. 2 job.
Tulane Green Wave
Current Projected Starter: Justin McMillan, Sr.
McMillian – a former LSU transfer – is the main man for the new hurry-up style of offense, but former Southern Miss starter Keon Howard is an interesting option to throw into the mix.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Current Projected Starter: Zach Smith, Jr.
This will be a massive battle going throughout August. Smith – a Baylor transfer – has the upside and talent to finally make the O go again, but sophomore Seth Boomer wasn’t bad after taking over the job in the second half of last year. Junior Luke Skipper – who threw for 716 yards last year with four scores and six picks – is back, too.
Current Projected Starter: Darriel Mack, Soph.
Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush is getting every opportunity in a dead-even battle that should last deep into fall camp. McKenzie Milton isn’t expected to be close to ready until 2020.
Current Projected Starter: Marvin Washington, Soph.
Washington was the No. 1 guy in spring ball after seeing time – and struggling – in three games last season, with redshirt freshman Steven Krajewski the No. 2. West Florida transfer Mike Beaudry should provide a push this summer.
Current Projected Starter: Blake Barnett, Sr.
With Brett Kean (Charlotte) and Chris Oladokun (Samford) transferring, there’s no looking over the shoulder for Barnett. The Bulls have to get freshmen Octavious Battle and Jordan McCloud work for next year.