Who are the projected starting quarterbacks for each Conference USA team?
Current Projected Starter: Chris Reynolds, Soph.
New head coach Will Healy has a nice situation. Reynolds is back after missing most of last season with an injured ankle, former Miami transfer Evan Shirreffs is a veteran who can fill in, and USF transfer Brett Kean will be deep in the hunt for the job.
Florida Atlantic Owls
Current Projected Starter: Nick Tronti, Soph.
Sophomore Chris Robison is the starter if and when he comes off his indefinite suspension, but Tronti – an Indiana transfer – has looked the part of a No. 1 quarterback. JUCO transfer and former Kent State Golden Flash Justin Agner and redshirt freshman Cordel Littlejohn are seeing practice time.
FIU Golden Panthers
Current Projected Starter: James Morgan, Sr.
Former Bowling Green transfer Morgan turned in a great first season before getting banged up. He’s the starter, with a fight underway for the No. 2 spot after Christian Alexander transferred. Sophomore Kaylan Wiggins is a good option, but redshirt freshman Caleb Lyman has the bigger upside.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Current Projected Starter: J’Mar Smith, Sr.
Smith has been the main man for the last two seasons. Be shocked if there’s much of a fight to unseat him, but junior Westin Elliott and redshirt freshman Aaron Allen will battle for the backup gig.
Marshall Thundering Herd
Current Projected Starter: Isaiah Green, Soph.
Wagner transfer Alex Thomson was supposed to step in and be fantastic, but Green took over the job early and was … fine. Nothing special, but he was good enough. He’s the starter with Thomson a solid backup option.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Current Projected Starter: Asher O’Hara, Soph.
Brent Stockstill is done after (seemingly) 16 years with the program. O’Hara is neck-and-neck-and-neck with a pair of redshirt freshmen. Chase Cunningham isn’t big, but he can move, and Chance Nolan has had a nice offseason.
North Texas Mean Green
Current Projected Starter: Mason Fine, Sr.
Fine has been a fixture of UNT football for the last few years. With main backup Quinn Shanbour done, Kason Martin has the most experience, but redshirt freshmen Austin Aune and Jason Bean will get their chances for the No. 2 job.
Old Dominion Monarchs
Current Projected Starter: Messiah deWeaver, Jr.
It’s a strong situation. Michigan State transfer deWeaver is a 6-5, 220-pound bomber, but Stone Smartt is a JUCO transfer who could play right away, and Steven Williams started in 2017 before redshirting last year. Hayden Wolff was one of the team’s top recruits and should be the future of the program.
Current Projected Starter: Tom Stewart, Sr.
It’s an open job looking for anything that works. Sophomore Evan Marshman is in the mix, but sophomore Wiley Green got more work last season. They’ll likely have to step aside for Stewart, a Harvard transfer who came up with a strong 2018 before suffering a hip injury in the season finale.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Current Projected Starter: Jack Abraham, Jr.
It’s a battle for the job, but Abraham is coming off a nice season – it will take something special to knock him out of the top spot. Sophomore Tate Whatley got in some work last year, but he has to hold off freshman talent Jaden Johnson.
Current Projected Starter: Tyler Johnston, Soph.
Johnston spent last year backing up AJ Erdely and threw more touchdown passes after taking over late in the year – 11 to 7 – and he’s had a strong offseason. It’s a young group of freshmen trying to make up the backup pecking order, but be stunned if JUCO transfer David Hendrick isn’t the No. 2.
Current Projected Starter: Kai Locksley, Sr.
Can Locksley stay in one piece? He’s a talent, but he suffered ankle problems and the offense suffered. Senior Brandon Jones is a good-sized former JUCO transfer, and 6-5, 200-pound freshman TJ Goodwin is the future of the program.
Current Projected Starter: Cordale Grundy, Sr.
There too many quarterback options to choose from, and someone has to rise up and move the attack. It’s a five-man fight that isn’t likely to be settled until deep into fall camp.
Sophomore Jordan Weeks has the talent, and true freshman Suddin Sapien is an interesting option, but consider it a fight between LSU transfer Lowell Narcisse and Grundy, a former JUCO transfer who was last year’s leading passer – with 989 yards and five scores.
Current Projected Starter: Ty Storey, Sr.
There are plenty of prospects to get the O going under new head man Tyson Helton. Storey came in from Arkansas to take over the job, but he’ll have to beat out junior Steven Duncan after leading the team with nine touchdown passes. Sophomore Davis Shanley saw plenty of work, too.