Who are the projected starting quarterbacks for each MAC team?
Current Projected Starter: Kato Nelson, Jr.
It’s an open gig with a new coaching staff coming in under head man Tom Arth, but Nelson is a solid veteran – but he has to stay healthy. Sophomore Alex Ramart saw time last season, but he’s likely the No. 3, at best. Sophomore Drew Hodgson and D-II transfer Robbie Kelley are the more likely backup options.
Ball State Cardinals
Current Projected Starter: Drew Plitt, Jr.
It stinks that Riley Neal bolted for Vanderbilt, but Plitt was the more effective passer – at times – last season. It’s Plitt’s starting gig with sophomore John Paddock a promising backup who saw time last season.
Bowling Green Falcons
Current Projected Starter: Jarret Doege, Jr.
For all of the problems last year, Doege was a plus with 27 touchdown passes and close to 2,700 yards. He’s the starter for her head man Scot Loeffler, but there’s a fight for the backup spot. Junior Grant Loy saw time last season, but the job is open.
Current Projected Starter: Kyle Vantrease, Jr.
It would’ve been nice if Tyree Jackson stayed around for another year, but Vantrease is a decent option – if he can grab the gig. 6-5, 220-pound junior Dominic Johnson and 6-4, 220-pound redshirt freshman Matt Myers are all deep in the mix for the starting job. The fight will go on through August.
Central Michigan Chippewas
Current Projected Starter: Quinten Dormady, Sr.
Tennessee/Houston transfer Dormady has the talent and upside, but he’s never been able to make it happen. Now he’s Jim McElwain’s guy, but there are a whole lot of other options. Tommy Lazzaro is the likely No. 2 with Tony Poljan moving to tight end, but JUCO transfer David Moore is a veteran who can see time and be in the mix.
Eastern Michigan Eagles
Current Projected Starter: Mike Glass, Sr.
Tyler Wiegers is gone after a solid year, and now it’s up to Glass to build off his strong season as the main backup – he threw nine touchdown passes and just one pick. There’s no shortage of other options with 6-4, junior Isaac Stiebeling and promising redshirt freshman Aaron Jackson getting their chances.
Kent State Golden Flashes
Current Projected Starter: Woody Barrett, Jr.
Barrett came in from Auburn and showed flashes for the Flash Fast style of offense. Junior Dustin Crum was the main backup last season, but he has to hold off sophomore Pryce Taylor and redshirt freshman Marquez Glover.
Miami University RedHawks
Current Projected Starter: Alex Mazone, Sr.
Gus Ragland is done, and now it’s up to Malzone – a former Michigan transfer – to handle the job. He’s the veteran talent who should shine as the No. 1, but the RedHawks have five other options. Sophomore Jackson Williamson leads the pack.
Northern Illinois Huskies
Current Projected Starter: Marcus Childers, Jr.
The Huskies have their veteran winner in Childers to take over under new head man Thomas Hammock … maybe. NIU came up with a terrific signing in transfer Ross Bowers from Cal. Junior Anthony Thompson and redshirt freshman Jiya Wright are factors in the backup pecking order.
Current Projected Starter: Nathan Rourke, Sr.
Rourke has been the star of the show for the last few seasons, but Quinton Maxwell was a big part of the attack. Maxwell is in the NCAA transfer portal, giving redshirt freshman Joe Mischler and sophomore Drew Keszei shots at the No. 2 role.
Current Projected Starter: Mitchell Guadagni, Sr.
Guadagni was the main man last year before getting hurt, and now junior Eli Peters is the returning veteran who got to show what he could do. Redshirt freshman Carter Bradley got in a little work last season, but he’s the almost certain No. 3.
Western Michigan Broncos
Current Projected Starter: Jon Wassink, Jr.
It’s a fantastic situation. Sophomore Kaleb Eleby took over the job last season after Wassink went down with a foot injury, and he’s getting most of the work with the ones in the offseason. Wassink is the better quarterback, but he’s not coming back until August. Senior and former Illinois transfer Alex Mussat has a little time logged in.