Who are the projected starting quarterbacks for each Mountain West team?
Air Force Falcons
Current Projected Starter: Donald Hammond, Jr.
It’s going to be a battle. Hammond might be the starter coming off of last season, but senior Isaiah Sanders was the team’s leading passer, and junior Beau English has been fantastic all offseason. It’s Hammond’s starting job, but there are options.
Boise State Broncos
Current Projected Starter: Hank Bachmeier, Fr.
It’s among the Group of Five’s most important quarterback battles with Brett Rypien done. With last year’s backup Chase Cord not ready until August as he gets over a torn ACL, the hype is growing around Bachmeier, a big-time recruit with the high-end passing skills to take over right away. Fellow freshman Kaiden Bennett is getting a shot, and former JUCO transfer Jaylon Henderson is experienced, but expect it to be the Cord/Bachmeier battle later this summer.
Colorado State Rams
Current Projected Starter: Collin Hill, Jr.
Hill stepped in and saw plenty of time behind KJ Carta-Samuels, but now he has the gig to himself as the unquestioned starter. However, Nebraska transfer Patrick O’Brien is a decent veteran with the upside to push for the job if Hill sputters, and sophomore Justice McCoy is fighting for the No. 2 spot.
Fresno State Bulldogs
Current Projected Starter: Jorge Reyna, Sr.
It’s Reyna’s time with Marcus McMaryion done, and he has to stay in one piece early on. There’s talent behind him, but no experience whatsoever – the other top options are freshmen. Hunter Raquet was supposed to be factor, but he’s transferring, leaving Steven Comstock and Ben Woolridge to get as much work as possible behind Reyna.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Current Projected Starter: Cole McDonald, Jr.
McDonald is the name guy after throwing for close to 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns, but sophomore Chevan Cordeiro got his feet wet last season and will get his cuts throughout the offseason.
Nevada Wolf Pack
Current Projected Starter: Cristian Solano, Sr.
Solano was the main backup behind Ty Gangi, and now he’s ready to handle the work. Former Florida State Seminole Malik Henry went the JUCO route, and now the junior push for the job along with 6-4, 220-pound redshirt freshman Carson Strong.
New Mexico Lobos
Current Projected Starter: Tevaka Tuioti, Soph.
Tuioti looked like he was about to take the offense and make it his before getting hit by injuries and missing most of the season with a broken clavicle. Senior Sheriron Jones took over, but was inconsistent. JUCO transfer Brandt Hughes and former Indiana State Sycamore Will Heckman are in the mix, too.
San Diego State Aztecs
Current Projected Starter: Ryan Agnew, Sr.
Agnew stepped in when Christian Chapman went down last season and was fine. Nothing amazing, but … fine. He’s the veteran who knows the system, but JUCO transfer Jordon Brookshire and sophomore Mark Salazar are decent options. Redshirt freshman Carson Baker is the future.
San Jose State Spartans
Current Projected Starter: Josh Love, Sr.
With Montel Aaron not a part of the mix, it should be Love or bust until options can rise up. Freshmen Chance LaChappelle and Nick Nash are the only other quarterbacks on the roster – watch out for the Spartans to be in the grad transfer hunt over the summer.
Current Projected Starter: Armani Rogers, Jr.
It’s a nice situation. Rogers is the franchise playmaker, but the passing game has to come around. Former JUCO transfer Max Gilliam stepped in last year and was solid, but redshirt freshman Kenyon Oblad is pushing hard.
Utah State Aggies
Current Projected Starter: Jordan Love, Jr.
Coming off a magnificent 32-touchdown season, now the offense is all Love’s under head man Gary Andersen. Sophomores Henry Colombi and Andrew Peasley each saw work last year.
Current Projected Starter: Tyler Vander Waal, Soph.
Vander Waal got most of the work last season, but he only threw for 1,310 yards and didn’t complete half of his passes. 6-3 redshirt freshman Sean Chambers is No. 1A in the race for the starting spot that will last deep into the summer.