Who are the projected starting quarterbacks for each Independent team?
Army Black Knights
Current Projected Starter: Kelvin Hopkins, Sr.
The Knights are set with the return of Hopkins, but top backup Cam Thomas is out of the mix. It’s a four-man fight for the backup job, starting with strong, swift sophomore Tyler Tyler and fellow smallish speedster sophomore Jabari Laws. Junior Christian Anderson and sophomore Mike Mbony are taller options.
Current Projected Starter: Zach Wilson, Soph.
Wilson turned into the main man last season, but he’s going to get a bit of a fight – the job isn’t totally locked down. Okay, so it is, but freshman Jaren Hall was good enough this spring to at least have a conversation. Sophomore Joe Critchlow and freshman Baylor Romney provide nice depth.
Current Projected Starter: Stephen Calvert, Sr.
Calvert is back after throwing for over 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, but he threw 18 picks. New head man Hugh Freeze has other options with freshman Johnathan Bennett looking like a keeper. Mason Cunningham appears to be a key option for the backup spot, but he’s transferring out.
New Mexico State Aggies
Current Projected Starter: Josh Adkins, Soph.
Adkins had a decent first season as he grows into the job. He’s the starter, but senior Matt Romero was the man early on last season. He’s a solid backup option if sophomore Cameron Matthews – he’s a better thrower, Romero a better runner – doesn’t push for the No. 2 job.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Current Projected Starter: Ian Book, Sr.
With Brandon Wimbush now at UCF, Book is the offensive star going into the season without any question. Sophomore Phil Jurkovec, though, has looked and played the part this offseason. The 6-5, 225-pounder has a bigger upside than Book, but for now, he’s going to be a great insurance policy who could step in – head coach Brian Kelly is never afraid to make a change – if the offense isn’t moving.
Current Projected Starter: Michael Curtis, Soph.
It’s a big hit for the offense going from having two good starting quarterback options in Ross Comis and Andrew Ford to starting over. New head coach Walt Bell has a decent prospect in sophomore Michael Curtis who saw meaningful time last season, but junior Randall West – a basketball player who also plays football – is giving a push.