Who are the projected starting quarterbacks for each Pac-12 team?
Current Projected Starter: Khalil Tate, Sr.
It’s not exactly Tate or Bust, but there’s no top-shelf No. 2 guy – at least not year. Junior Rhett Rodriguez would be the In Case Of Emergency option, but redshirt freshman Jamarye Joiner is the future and could emerge as the backup.
Arizona State Sun Devils
Current Projected Starter: Dillon Sterling-Cole, Jr.
If the season started right now, Sterling-Cole would likely be the starter thanks to his experience after serving as the main backup last season. But freshman Jayden Daniels is probably going to be The Guy sooner than later. He’s the star recruit with the high-end skills, and fellow freshman Joey Yellen is getting his shot, too.
Cal Golden Bears
Current Projected Starter: Chase Garbers, Soph.
Garbers took over the job as last season went on, but he was hardly Aaron Rodgers. He had a great offseason and looked ready to come up with a stronger season, but UCLA/JUCO transfer Devon Modster has emerged as a strong option with the backup gig all but locked up. JUCO transfer Jack Newman is getting his chances, too.
Current Projected Starter: Steven Montez, Sr.
Montez is the locked-in starter for new head man Mel Tucker, with junior backup Sam Noyer returning to his role. Redshirt freshman Blake Stenstrom and sophomore Tyler Lytle will fight it out for the No. 3 job.
Current Projected Starter: Justin Herbert, Sr.
It was Christmas for the program when Herbert decided to wait a year before going pro. He’s the franchise, but former backup Braxton Burmeister took off for Virginia Tech, leaving redshirt freshman Tyler Shough as the key No. 2.
Oregon State Beavers
Current Projected Starter: Jake Luton, Sr.
The Beavers got a nice break when Luton was granted an extra year of eligibility. However, Nebraska transfer Tristan Gebbia is No. 1A in the battle for the starting job. Conor Blount – who saw time in nine games – transferred to Eastern Kentucky. Junior Jack Colletto has starting experience.
Current Projected Starter: KJ Costello, Sr.
Costello is good enough to become a bigger Pac-12 star. 2018 super-recruit Tanner McKee is still on a church mission – he’ll be the most talented option on the roster next year – so senior Jack Richardson and sophomore Jack West will be the main backups again.
Current Projected Starter: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Soph.
Wilton Speight is done, so now it’a Thompson-Robinson’s gig from the start – at least for now. The backup situation is very, very thin with Matt Lynch moving to tight end. Sophomore Austin Burton is the likely main back for the moment, but freshman Chase Griffin has to be a factor
Current Projected Starter: JT Daniels, Soph.
Daniels is the one who has to rise up and become special in his true sophomore season … maybe. The offense has changed to a Texas Tech style of passing attack, and freshman Kedon Slovis, sophomore Jack Sears, and junior Matt Fink are all right there with a shot at the starting gig. It’ll be Daniels, but it might take all of August to get there.
Current Projected Starter: Tyler Huntley, Sr.
Huntley is back as the main man for the Ute offense, but sophomore Jason Shelley is a decent backup option after stepping in late last year and, essentially, saving the season when Huntley was hurt. Star prospect Jack Tuttle transferred to Indiana, meaning junior Drew Lisk moves up in the fight for the backup job.
Current Projected Starter: Jacob Eason, Jr.
The assumption is that Eason is the main man for the next two years after transferring over from Georgia and waiting a year, but sophomore Jake Haener was last year’s backup and is getting his chances, and redshirt freshmen Jacob Sirmon and Colson Yankoff are talented enough to at least get a long, long look.
Washington State Cougars
Current Projected Starter: Gage Gubrud, Sr.
This should be an interesting fight going deep into the summer. Gubrud’s the grad transfer from Eastern Washington with the talent and experience to pull a Gardner Minshew and handle the job from the start, but he’s coming off a foot injury and needs to show off this August.
6-4 redshirt freshman Cammon Cooper is a big-time talent who’s destined to be a starter at some point in his career, but he’ll likely take a backseat to seniors Trey Tinsley and Anthony Gordon who know the system.