Five College Football Teams Set For Big QB Improvements – VSiN Exclusive News – News
College football now has its own version of free agency, with player auction programs through NIL and the transfer portal.
Under the old rules, transfers had to wait a year unless they met certain criteria. Nowadays, any player who announces his intention to transfer before May 1st is eligible for fall sports.
While teams moving to quarterback year-over-year aren’t new, it’s certainly a lot easier to do these days.
Let’s take a look at some schedules slated for big upgrades to the QB spot in 2022.
Caroline from the south
Coach Shane Beamer is building a new culture in Colombia and the Gamecocks look like a growing program. Beamer’s price for a 7-6 season was a mild concussion and a bath of mayonnaise after South Carolina’s 38-21 victory over North Carolina at the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. Dakereon Joyner, once a rookie QB but no longer a wide receiver for South Carolina, has just 39 career pass attempts after starting at QB in the Mayo Bowl.
This is perhaps the most improved QB room in the country. Spencer Rattler arrives from Oklahoma as a former five-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals. He threw 40 touchdown passes to 12 interceptions with a 70.1% completion rate at OU. The Gamecocks also brought in two highly touted freshmen in Tanner Bailey (Alabama) and Braden Davis (Delaware). 247Sports ranked Bailey as the 15th best QB in the class and Davis as the 27th.
Nine players attempted to move to the Gamecocks last season, with Luke Doty, Jason Brown and Zeb Noland getting the bulk of the work. Collectively, this trio posted a 57.5 percent completion percentage for 2,386 yards with 20 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. The Gamecocks finished 95th in passing yards per game and 74th in passing yards per game.
For a team with an offense that ranked 104th in points per game and a defense that ranked in the Top 50, Rattler’s presence could end up making a huge difference.
Speaking of transfers to Oklahoma, Caleb Williams followed coach Lincoln Riley to USC and has no competition for the starting gig (Kedon Slovis transferred to Pitt and Jaxson Dart to Ole Miss). Slovis and Dart had 20 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions last season. Both struggled with injuries and the offense suffered as a whole when wide receiver Drake London broke his ankle.
A TD/INT ratio of 21/13 – Miller Moss threw the other TD pass – is not the norm in Los Angeles and Williams and Riley were brought in to restore the mark. Because Williams already knows the system, it has a chance of working from day one, especially since the Trojans have really attacked the transfer gate for wide receivers.
Williams should give the QB position the explosive potential it has lacked since Sam Darnold threw for over 4,000 yards in 2017. Williams had a 21/4 TD/INT ratio at Oklahoma and ran for six more scores.
Coach Scott Frost appeared to repeatedly stake his reputation on the arm and decision-making of Adrian Martinez with little to no return. Fortunately, that pairing is made, as Martinez heads to Kansas State and Frost starts the season with one of the hottest seats in the country.
The transfer from Texas Casey Thompson represents a notable upgrade, especially under the tutelage of freshman offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. Thompson posted a 30/9 TD/INT ratio over three seasons in Austin, but it was pretty clear that Quinn Ewers was going to be the Longhorns guy, so the junior left town.
Although Thompson is mobile, he will be more of a pitcher than Nebraska in recent seasons. Martinez ran for 13 touchdowns.
Martinez threw 30 interceptions in four seasons at Lincoln, and as long as Thompson takes better care of the ball than that, especially in the red zone, the Cornhuskers should end a five-year drought.
Just about anything would be an upgrade for the Bulls, but picking Gerry Bohanon from Baylor is a very nice improvement. USF quarterbacks posted a 6/12 TD/INT ratio last season, with rookie Timmy McClain throwing five touchdowns to seven interceptions.
Bohanon, a four-star prospect in the Class of 2018, had an 18/7 TD/INT ratio for Baylor last season but lost his job at the end of the season due to injury and lost a battle of spring with freshman Blake Shapen. Bohanon goes to an unfamiliar conference for defense and has a chance to thrive as a dual threat after rushing for nine touchdowns last season.
The Bulls were 102nd in passing offense and 110th in yards per play.
This upgrade has nothing to do with the transfer portal but simply with health. The Blue Raiders were so hurt at QB that four different players started games. The most successful was Chase Cunningham, who had a 16/3 TD/INT ratio on 176 pass attempts. He suffered a torn ACL on October 30 and missed the rest of the season.
Cunningham, who benefited from the retirement of Bailey Hockman after the transfer from NC State, is likely the starter this season. Nick Vattiato, who was supposed to wear a red shirt last season but played after Cunningham fell and was named Bahamas Bowl Offensive MVP, also has a chance to play in the new Air Raid offense. OC Mitch Stewart.
Regardless of who plays, this group should be in better health and will be much more experienced after finishing 108th in yards per play.
Arizona: The Wildcats secured the transfer from Washington State Jayden of Laura, the Pac-12 Offensive Rookie of the Year last season with a 23/9 TD/INT ratio and 63.2% completion percentage . Arizona’s QBs had 18 interceptions for 12 touchdown passes and three different players started games.
Indiana: Connor Bazelak wasn’t great in Missouri last season with a 16/11 TD/INT ratio, but it was better than the 9/15 TD/INT ratio posted by Hoosiers QBs. Bazelak completed over 65% of his passes, while Indiana had a 51% completion percentage.