Top QBs Set to Shine in 2019
Han Vance on American college football: The quarterback position is more than ever the most important position on the field in college football. Let’s look at some of the quarterbacks set to shine in 2019 action.
Georgia’s Jake Fromm, a junior, is tops in the nation versus the blitz (since 2017) throughout his career and finished as the third-highest rated passer in the nation in 2018, behind Heisman winner Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) and Tua Tagovailoa, an upcoming junior at Alabama.
Tua won the 2017 national championship as a backup inserted into the lineup at halftime of the final game for fellow ’17 national champ Jalen Hurts, who has transferred to Oklahoma to replace Murray. Oklahoma actually had back-to-back Heisman QBs, with Baker Mayfield winning the award the year prior.
Sophomore Trevor Lawrence won the 2018 national championship for Clemson, who has now won two-of-three titles. Fellow prototypical pocket passer Justin Herbert, who decided to stay in school at Oregon, looks to be the number one overall NFL draft pick after this season. While Lawrence projects at #1 to the league the following year. Though, things can definitely change in the eyes of the NFL.
Staying out West, former Georgia starter Jacob Eason has completed his sit out year at Udub and is now the starting quarterback for CFP contender Washington. I expect him to look well-coached, under guru Chris Petersen. Likewise, look for former Georgia backup Justin Fields to start at QB, he for a perennial CFP contender in Ohio State. The Urban Meyer era has ended for the Buckeyes.
Sam Ehlinger at Texas is a great dual-threat quarterback, looking to parlay his Sugar Bowl MVP win into a Big 12 title and CFP entry. He and Jalen Hurts look to be tops in wheels. Though neither is an elite passer, it’ll be interesting to see them duel it out after two OU-Texas meetings in 2018.
Versatile Kelly Bryant, who guided Clemson to a CFP final, now suits up in the SEC for Mizzou.
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