Mountain West Quarterback Rankings: A Clear Cut No. 1?
Post-spring rankings of the quarterback situations in the league.
A look into the most important position on the field.
With Athlon Sports putting together its ranking of all130 quarterbacks we felt it was time to bring back our quarterback rankings for the upcoming year.
There are a few schools which have not named its starter and those will obviously be a bit lower due to the uncertainty.
Also, there is a distinct tier level after the top three quarterbacks, but there is potential for a fourth to challenge for one of these top spots.
12. Cole McDonald, Chevan Cordeiro or Jeremy Moussa, Hawaii football
Former starter Dru Brown decided to transfer to Oklahoma State which led to a very wide open quarterback competition this fall. The Warriors are not only looking for a new signal-caller but the new offense is going to be a run-n-shoot, which by the way should be awesome. McDonald has the most experience as he completed 5 of 9 passed for 22 yards and a touchdown last year.
11. Tyler Vander Waal, Wyoming
Replacing Josh Allen in Laramie will be a huge task and after spring football it was Tyler Vander Waal who bested Nick Smith atop of the depth chart. Smith was the back up last year and had a few starts when Allen was hurt but he was not able to hold of Vander Waal who redshirted last year.
10. Tevaka Tuioti, New Mexico
The Lobos attack might look a little different in 2018 with new offensive coordinator Calvin Magee who came over from Arizona. Expect the quarterback to be more of a running threat despite last year’s attempt at making the #ThrowBos a thing. Tuioti played a good amount sharing time with Lamar Jordan. The job is not 100 percent Tuioti’s and two others in the mix are Coltin Gerhart and junior college transfer Sheriron Jones.
9. Montell Aaron, San Jose State
This might seem high for Aaron since the Spartans are going to be predicted to finish at the bottom of the Mountain West. However, he showed flashes of being a pretty good quarterback 1,531 passing yards and eight scores. Aaron was injured and missed time last year with a knee injury. Aaron should be the starting quarterback but look for last year’s starter (at times) Josh Love or even redshirt freshman Terrell Carter.
8. K.J. Carta-Samuels OR OTHER, Colorado State
With Collin Hill sidelined with an ACL injury, Colorado State took to the transfer market to bring in K.J. Carta-Samuels. The former Washington quarterback was going to join Chip Kelly at UCLA but ended up at Fort Collins and despite not playing this spring has a real good shot to be the starter to start the year.