3. Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State
Normally grad transfers don’t work out, especially when one’s come in during fall camp. Fresno State’s gamble to bring in Marcus McMaryion from Oregon State played out well. He sat for about a month learning and then took over to help lead the Bulldogs to one of the biggest one-year turnarounds in college football history.
With a full offseason for McMaryion, it would make a lot of sense to see him be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Perhaps the Bulldogs offense will catch up with the defense?
2. Ty Gangi, Nevada
To be honest, Gangi was somewhat close to being the top quarterback in this way-too-early rankings. However, that could be a bit too optimistic at this point, but it would not be overly shocking that Gangi could lead the Mountain West as the best statistical signal-caller. In the second half of last year, he was a top-tier MW quarterback by being tied with Boise State’s Brett Rypien in touchdown passes in October and November. In that same time, he had over 2,000 passing yards to lead the league.
1. Brett Rypien, Boise State
Last year was not great for Rypien as he split time with Montel Cozart, but with him being the guy and getting 100 percent snaps look for Rypien to take a step forward in 2018. Keeping his offensive coordinator for another year helps as well with Zak Hill in the same position for the third-straight year.
Once he earned more reps late over the year with Montell Cozart, it was clear what Rypien could do if he was getting 100 percent of the snaps.