Pro Football Focus Ranks College Quarterbacks: What About The Mountain West
Who is the best Mountain West QB?
Who does PFF like?
The quarterback is always the glamor position within the sport of football and that is why rankings and lists of whatever about a quarterback are always controversial — we will have our own rankings before fall camp.
Well, Pro Football Focus put out its 1-130 ranking of all of the FBS quarterbacks. In addition to ranking the quarterbacks, it also gleams a light on who will be the starting quarterback for certain teams. At times, PFF puts multiple players and others they just outright say who they feel is the starter despite that information is not publicly known.
No. 11 – Carson Strong, Nevada
This should come as no shock as he broke out onto the scene last year to earn Mountain West offensive player of the year and is likely to be the preseason favorite for that award as well. The only gripe is that he probably should be in the top 10 nationally.
A key note via PFF: Strong threw four touchdowns that traveled 50-plus yards through the air. That’s the most in a single season in the PFF College era — no other quarterback in the FBS in 2020 had more than one.
No. 41 – Jake Haener, Fresno State
He had an uneven season last year with a few amazing games and some subpar games, so his ceiling is quite high. What he needs to do is make sure when he has an off game, it is not a potential game-killing performance. With what is returning on offense, this Bulldogs unit could rival the Wolf Pack as the conference’s best.
No. 43 – Nick Starkel, San Jose State
Starkel burst onto the scene in the Bay Area and led the Spartans to its first ever Mountain West football title. He had little-to-no success at Texas A&M and then Arkansas, but the magic was found in San Jose. He led a Spartans offense that was explosive and moved the ball against any and all teams. The only question is can he do it again in 2021.
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This is a good problem to have for Boise State. Bachmeier has started since he was a true freshman and played only a handful of games last year due to COVID-19 issues within the program. Sears had far fewer reps and played well but it is hard to really compare him to Bachmeier. There will be a competition this fall to see who will be QB1.
No. 64 – Logan Bonner, Utah State
This one is interesting since the Aggies have a new head coach in Blake Anderson who came over from Arkansas State, as does Bonner who was a starter in the Sun Belt. The offense is conducive for points and yards, and last year while the starter at Arkansas State, Bonner played in 11 games and had 18 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
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No. 73 – UNLV, Justin Rogers
OK… this seems a bit odd. Rogers was hurt last year and played in just two games and completed 14 of 22 passes and one touchdown. To go along with what talent — or lack thereof — that the Rebels have, this seems quite high compared to the rest of the other quarterbacks that have yet to be seen on this list.
This seems like it should be Wilson’s job to lose since he was the quarterback when Kentucky football actually had a good year finishing 10-3 and No. 12 in the final AP poll. Since that 2018 year, he has not played as much since due to a knee injury but the talent is there. Tuioti has played a lot the past few years but he has never really been able to elevate the Lobos.
No. 92 – Wyoming, Sean Chambers
Chambers did not play last year and he is more of a running quarterback but the way he helped lead the Wyoming offense should not be ignored. This is an issue with PFF’s ranking of fun-first quarterbacks and that is those running numbers don’t compare well when looking at passing which is limited in comparison.
No. 93 – Hawaii, Chevan Corderio
Corderio has split time the past few years and was the starter for Hawaii last year. He was in the top third of every category within the league except for yards per attempt. The Warriors do lose a few key offensive coaches but this spot for Corderio seems criminally low.
No. 109 – Air Force, Haaziq Daniels
This all has to do with Daniels as a running quarterback. Similar to Chambers, Daniels is being punished for being in charge of an offense that throws a handful of times per game.
No. 110 – Colorado State, Todd Centeio
Centeio was named the starter in spring camp and that seemed a bit early since his performance in split time last year was not great. Perhaps the coaches saw something this spring to give him the job and maybe he got better with a full spring and upcoming fall camp.
This unit was not good during spring and this three-way battle will continue through fall camp. They barely completed passes and had interceptions during the spring game. The one QB that has the most potential is Johnson. He had a great first half vs. Nevada last year and had he stayed healthy in that game probably would have led SDSU to an upset. If he is back to 100% then there is no way the Aztecs will have the worst quarterback situation in the Mountain West.