Utah State Football: Ranking 2022’s Opposing Quarterbacks
The Aggies’ conference title defense will depend a lot on how they slow down the quarterbacks they’ll face this fall.
A few big asks on the schedule.
12. UConn – Ta’Quan Roberson or Tyler Phommachanh
Phommachanh is the lone holdover among the trio of Huskies QBs who saw extended action in last year’s mess, but things are far from settled on this front with Roberson, a Penn State transfer, now in the mix. He wasn’t great in spot duty last season with the Nittany Lions, most notably in a close loss to Iowa, but both will get every chance to win the job outright in fall camp.
11. New Mexico – Miles Kendrick or Isaiah Chavez or CJ Montes
After Terry Wilson got hurt last season, the Lobos passing game totally fell apart. Chavez and Montes combined to average a meager 3.5 yards per attempt on 200 throws, but both will get another chance to claim the starting job with a more experienced offense around them. They’ll have to contend with Kendrick, a transfer from Kansas, but it wouldn’t be a shock if this competition extended into the season.
10. Weber State – Bronson Barron
Barron’s first two years with the Wildcats have had their share of ups and downs: After being named a 2021 finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the FCS’s top freshman, and pushing Weber State to a Big Sky title, Barron only played in eight games last fall as he was slowed by injury. In the end, he completed 61% of his passes for 1,515 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.
9. Wyoming – Andrew Peasley
The former Aggie quarterback ended up in Laramie thanks to the transfer portal, but Utah State may not miss him much after exchanging him for Levi Williams. If he can maintain the level of big plays he generated last year — six of his 28 completions went for 20 or more yards — Cowboys fans should be happy with that.
8. Hawaii – Brayden Schager or Cammon Cooper
Schager improved from week to week in his time as a starter last season, but he also doesn’t have the physical stature that Cooper brings to the table. The latter has seen the field less overall, but if the Warriors want someone who can stand in and take hits while getting the ball downfield, Cooper might be the better fit. Either way, the quarterback depth here is fine.
7. UNLV – Cameron Friel or Doug Brumfield or Harrison Bailey
The Rebels have a different kind of quarterback quandry for a change. Each of Friel, Brumfield, and Bailey have flashed potential in limited stints on the field, but none have fully established themselves as full-time starters just yet. Whichever choice is made could have a substantial impact on the entire conference, but you’d also be forgiven for not buying in given the program’s overall history.
6. Colorado State – Clay Millen
Millen comes into 2022 with very high expectations, but it’s worth remembering that Todd Centeio had a decent game against the Aggies defense (18-of-29, 282 yards, one touchdown and one interception) that no one remembers because of the ending. Chances are the redshirt freshman will be asked to do more, but the bar isn’t on the floor here.