College Football 2013: Ranking every mid-major conference's quarterbacks

Ranking every mid-major conference's quarterbacks

7/3/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Believe it or not, there are a ton of successful mid-major quarterbacks to continue their playing careers in the NFL—this includes recognizable names like Kevin Kolb, Ben Roethlisberger, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton and Bruce Gradkowski, among others.Blog Photo - College Football 2013: Ranking every mid-major conference's quarterbacks

There are currently 22 quarterbacks on NFL rosters from lower-tier conferences such as Conference USA, the Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt.

After thorough research and hours of film study, I have compiled a ranking for each mid-major conference's quarterbacks. There are names that you should already know, and some that you will know by season's end.

Some of the best prospects come from smaller schools. Names on this list are no exception.


*Projected starter



Conference USA

1. Rakeem Cato, JR, Marshall (2012 stats: 4,201 pass yards, 37 touchdowns, 11 interceptions)
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2. Shane Carden, JR, East Carolina (3,116 yards, 23 touchdowns, 10 interceptions)

3. Scotty Young, JR, Louisiana Tech

4. Logan Kilgore, SR, Middle Tennessee (2,571 yards, 16 touchdowns, 6 interceptions)

5. Jake Medlock, JR, FlU (2,127 yards, 13 touchdowns, 3 interceptions; 236 rush yards, 3 touchdowns)

6. Cody Green, SR, Tulsa (2,592 yards, 17 touchdowns, 11 interceptions; 283 rush yards, 4 touchdowns)

7. Taylor McHargue, SR, Rice (2,209 yards, 12 touchdowns, 5 interceptions; 667 rush yards, 11 touchdowns)

8. Kyle Sloter, FR, Southern Miss 

9. Eric Soza, SR, UTSA (2,085 yards, 20 touchdowns, 3 interceptions; 364 rush yards, 6 interceptions)

10. Melvin German III, SR, FAU

11. Nick Montana*, JR, Tulane

12. Austin Brown, SO, UAB (2,648 yards, 15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions)

13. Brock Berglund*, SO, North Texas

14. Carson Meger, SR, UTEP


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1. Jordan Lynch, SR, NIU (3,138 yards, 25 touchdowns, 6 interceptions; 1,815 rush yards, 19 touchdowns)

2. Tyler Tettleton, SR, Ohio (2,844 yards, 18 touchdowns, 4 interceptions; 244 rush yards, 4 touchdowns)

3. Keith Wenning, SR, Ball State (3,095 yards, 24 touchdowns, 10 interceptions)

4. Cody Kater*, JR, Central Michigan

5. Terrance Owens, SR, Toledo (2,714 yards, 14 touchdowns, 8 interceptions; 395 rush yards, 5 touchdowns)

6. A.J. Doyle*, SO, UMass

7. Matt Schilz, SR, Bowling Green (2,585 yards, 14 touchdowns, 12 interceptions)

8. David Fisher*, SR, Kent State

9. Joe Licata, SO, Buffalo (1,045 yards, 7 touchdowns, 3 interceptions -- became starter in Week 10)

10. Tyler Benz, JR, Eastern Michigan (1,506 yards, 14 touchdowns, 8 interceptions)

11. Kyle Pohl*, SO, Akron

12. Austin Boucher, JR, Miami-of-Ohio

13. Tyler Van Tubbergen, SR, Western Michigan (1,825 yards, 15 touchdowns, 11 interceptions)
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7/4/13   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

gregfishback wrote:
You write well. I just get frustrated with writers (experts) who don't actually watch the players. It's why so many highly rated QBs never pan out. It's a business. The QBs from big, metropolitan areas get stars and recruited, most of them are actually buried in the depth charts.

I taped every rep/play to at every camp. I can tell you with confidence that the experts spend very little time actually watching the QBs. Rather, they stand around talking to each other, glancing at their top rated guys, take some pictures and then interview their top rated QBs. I saw this at multiple camps. The QB could have looked terrible. The "experts" would wright about how great the kid performed. 

When I read your piece, it reminded me of the lack of knowledge or actual research that goes into evaluations of QBs. Don't get me wrong, it's what motivates the QBs who get ignored.

My rankings were based on my own analysis, not anyone else's. I watched any film available on every player and broke down strengths and weaknesses. Projected starters are from what I've seen and are my opinion.

7/4/13   |   gregfishback

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
Care to elaborate on what part of the rankings you're upset about?

You write well. I just get frustrated with writers (experts) who don't actually watch the players. It's why so many highly rated QBs never pan out. It's a business. The QBs from big, metropolitan areas get stars and recruited, most of them are actually buried in the depth charts.

I taped every rep/play to at every camp. I can tell you with confidence that the experts spend very little time actually watching the QBs. Rather, they stand around talking to each other, glancing at their top rated guys, take some pictures and then interview their top rated QBs. I saw this at multiple camps. The QB could have looked terrible. The "experts" would wright about how great the kid performed. 

When I read your piece, it reminded me of the lack of knowledge or actual research that goes into evaluations of QBs. Don't get me wrong, it's what motivates the QBs who get ignored.

7/4/13   |   gregfishback

You are projecting a starter who had a high rating by experts out of high school who doesn't have a chance at starting. I'm sure you'll figure it out when the season starts. 

7/3/13   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

gregfishback wrote:
Basing your opinions on "expert" projections is CLUELESS.  Just watch, listen and legitimately evaluate the talent. I took my Son to 23 camps. The experts rated QBs from the 2011 class with 2, 3 and 4 stars who threw the ball like a disabled person. (similar to the Dad in that VW Commercial who was trying to show his kid how to throw a ball) It's a joke.

Care to elaborate on what part of the rankings you're upset about?

7/3/13   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

gregfishback wrote:
You don't do research. 

Do tell.

7/3/13   |   gregfishback

Basing your opinions on "expert" projections is CLUELESS.  Just watch, listen and legitimately evaluate the talent. I took my Son to 23 camps. The experts rated QBs from the 2011 class with 2, 3 and 4 stars who threw the ball like a disabled person. (similar to the Dad in that VW Commercial who was trying to show his kid how to throw a ball) It's a joke.

7/3/13   |   gregfishback

You don't do research.