Spring football is here for much of the college football world this week. For programs looking to replace their 2018 starting quarterbacks, the top story line is probably the battle at that position.
The increase of transfers, especially at the quarterback position in particular, definitely contributes to the intrigue. This year, some of the top programs in the country have new QBs set to take over via transfer.
The most notable are probably at Ohio State, which has Georgia transfer Justin Fields, and Oklahoma, where Alabama veteran Jalen Hurts is expected to take over. Both are the prohibitive favorites to win the jobs.
Other major college football programs have quarterback battles that are far more open.
Bleacher Report‘s Brad Shepard went through some of the major QB contests and predicted the winners.
Among the biggest programs on the list is Penn State. Earlier today, we found out that Tommy Stevens will be limited this spring after surgery on an unspecified injury.
Shepard still thinks the versatile veteran Stevens will win the job:
Sean Clifford is a former 4-star prospect with a big arm who threw a 34-yard touchdown pass in mop-up duty against Pittsburgh a season ago. And he may prove to be a worthy candidate to push Stevens.
But, in the end, the 6’5″, 240-pound Stevens will get his opportunity to lead Franklin’s program. He’s waited long enough and it’s going to be a big storyline to watch him in such a pivotal season for the Franklin regime.
He acknowledges that there could be a quick switch to Clifford if the offense isn’t rolling, especially considering Stevens’ utility as an h-back or tight end.
Some of the other battles he picks:
Auburn: Bo Nix over Joey Gatewood
Florida: Feleipe Franks over Emory Jones
Florida State: James Blackman over Alex Hornibrook
Miami: Jarren Williams over N’Kosi Perry, Tate Martell
Michigan State: Brian Lewerke over Rocky Lombardi
Oklahoma State: Dru Brown over Spencer Sanders
Wisconsin: Graham Mertz over Jack Coan, Danny Vanden Boom, Chase Wolf
For the full list, head to Bleacher Report.