Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Week 4 Total QB Rating

Heisman voters looking to split hairs between quarterbacks leading highly ranked teams can do no better than checking these ESPN Total QB Ratings. Tua, Haskins, and Grier top the list with Jake Fromm not far behind. Further back are Trace McSorley and Jake Browning, with media darlings Khalil Tate and Brandon Wimbush bringing up the rear. Wimbush has already lost some playing time, and is in danger of losing more.
The GT/Clemson game was a tale of four QB’s: both young backups earned TQBR’s more than double the senior starters. Let’s hope both coaches come to their senses. Each week starters Bryant and Marshall perform worse and worse. It may be time to add Clemson’s Lawrence to the Heisman watch lists.
Now Lawrence has been named the starter – for Saturday’s game against Syracuse (the team that took an early lead, then knocked Bryant out of the game, and ruined Clemson’s undefeated 2017 season). Though Dabo maintained Bryant would continue to get playing time, and ESPN announcers reported each week that both QB’s got along swimmingly, the demotion has caused Bryant to announce he’s transferring. So much for being “all in.”
A much different situation than last year at Georgia. Sophomore Jacob Eason lost his job to freshman Jake Fromm, but spent the season on the bench, rehabbing and working on his game. Only after the season ended did Eason announce his plans to transfer.
Some team will surely grab Bryant, perhaps even a SEC school like Auburn, Florida, LSU, or Arkansas (Georgia Tech could use him as well), but a change in scenery won’t help him throw the tough routes more accurately, help him spot his second and third options, or improve his woeful QB rating.  
01. 97.8 Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama starter
02. 96.4 Justin Fields, Georgia true freshman backup
03. 95.6 Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
05. 93.7 Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
06. 91.2 Will Grier, West Virginia Heisman contender
09. 87.2 Trevor Lawrence, Clemson freshman starter
17. 83.0 Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
18. 82.4 Drew Lock, Missouri senior
19. 81.8 Tobias Oliver, Georgia Tech redshirt freshman backup
24. 79.6 Jake Fromm, Georgia sophomore starter
31. 77.7 Shai Werts, Georgia Southern
49. 70.1 Trace McSorley, Penn State Heisman contender
52. 69.4 Jake Browning, Washington Heisman contender
54. 68.0 Joe Burrow, LSU
55. 67.1 Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin playoff contender
56. 67.1 Jake Bentley, South Carolina
62. 66.4 Eric Dungey, Syracuse
63. 66.4 Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
71. 64.7 JT Daniels, Southern Cal true freshman
74. 63.6 Kyle Shumur, Vanderbilt
78. 62.5 Malik Rosier, Miami
79. 62.4 Anthony Brown, Boston College
82. 61.0 Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech
86. 59.6 Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee
92. 55.8 Khalil Tate, Arizona pre-season all-America
95. 55.2 Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame
104. 52.9 Feleipe Franks, Florida
112. 48.7 Jalen Hurts, Alabama backup
116. 47.5 Dan Ellington, Georgia State
126. 43.2 Deondre Francois, Florida State
136. 39.6 Kelly Bryant, former Clemson starter
157. 29.5 Taquon Marshall, Georgia Tech starter

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