This really is the Year of the Quarterback.

Pete Fiutak elaborates.

Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Justin Fields, Jake Fromm – be shocked if they’re not all top 15 overall NFL Draft picks, and maybe even top five.

Take those four, and let’s add in a few relatively random-good veterans who got off to hot starts: Iowa’s Nate Stanley, Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, and Utah’s Tyler Huntley.

Over the first month of the season, these seven passers combined to connect on 73% of their throws, average 9.5 yards per attempt – to put this into perspective, just four quarterbacks finished last year averaged more than that – with 84 touchdown passes, and … (wait for it) …

No interceptions.

822 pass attempts. 84 touchdowns. No picks. That’ll work, but it seems like a few others might be missing …

Jalen Hurts sucks now, of course, after finally throwing his first and only interception of the year. He can be forgiven just this one time considering he’s averaging a mere 15.2 yards per throw with 12 touchdown passes so far.

LSU’s Joe Burrow is somehow still the starter despite throwing two interceptions. The Tigers were able to overcome the issues because its quarterback also threw 17 touchdown passes while averaging 12.3 yards per throw.

And this can go on and on and on …

Remember how were all worried about Miami starting freshman Jarren Williams? Yeah … 73% for 1,027 yards and seven touchdowns with no picks.

Sam Ehlinger of Texas? He’s connecting on 73% of his passes, and averaging 8.8 yards per throw, with 15 touchdowns and a just one interception.

Washington’s Jacob Eason? 71% for 1,243 yards and ten scores with just two interceptions.

Washington State’s Anthony Gordon? He has fat, dumb, happy and entitled his way to 22 touchdown passes with six picks while completing 72% of his throws.

You want to know how crazy this is?  Jake Fromm has a passer rating of 180.48, which would surpass the program’s record:  Aaron Murray’s 2012 rating of 174.82.  Murray finished a close second nationally that season in passer rating.  Fromm is currently ranked eleventh, almost seventy points behind the leader.

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8 responses to “This really is the Year of the Quarterback.

  1. Tony Barnfart

    With all the competition, gotta think a team or two may actually keep a rising senior around when they otherwise would be as good as gone.

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  2. Macallanlover

    Incredible performances indeed, you have to wonder how the rule changes in favor of the offenses has changed the game while obliterating the prior records and comparisons with past QBs.

    I keep thinking there will be some changes allowing balance to return to football but the public seems to prefer a 63-60 type game to something like 28-24 levels of offense. Almost video game/Arena football like every Saturday in the college game, and that has extended the length of most games. I really disliked the 13-10 type games we got under Dooley; there has to be a happy medium, doesn’t there?

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  3. Macallanlover

    Incredible performances indeed, you have to wonder how the rule changes in favor of the offenses has changed the game while obliterating the prior records and eliminating fair comparisons with past QBs.

    I keep thinking there will be some changes allowing balance to return to football but the public seems to prefer a 63-60 type game to something like 28-24 levels of offense. Almost video game/Arena football like every Saturday in the college game, and that has extended the length of most games. I really disliked the 13-10 type games we got under Dooley; there has to be a happy medium, doesn’t there?

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  4. Anon

    Which is why Fromm will be back senior year?

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  5. spottieottie

    Somewhere a Florida DB is scoffing with the argument “well yeah, all they’re running is slant routes.”

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Isn’t Fiutak the guy who predicted utk to go 9-3?

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  7. And football Hanson checks in at #57, only 9 slots behind Guarantano, and 10 ahead of the Barn’s 2019 Heisman contender…

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