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Ranking C-USA’s Starting Quarterbacks

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Conference USA’s quarterback power rankings are topped by two rising juniors who enjoyed prolific seasons a year ago, followed by a quartet of solid seniors. After that, however, the picture is much murkier.

Five of C-USA’s 14 teams will turn to a first-year starter in 2013. All of them are talented, yet on the flip side all of them are also vastly inexperienced.

2013 Preseason C-USA Starting QB Rankings

RK School Name Class 2012 Stats Summary
1 Rakeem Cato Jr. 69.5%, 4,201 PASS YDS, 37 PASS TD, 11 INT Geno Smith wasn’t the only college QB in West Virginia last year to put up video game-like stats. Just a junior, Cato stands to only get better directing the nation’s top passing offense from 2012 (365.1 YPG).
2 Shane Carden Jr. 66.1%, 3,190 total YDS, 31 total TD, 10 INT Taking over as ECU’s starter in Week 3 of 2012, Carden threw for the third-most yards ever in a season by a Pirates QB (3,116). Expect more of the same in 2013 with his top WR and entire O-line returning.
3 Eric Soza Sr. 58.9%, 2,449 total YDS, 26 total TD, 3 INT Yes, the going will be rougher for Soza and a UTSA offense that returns nine other starters in the school’s first C-USA season. But there’s no denying Soza’s panache leading the Roadrunners’ attack.
4 Taylor McHargue Sr. 59.7%, 2,876 total YDS, 23 total TD, 5 INT McHargue is the conductor of a potent Owls rushing attack (201.8 YPG). Yet don’t be surprised to see him spelled by Driphus Jackson, who threw for two TDs in Rice’s bowl win last year when McHargue was injured.
5 Cody Green Sr. 54.4%, 2,875 total YDS, 21 total TD, 11 INT While Tulsa will still rely heavily on its explosive ground game in 2013, Green should be much better in his second season as the starter now that a throwing shoulder injury that bothered him in 2012 has healed.
6 Logan Kilgore Sr. 63.3%, 2,571 PASS YDS, 16 PASS TD, 6 INT Entering his third season as MTSU’s starter, Kilgore is poised to have his best season yet. The Blue Raiders return four of five starting O-linemen and vow to be a more balanced offense after a run-heavy 2012.
7 Jake Medlock Jr. 57.8%, 2,563 total YDS, 16 total TD, 2 INT Medlock is both a talented runner and passer but can’t seem to stay healthy. If he misses time again this year, sophomore E.J. Hilliard could be ready to step in and lead the Panthers’ offense.
8 Austin Brown So. 57.5%, 2,648 PASS YDS, 15 PASS TD, 11 INT Brown was one of UAB’s bright spots during a 3-9 season, earning C-USA All-Freshman honors. Heading into 2013, however, he’s being pushed by senior Jonathan Perry, who started eight games in 2011.
9 Jameill Showers Jr. *61.4%, 358 total YDS, 2 total TD, 1 INT Showers was in the Texas A&M QB race last offseason prior to Johnny Manziel’s meteoric rise. He’s a dual-threat QB in Manziel’s mold and will have the benefit of being surrounded by several returning skill players.
10 Derek Thompson Sr. 57.5%, 2,629 PASS YDS, 14 PASS TD, 14 INT The Mean Green have an underrated offensive line, so Thompson should have ample time to throw in his third year as UNT’s starter. The question is to whom, as an upgrade at receiver is sorely needed.
11 Scotty Young Jr. ^63.3%, 4,467 PASS YDS, 64 PASS TD, 13 INT One of the top high school QBs in Texas in 2009 spent two years marooned on Texas Tech’s bench prior to his transfer to Louisiana Tech. Now it’s asking a lot of him to keep the Bulldogs’ stellar offense humming.
12 Kyle Sloter Fr. ¹57.7%, 2,305 total YDS, 20 total TD Physically tantalizing at 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds, Sloter stands to benefit greatly from the tutelage of new HC Todd Monken, the former Oklahoma State OC who brings a pass-first offense with him to Hattiesburg.
13 Nick Montana Jr. ²63.2%, 2,652 PASS YDS, 22 PASS TD, 11 INT The youngest child of HOF quarterback Joe Montana started out at Washington before heading to the JuCo ranks for a year. He’ll get help from a corps of solid Green Wave wideouts and RB Orleans Darkwa.
14 Melvin German III Sr. ³64.5%, 3,301 total YDS, 27 total TD, 17 INT German ran FAU’s scout team last year due to academic issues. On paper, his all-around ability is a good fit for OC Brian Wright’s spread offense, but he hasn’t seen any game action since 2011.

*From 2012 season at Texas A&M

^From 2009 season at Ryan (TX) High School

¹From 2011 season at Mount Pisgah Christian (GA) School

²From 2012 season at Mt. San Antonio (CA) College

³From 2011 season at Pearl River (MS) Community College

 
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