Preview 2010 - MAC Quarterback Rankings
Miami University QB Zac Dysert
The MAC has had more than its share of top shelf quarterbacks over the years boasting stars like Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, Ben Roethlisberger and Dan LeFevour. Now there's a new crop of very young, very interesting QBs led by Miami's Zac Dysert. Check out the CFN ranking of the top MAC quarterbacks.
Preview 2010 - MAC
- MAC Skill Position Rankings
1. Zac Dysert, Soph. Miami University
Out of all the chaos of last year and all the problems , Dysert became a positive throwing for 2,611 yards and 12 touchdowns while running for 258 yards and five scores. He threw for 300 yards or more in four games including a 426-yard, three score day against Temple, and he was on fire for a three-game stretch bombing away for 1,118 yards against NIU, Toledo, and Temple. Predictably for a freshman starter, he made a slew of mistakes with 16 interceptions throwing two or more in six of his 11 appearances. At 6-4 and 207 pounds he has good size and is a good enough rushing option to carry the ball at least 15 times a gain. While he finished second in Ohio high school history with 11,174 passing yards (even with a few games misses with a broken thumb), he's more than just a pocket passer with the ability to run the spread and make it shine.
2. Chandler Harnish, Jr. Northern Illinois
How is Harnish's knee? The 6-2, 219-pound junior was thrown into the mix early as a freshman and came up with a brilliant 326-yard day in a loss to Minnesota, but he got hurt and didn't take back the job until the second half of the season. Last year he started out well, but he got injured again only to return for the final three games to gut it out during the final stretch. He completed 64% of his throws for 1,670 yards and 11 touchdowns with six interceptions, but four of his picks came in the final three outings. Athletic and mobile, he could have problems making things happen on the move with a knee that needs surgery, but is being given nothing more than a rest as he's trying to see if he can play through it.
3. Boo Jackson, Sr. Ohio
While he'll be pushed hard for the job, Jackson is the leader and the star of the show when he's healthy. That's a problem after missing all offseason recovering from a shoulder surgery, but on the plus side, he was hurt so early last year that he was given an extra year of eligibility. The 6-1, 202-pound veteran is a good runner, but not an elite one, and is an improve passer completing 17-of-30 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown before getting hurt. Boo (real name Franshaw) has a live arm and he's used to being a part of a quarterback controversy and rotation, but he has to come back roaring this fall to take the job.
4. Alex Carder, Soph. Western Michigan
Carder didn't get a whole bunch of work or a whole lot of chances to show what he could do behind Tim Hiller, completing 5-of-7 passes for 27 yards and ran for 16 yards in mop-up duty. Now he gets his shot to make the offense his. At 6-2 and 224 pounds he's a big, thick passer who was a huge recruit for the program a few years ago. He has a next-level arm and the mobility the offense has been lacking from WMU quarterbacks (particularly Hiller) over the past few years. The coaching staff won't be afraid to use him to bomb away.
5. Spencer Keith, Soph. Kent State
Keith took over the starting job early on in his true freshman season and made a slew of mistakes. However, he showed tremendous upside completing 57% of his throws for 2,147 yards and 14 touchdowns with 11 interceptions, and he can run a little bit gaining 84 yards and a score. At 6-3 and 215 pounds, he's tall, he got bigger to withstand more of a pounding, and he's healthy after suffering a separated shoulder last year.
6. Austin Dantin, Soph. Toledo
The plan was for Aaron Opelt to light up defenses like a Christmas tree all season long, but halfway through the year, Dantin, a true freshman had to step in and he did a decent job leading the way to wins over Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan and throwing for 326 yards against Bowling Green. At 6-2 and 189 pounds, the sophomore isn't all that big, but he has a decent, accurate arm and he can run. Now he needs to be more consistent and has to limit the little mistakes, but after completing 66% of his passes for 962 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions, he has the inside track for the job.
7. Ryan Radcliff, Soph. Central Michigan
Good luck, Ryan. All you have to do is replace a legend in Dan LeFevour. The 6-2, 202-pound sophomore got a little time in blowouts and struggled completing just 48% of his throws for 115 yards with two interceptions, but he ran well for 48 yards and a score. The understudy last year, now he'll get a chance to be the main man as part of a more balanced offense, and with a live arm he'll get to push the ball deep. Drafted by the Colorado Rockies, he's got a great gun, and while he won't run like LeFevour, he'll take off from time to time.
8. Vaughn Charlton, Sr. Temple
Alright, Vaughn, it's time to start producing more through the air. The 6-4, 230-pound senior has been around and a part of the mix for three years with a year off in 2008, and now he has to show he can throw the forward pass after completing 50% of his throws for 1,390 yards and ten touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He's a big, strong passer who put up decent yards over the first half of last year and was solid in the EagleBank Bowl throwing for 159 yards and two scores, but he needs to be better. While he's too erratic and doesn't run, he's smart and is a good leader with the respect of his teammates.
9. Alex Gillett, Soph. Eastern Michigan
A very smart, very promising recruit last year, Gillett stepped in late in the season and took over the starting job. The sophomore isn't all that big at 6-1 and 203 pounds, but he's a great runner, finishing second on the team with 484 yards and two scores. His passing touch needs work after only completing 49.6% of his throws for 763 yards and three touchdowns with seven interceptions, but he's a smart, athletic playmaker who can be the type of baller the offense works around for the next few years.
10. Kelly Page,, Soph. Ball State
For the second straight year, Page will have to fight for the starting job, but he has the starting experience to have the edge. The 6-3, 211 pounder started seven games but suffered a broken thumb that limited him late, and it's not like he did anything before getting hurt completing 53% of his passes for 1,019 yards and seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's mobile, running for 128 yards and two scores, but he's not the most dangerous option on the move. While he's big, smart, and is a great prospect, he needs to get the passing game moving early on to stay the starter.
11. Phillip Bates, Jr. Ohio
Boo Jackson might be the proven veteran, but Bates, an Iowa State transfer, is the freak of nature who could become one of the MAC's most dangerous weapons. Not only does he has 6-2, 223-pound size, but he's a deadly runner averaging 6.9 yards per carry and a good enough passer to get by. He needs to be more consistent and far more accurate, but he's the type of playmaker who'll be tough to get off the field. Used as a receiver at times at Iowa State after Austen Arnaud took the starting job by the horns, he could end up being moved around just to get in the offense.
12. Matt Schilz, RFr. Bowling Green
Good luck trying to figure out the Bowling Green quarterback situation with four viable starters. Schilz got the bulk of the work with the ones this spring and even started the spring game, but he sputtered and struggled with his accuracy and consistency. At 6-2 and 184 pounds he doesn't look all that imposing, but he has a live arm and the moxie to take the starting job by the horns. The Californian had several offers from BCS schools and had his pick of the non-BCS teams, and he has the potential to be the face of the program if the coaching staff is willing to live through the rookie mistakes.