Preview 2010 - Big East Quarterback Rankings
USF QB B.J. Daniels
B.J. Daniels wasn't expected to be a big part of USF's 2009 season, but he came through when thrown into the spotlight. Several Big East quarterbacks saw action for the first time last year, and now the hope is for the experience to pay off. Check out the CFN Preview 2010 Big East Quarterback Rankings.
Preview 2010 - Big East
The Top Quarterbacks
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1. Zach Collaros, Jr. Cincinnati
Although they didn't know it at the time, the Bearcats got a gift when Tony Pike was injured last fall. It allowed the 6-0, 216-pound Collaros to pick some valuable experience that's sure to serve him well over the next two years. He was a revelation during a five-game stretch, all Cincy wins, finishing 93-of-124 for 1,434 yards, 10 touchdowns, and two picks. Of equal importance, he rushed for 344 yards and four scores on 57 carries. He was clutch in wins over South Florida and West Virginia, and prolific versus lesser opponents. His combination of athleticism and accurate throws on the intermediate routes is a perfect for Butch Jones' spread attack.
2. B.J. Daniels, Soph. USF
Daniels was always considered the future at the position, but no one figured that future would begin in 2009. After Matt Grothe was lost for the year in September, Daniels took over in the final 10 games, finishing 122-of-227 for 1,983 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Mobile, he rumbled for a team-high 772 yards and nine touchdowns on 175 carries. One of the team's best all-around athletes, the 6-1, 210-pound also has a much stronger arm than his predecessor and is poised beyond his years. He's the franchise in Tampa for the next three seasons.
3. Tom Savage, Soph. Rutgers
It was common knowledge that the 6-5, 230-pound Savage would be the quarterback of the future the moment he signed his letter of intent. Few, however, thought it would happen so quickly. The sophomore took over behind center early in his rookie year and never looked back, finishing 149-of-285 for 2,211 yards, 14 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. With the potential to be the best hurler in school history, he has terrific arm strength and uncommon poise for such a young player. In terms of upside, the sky's the limit, provided his offensive line can keep him from getting knocked around like a piñata.
4. Zach Frazer, Sr. Connecticut
It's taken a few years of frustration, but the Huskies finally have a quarterback to build a passing game around. Frazer, the former Notre Dame transfer, took hold of the job last year, starting seven games that included an interruption from a knee injury. At 6-4 and 236 pounds, he's a classic pocket passer, with the rifle to make all the throws to go along with improved mechanics from last season. In his first good chance to showcase his repertoire, he went 116-of-218 for 1,461 yards, 10 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. What those numbers don't tell, however, is that he improved down the stretch, finishing with five touchdown passes and just one pick in wins over Syracuse, South Florida, and South Carolina.
5. Geno Smith, Soph. West Virginia
With Jarrett Brown graduating , the Mountaineers will have a virtual unknown behind center for the first time since Pat White was a freshman five years ago. The likely successor is the 6-3, 210-pound sophomore, who rose to the No. 2 spot in his first year out of high school. Injuries afforded him some valuable reps in five games, allowing him to go 32-of-49 for 309 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. With a terrific arm, poise in the pocket, and a high football IQ, which was why he attracted offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU, Clemson, and Michigan. While he was limited in the spring by a broken bone in his foot, he'll be fine by the summer.
6. Ryan Nassib, Soph. Syracuse
A year ago, Syracuse went the free agent route, giving the ball to Duke transfer Greg Paulus for one season. Now, it's back to farm system and the 6-2, 224-pound Nassib, who played in 10 games and went 36-of-68 for 422 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He's solid where the coaches need him to be, performing with poise, sound fundamentals, and a good feel for the offense. As a passer, he exhibits a quick release, throws a catchable ball, and has good footwork. More than anything, he just needs more snaps and better support from the rest of his teammates.
7. Tino Sunseri, Soph. Pitt
The graduation of Bill Stull, who'll be missed more than anyone anticipated, opens the door for the Sunseri era to begin in Pittsburgh. After being the backup and playing sparingly in five games, he took full control of this opening in the offseason. A strategic recruit from the 2008 class, he's a natural leader, with enough zip and accuracy on his throws to be an effective passer in this league. While no dual-threat, he has the quick feet to escape trouble and avoid a sack. The knock on the 6-2, 210-pound sophomore is his stature, which will force him to keep his elbow high in order to avoid having balls deflected.
8. Adam Froman, Sr. Louisville
The Cardinals have a wide-open situation at quarterback that might not get settled until late in the summer. All three players who started games in 2009 are back, but the offense needs just one to step up and take charge. The battle is likely to come down to a pair of seniors, the 6-4, 227-pound Froman and the 6-3, 229-pound Justin Burke. Froman took the most snaps a year ago, his first out of Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College, going 111-of-185 for 1,354 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions. After an awkward debut, he has enough arm strength, mobility, and toughness to put it behind him.
9. Pat Bostick, Jr. Pitt
In the 6-3, 225-pound Bostick, the Panthers believe they have an ideal backup in the No. 2 hole. A veteran of 16 games and nine career starts, he redshirted last year rather than blowing a season of eligibility on the bench. No, he hasn't fulfilled the lofty expectations that accompanied his arrival, but he has the most experience and a firm grasp on the system. Though unlikely to unseat Sunseri, he's a luxury to have in the bullpen.
10. Cody Endres, Jr. Connecticut
The capable backup will once again be the 6-4, 223-pound Endres, who has the benefit of 12 career starts over the last two seasons. When Frazer hurt his knee last September, he stepped into the lineup, going 98-of-154 for 1,354 yards, six touchdown, and four interceptions. He's made strides since his debut, and has the size, toughness, and zip on his passes that make him a valuable commodity coming off the bench.