Most Mistake-Prone QBs in College Football

Ian BergCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2013

Most Mistake-Prone QBs in College Football

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    Watching bad quarterback play is tough. Do you feel sorry for signal-callers performing terrible or simply sit back and laugh at their errors?

    There are a handful of quarterbacks battling for starting positions this fall that bring that question to the table. This is a look at six quarterbacks who can't seem to get through a game mistake free.

    College football wins are often determined by how the ball bounces, but most of the time you can point to solid quarterback play and find winning football.

    These six have to make major strides before the fall or their mistakes will lead their teams down the road to mediocrity in 2013. 

Nick Sherry, UNLV Rebels

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    Heading into the 2013 season, Nick Sherry is battling for his starting position as a rising sophomore guiding the Rebels offense.

    Last season, Sherry was thrown into the starting role as a freshman and performed moderately well, but his interception to touchdown ratio is one of the worst in the country.

    He tossed 16 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last year, tied for the most picks in the country a year ago.

    Sherry led the 2-11 Rebels to both wins last season, but neither game was pretty. He finished the year tossing interceptions in 10 games, with five games having multiple picks. He was also sacked 22 times.

    There has to be some growth from a year ago, but heading into the new year Sherry is one of the most mistake-prone signal-callers in the country. 

Connor Halliday, Washington State Cougars

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    Connor Halliday stepped into a tough situation as a rising sophomore in 2012, with Mike Leach taking over the program and implementing his own offense.

    Halliday saw on-and-off action throughout the year, but he is expected to be the leader heading into the spring to take the starting job after sharing time with then-senior Jeff Tuel.

    He finished with 13 interceptions and only 15 touchdowns in a pass heavy offense, and he also tossed interceptions in all but one game he appeared in. In four of those, he threw multiple picks.

    For Washington State to have a prolific offense it has to find a signal-caller that can be a high percentage passer—Halliday finished 2013 with a 52.2 completion percentage.

    There is a lot of development left to go in Pullman before Halliday falls off this list and shake off his reputation of a turnover waiting to happen. 

Sean Schroeder, Hawaii Warriors

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    When coach June Jones was at Hawaii, the Warriors had record-setting quarterbacks lining the sideline year after year. When Jones departed the offensive production changed, and guys like Sean Schroeder are now leading the offense.

    Schroeder struggled all year for Hawaii, completing just 50.9 percent of his passes, while tossing 12 interceptions and 11 touchdowns. He was also sacked 35 times last year.

    In six games this past fall, Schroeder finished with a quarterback rating of less than 100.

    Heading into his senior season, there has to be some adjustments made to his game to cut down on his miscues. Right now, fans hold their breath when Schroeder puts the ball in the air—often to cringe when the whistle blows.

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Logan Thomas chose to return for his senior year after debating a leap to the NFL after 2012.

    Thomas finished 2012 with a 51.3 completion percentage, 18 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and he was sacked 25 times.

    In all but one of Virginia Tech’s six losses, Thomas tossed multiple interceptions, and he had six games with multiple picks.

    The Hokies struggled to find offensive consistency last fall and it was because Thomas couldn’t hit a groove. He has the intangibles to be a great quarterback, but for some reason he can’t put it all together.

    Returning for a senior season was wise, but Hokies fans should be skeptical of his performance until he puts a few strong wins together next fall. 

Garrett Gilbert, SMU Mustangs

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    Garrett Gilbert came to SMU as a transfer from Texas looking for a new beginning. In 2011, he saw his first snaps but fell to injury and had to sit out the year after only two games.

    He started every game for the Mustangs last year, but put up very modest numbers. He threw 15 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, finishing with a 53 percent completion percentage.

    Gilbert was also sacked 33 times and finished with a quarterback rating of 105.5.

    Heading into the new year the Mustangs and June Jones are looking for more consistency from the experienced leader. His mistakes lost him the job at Texas and it may do the same at SMU if he doesn’t make strides this spring. 

Kiehl Frazier, Auburn Tigers

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    Kiehl Frazier entered his career for the Auburn Tigers as one of the most highly regarded quarterbacks in the country. Frazier was the 2010 USA Today Offensive Player of the Year coming out of high school.

    In limited action as a freshman Frazier looked ok as a running quarterback, but limited throws made him look bad as a passer.

    Last year he was handed the keys to the offense and by Week 5 he was pulled from the starting position.

    Frazier finished the 2012 season with a 53.4 completion percentage, eight interceptions and only two touchdown tosses. Frazier threw an interception in every game he started last year and finished with a quarterback rating of 99.9.

    Gus Malzahn has worked magic with quarterbacks in the past—Chris Todd in 2009—but this project may be doomed . It will be just a few short weeks before we will see if Frazier can improve under Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee’s instruction.