In the first of a four-part series, we examine the sleeper names to monitor as 2010 spring camps unfold around the country. Some guys are coming back from injury, some are transfers, some were redshirt freshmen in 2009, and some are true freshmen that enrolled early.
When it comes to quarterbacks you must realize that many players don’t turn into fantasy gold right away. But there are still some guys that could make immediate impacts in 2010.
Top 2010 Pre-Spring Sleepers: Quarterbacks
Dayne Crist – Notre Dame (Jr)
The stage is set nicely for Dayne Crist. Jimmy Clausen exists for the NFL, and Charlie Wise has been let go. Now Brian Kelley enters as head coach and brings with him a reputation for molding fantasy quarterbacks. Crist has the most experience of the players battling for the starting job. He has not been named the clear-cut started, but it’s safe to assume he’ll be lining up under center once the season begins.
Jamie Hampton – Troy (R-Jr)
Jamie Hampton is not a young or unproven commodity. Hampton won the starting QB job in 2008, but after 5 games he suffered a season ending knee injury. Then the coaches decided to redshirt him for the 2009 season for senior Levi Brown. Now he’s back at the helm of the offense. In his 5 games from 2008, Hampton had 1,283 total yards and 13 total touchdowns.
John Brantley – Florida (R-Jr)
John Brantley has spent his career in the shadow of Tim Tebow . Tebow is off to the NFL and its Brantley’s offense now. The offense looks to take a change of approach with Tebow gone, and one theme that has been floating out there is that the offense will become more like a traditional spread offense. This will give Brantley more passing opportunities, and fewer opportunities for “Tebow-esk” running plays.
Brandon Weeden – Oklahoma State (Jr)
There are several new items with the Oklahoma State offense. Dana Holgorsen comes over from Houston to run the offense, and brings with him a very pass happy attack. Zac Robinson and Dez Bryant have left and leave spots in the offense for new players to emerge. Weeden should emerge as the eventual winner of the QB battle. If some playmakers can step up at WR, and if RB Kendall Hunter is 100% again; Weeden should become a major fantasy player in the second half of the season.
Robert Marve – Purdue (Miami-Fl Transfer)
Robert Marve was Mr. Football in Florida back in 2006 before signing with the Miami Hurricanes. Marve didn’t play until 2008 and his performance was inconsistent, prompting the coaches to start Jacory Harris and Marve to look for a new school. Purdue is in need of a new trigger man and has an offense that can put up good fantasy numbers. If Marve can find a way to cut down on the interceptions he should become a good fantasy option.
Cameron Newton – Auburn (JC Transfer)
Cameron Newton started his collegiate career as Tim Tebow’s back-up at Florida. Then he transferred to Blinn (Texas) Community College where he amassed 3,488 total yards and 38 total TDs on his way to a junior college championship. His dual-threat ability makes him the perfect candidate to take over for the graduated Chris Todd. Newton’s ability to make an immediate fantasy impact will depend on how quickly he picks up the offense this spring.
Geno Smith - West Virginia (So)
Geno Smith is another dual-threat quarterback that has high potential in the fall. Smith stepped in for an injured Jarrett Brown against Marshall last season and led the team to a 24-7 victory. Since then Mountaineer fans have been seeing big things for Smith in 2010. Geno will miss the spring due to a broken left foot. Losing those valuable snaps in the spring could delay Smith’s ability to make a fantasy impact until the back half of the 2010 season.
Other 2010 Pre-Spring Sleepers To Keep an Eye On
Sean Renfree – Duke (R-So)
Tyler Smith – Maryland (T-Fr)
Bryn Renner – North Carolina (R-Fr)
Brendan Cross – Wake Forrest (R-Fr)
Kale Pick – Kansas (R-So)
Quinn Mecham – Kansas (JC Transfer)
Chris Harper – Kansas State (Oregon Transfer) *could play other positions*
Devin Gardner – Michigan (T-Fr)
MarQueis Gray – Minnesota (So)
Cannon Smith – Memphis (Miami-Fl Transfer)
Taylor Cook – Rice (Miami-Fl Transfer)
David Isabelle – UAB (R-So)
Ryan Radcliff – Central Michigan (So)
Zac Dysert – Miami, OH (R-So)
Casey Weston – Northern Illinois (JC Transfer)
Phillip Bates – Ohio (Iowa State Transfer)
Jake Heaps – BYU (T-Fr)
Austyn Carta-Samuels – Wyoming (So)
Steven Threet – Arizona State (Michigan Transfer)
Morgan Newton – Kentucky (So)
Chris Relf – Mississippi State (Jr)
Phillip Butterfield – Arkansas State (R-Fr)
Wesley Carroll – Florida International (Mississippi State Transfer)
Ross Jenkins – Louisiana Tech (Sr)
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