As the 2010 season draws closer, I was looking at this year's sophomore signal callers who had good freshman years on campus in 2009.
With players graduating and other instances, the likelihood of a slump in production might happen to some of the quarterbacks that I've included in this slideshow.
After deciding against leaving Clemson, Kyle Parker returns to the Tigers to lead the offensive in his sophomore season. Parker led the offense with 20 touchdowns along with 12 interceptions for more than 2,500 yards in 2009.
Parker will have the potential for a slump going into 2010. The loss of playmaker CJ Spiller at running back will hurt an offense that finished third in the ACC in rushing. The loss of a serious running threat will also put addition pressure on the passing game and as a result the young quarterback.
The Clemson offensive line will return four of five starters from 2009 to help with the protection needs of Parker. Unlike the line, the receiving corps returns no starters from 2009 but will feature seniors Xavier Dye and Terrance Ashe to pull down touchdowns for the Tigers.
The 25-year-old former pro baseball pitcher Dave Shinskie will lead the Eagles in his sophomore season after setting freshman records for yards and touchdowns. In 2009, the freshman passed for a little more than 2,000 yards along with 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Shinskie will have junior running back Montel Harris to run the ball, along with four returning offensive lineman. I think that a slump won’t be in store this season, but more like an even kind of season until Shinskie gets more experience.
As Jones takes over the offense as his own this year, he will have to deal with a new offensive line as only three starters return in 2010. Jones will not have to worry about any kind of slump since Oklahoma will always possess weapons for their quarterbacks.
The running back position will feature Demarco Murray to carry the load on the ground and take pressure off Jones. The receiving corps will feature juniors Ryan Broyles and Dejuan Miller along with senior tight end Eric Mensik as targets in Norman for the 2010 season.
Savage will enter this season as the most experienced in the Big East in 2010. I see the sophomore slipping from what he accomplished in 2009 as the offense will return only five starters to Piscataway.
In addition, junior running back Joe Martinek will try to improve on his own sophomore season as he neared 1,000 yards rushing with nine touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Mohamed Sanu will be the only returning starter as he got the bulk of the catches along with being a potential big time playmaker in 2010.
The sophomore quarterback will not have the Big East fooled as he electrified opponents in 2009, leading the team in passing and rushing for nearly 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns.
The offense will have six returning starters on offense to help with Daniels' learning curve under new coach Skip Holtz. The key returners for the Bulls will be seniors running back Moise Plancher and receiver Dontavia Bogan as the key playmakers in 2010.
The Wolverines quarterback will have a better 2010 than 2009 as the Rodriguez offense will enter its third season in Ann Arbor. The offense will have more players accustomed to the style of spread offense scheme that was used in West Virginia during Rodriguez’s time in Morgantown.
Michigan will have six returning starters, including two junior receivers in Martavious Odoms and Junior Hemingway, along with sophomore Roy Roundtree, who led the team in 2009. The offensive line will need help as it will be severely inexperienced with only two returners, including one senior and two juniors.
Luck will have a difficult 2010, as Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart has moved on to the NFL this spring. The Cardinal offense will return seven to a senior-laden side of the ball this season.
The receiving duo of senior Ryan Wheldon and junior Chris Owusu will be dangerous as they accounted for more than 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009. The blocking for Luck will be there for him as four offensive linemen along with the starting fullback return in 2010.
As the transition in Los Angeles continues, Barkley will have to deal with new coach Lane Kiffin’s style of offense after running former coach Pete Carroll’s style. The Trojans will return only four starters from 2009 for a team that finished 9-4, which is a huge disappointment for USC.
Barkley will have running back Allen Bradford to stir the running game that finished fourth in the Pac-10 behind a line that returns three from 2009. The receiving corps will be led by senior Ronald Johnson, who had three touchdowns for close to 400 yards. Barkley will have plenty of weapons to count on to continue growing and not regress this season as he continues to control the Trojan offense.