Power Ranking the Big East Quarterbacks After Week 5
The newest change to this week's version of the Big East quarterback power rankings has arrived. From now on, the rankings will be based on a quarterback's cumulative season performance instead of his most recent performance.
Quarterbacks are still ranked based on how they fared against FBS opponents only and will continue to be ranked in this way throughout the season.
In other news, the Big East had a big milestone this week: For the first time in the 2010 season, a Big East team managed a win over an SEC team.
Thank you very much Cody Endres, Jordan Todman, and the University of Connecticut for beating Vanderbilt.
8. Tom Savage, Rutgers
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Tom Savage has thrown for 222 yards against FIU and North Carolina, as well as three interceptions and no touchdowns.
After injuring his ribs against UNC and still playing, Savage continued to struggle with his accuracy against Tulane. After being flushed out of the pocket (terrible offensive line play as usual), Savage was hit by a Tulane defender and injured his throwing hand.
Suddenly the offensive line started blocking, and backup quarterback Chas Dodd threw for 176 yards and a touchdown during the second half.
The great thing about Dodd is that he throws to receivers not named Mohamed Sanu. Even if Savage is deemed ready to play Friday night against UConn, there might be a new signal caller for the Scarlet Knights.
7. B.J. Daniels, South Florida
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When USF quarterback B.J. Daniels threw four interceptions against Florida, it was largely overlooked since the Gators were a Top Five team.
After Florida's 31-6 loss to Alabama, this performance looks a whole lot worse.
Add that to mediocre performances against Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic, and you have a struggling quarterback with 296 yards passing, two touchdowns, and five interceptions.
I almost ranked Daniels behind Tom Savage, but his one rushing touchdown just barely puts him ahead.
6. Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh
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Even for somebody that wasn't as hyped up by the "experts" this preseason, Tino Sunseri has played below average at best.
Against FIU, Miami, and Utah, Suneri passed for 414 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Hey, at least Pitt has running back Dion Lewis to fall back on, right?
Well, Sunseri does have Ray Graham and his 377 yards and three touchdowns against Miami and FIU. The Panthers' game against Notre Dame on Saturday should be very fun to watch.
5. Cody Endres, Connecticut
Now the undisputed starting quarterback for the UConn Huskies, Cody Endres had his first test against an SEC team.
This SEC team did happen to be Vanderbilt, a perennial conference doormat.
Endres' 179 yards and two touchdowns against Vandy and 139 yards and two TDs in one half against Buffalo already put him at No. 5 in this week's rankings.
The real test will be how Endres will perform against a swarming Rutgers defense that has proved to be the best in the Big East.
If Endres can pull together a big performance there, look for him to vault up the Week 6 rankings.
4. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
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If I had one word to describe Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, it would be "solid."
After throwing for 431 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions against Akron and Washington, Nassib has proved this even more.
He's not great yet, but just like the entire Syracuse team, he is slowly improving. Nassib's first Big East test will be a road game against South Florida this Saturday.
3. Adam Froman, Louisville
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Louisville quarterback Adam Froman has made the biggest improvement of any Big East quarterback that played significant time last season.
Against Oregon State, Arkansas State, and Kentucky, Froman has thrown for 723 yards and four touchdowns.
It's Froman's three interceptions, which are thrown at the worst possible time, that don't bode well for a tough Big East schedule this season.
2. Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
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Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros has overcome a rocky start to throw for 815 yards and seven touchdowns against the likes of Fresno State, Oklahoma, and North Carolina State.
Collaros has thrown one interception and added one touchdown on the ground too.
Unfortunately for Collaros and Bearcats fans, the defense and the rest of the team haven't picked it up yet, and Cincinnati still has started out with a 1-3 record entering Big East play. Cincinnati did have a great almost-win against Oklahoma.
1. Eugene Smith, West Virginia
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Back on top of the rankings again is West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. This was due to his 703 passing yards and seven touchdowns against Marshall, Maryland, and LSU. Smith also threw one interception.
What puts him ahead of Collaros is the fact that Smith is not far off from Collaros in total yardage on significantly fewer pass attempts and against better defenses.
Not to mention the fact that Smith has led his team to a 2-1 record against FBS teams, while Collaros and the Bearcats are 0-3.