2011 College Football Predictions: 10 Quarterbacks Who Need a Redemption Year
As NFL Draft talk continues to build, there are some very talented quarterbacks that will be returning to college next year that didn't perform at the high-level expected this season, such as Garrett Gilbert, Jordan Jefferson, and John Brantley.
Players like Gilbert, Jefferson, and Brantley, all have the potential to eventually be high draft picks in the NFL, but this past season they struggled continuously. With many talented recruits coming in next season, some starting quarterbacks that thought they were the go-to guy, may find themselves in the middle of a heated battle for their starting role.
The following slides exhibit ten quarterbacks that need to have a redemption year in 2011 after underperforming this past season.
QB Jacory Harris, Miami Hurricanes
Weight: 200 pounds
Season Stats: 148-270, 1793 yards, a 54.8 CMP%, 14 TD's, 15 INT's, and a 116.60 QB rating
After a fairly solid Sophomore season with the Hurricanes, throwing for 24 TD's, 17 INT's, and over 3300 yards, Harris failed to remain consistent as a Junior, throwing an interception in eight out of the 10 games he played in this season.
QB Richard Brehaut, UCLA Bruins
Weight: 222 pounds
Season Stats: 119-212, 1296 yards, a 56.1 CMP%, 6 TD's, 7 INT's, and a 110.22 QB rating
Brehaut didn't see much action in his Freshman season, and after numerous poor outings as a starter this year, who knows if he'll ever see a starting role again, posting a 2-7 record. Before he can even attempt to have a redemption year, Brehaut may have to duke it out with some other quarterbacks in the preseason for the starting role.
QB B.J. Daniels, USF Bulls
Weight: 212 pounds
Season Stats: 143-245, 1685 yards, a 58.4 CMP%, 11 TD's, 13 INT's, and a 120.35 QB rating
In his second season as a starter for USF B.J. Daniels did not perform as expected, recording worse numbers than he did in the previous year as a red-shirt freshman. In his first year as a starter, Daniels recorded some solid stats, completing 122 of 245 passes for 1983 yards, a 53.7 CMP%, 14 TD's, nine INT's, and a 139.55 QB rating. Daniels shows some real NFL potential, but must have a breakout Junior year if he really wants to catch the eye of professional scouts.
QB Patrick Nicely, Akron Zips
Weight: 215 pounds
Season Stats: 166-336, 1753 yards, a 49.4 CMP%, 10 TD's, 13 INT's, and a 95.31 QB rating
The Akron Zips played pretty awful as an entire football team this season, posting a 1-11 record. If Nicely is going to improve, he needs to see some more protection first, after being sacked 33 times this season. The coaching staff must have high hopes for Nicely after a solid performance in the last game of the season against Buffalo, earning their only win of the year. Nicely completed 13 of 24 attempted passes for 193 yards, a 54.2 CMP%, three touchdowns, and a 162.97 QB rating.
QB Spencer Keith, Kent State Golden Flashes
Weight: 215 pounds
Season Stats: 215-364, 2212 yards, a 59.1 CMP%, 8 TD's, 11 INT's, and a 111.32 QB rating
After an exceptional freshman season, Spencer Keith only had about three or four good performances as a sophomore. Keith led Kent State to a 5-7 record this past season, which means he may be another quarterback on this list that will have to really battle it out for his starting role.
QB Jordan Jefferson, LSU Tigers
Weight: 224 pounds
Season Stats: 118-209, 1411 yards, a 56.5 CMP%, 7 TD's, 10 INT's, and a 114.65 QB rating
If Jordan Jefferson wants to be selected within the first three rounds of the NFL draft, than he will return to LSU for another season because in 2010 he didn't play too well, although he led the Tigers to a 10-2 record and a Cotton Bowl win. After throwing for 17 TD's, seven interceptions, 2166 yards, and a 137.18 QB rating as a Sophomore, Jefferson has shown that he can be a dominant quarterback. If he can come up with a productive in 2011, Jefferson may be able to boost his draft stock to the first two rounds.
QB Matt Schilz, Bowling Green Falcons
Weight: 212 pounds
Season Stats: 228-377, 2223 yards, a 60.5 CMP%, 8 TD's, 14 INT's, and a 109.59 QB rating
Schilz was only a freshman in 2010 so he has plenty of time to develop, but by any means it wasn't a very successful season. Bowling Green finished with a 2-10 record, and Schilz only had more touchdowns than interceptions in two games this season. Schilz shows some true potential, but will have to continually work on his game in the offseason if he wants to be successful next year.
QB Tanner Price, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Weight: 190 pounds
Season Stats: 137-241, 1349 yards, a 56.8 CMP%, 7 TD's, 8 INT's, and a 106.81 QB rating
As a Freshman, Tanner Price saw some action in all but one game this season. Wake Forest won the first two games of the season, but then lost nine games in a row before winning their last contest against Vanderbilt. Price didn't record awful stats, but had a 0-4 starting record. As many of the QB's on this list Price shows much potential, and much of his future will depend on how he performs in his Sophomore season.
QB John Brantley, Florida Gators
Weight: 220 pounds
Season Stats: 200-329, 2061 yards, a 60.8 CMP%, 9 TD's, 10 INT's, and a 116.35 QB rating
John Brantley had tremendous shoes to fill, replacing Tim Tebow, and he may have let the pressure get the best of him. As a sophomore he would occasionally enter the game, and he played extraordinary in the time he was given, completing 36 of 48 passes for 410 yards, a 75.0 CMP%, seven touchdowns, and a 194.88 QB rating. This year Brantley threw about eight times more passes than in 2010 and only scored two touchdowns more. After rumors of Brantley maybe transferring to another school, it has become official that he will return to Florida for his Senior season. Now that Will Muschamp is Head Coach, and Charlie Weis was brought in as Offensive Coordinator, maybe Brantley can thrive in a different system.
QB Garrett Gilbert, Texas Longhorns
Weight: 215 pounds
Season Stats: 260-441, 2744 yards, a 59.0 CMP%, 10 TD's, 17 INT's, and a 110.99 QB rating
Garrett Gilbert was given the starting quarterback role heading into his Sophomore year with high expectations. It is very likely that Gilbert will be an outstanding quarterback someday, but he didn't show much promise this past season, leading the Longhorns to a 5-7 record and no bowl game appearance. Gilbert will eventually be in the NFL, and if he wants to be a high selection like he has the potential to be, than next season Gilbert will have an extraordinary season. Gilbert and John Brantley will be two of the best quarterbacks in college football next season, being the top stories of redemption in 2011.