It’s no secret that the Power Five programs receive more attention and that players from these conferences tend to rank higher than others due to the intense competition they face every week.
But there is a lot of talent to be found in both the G5 and FCS conferences, and both have produced successful quarterbacks who have made names for themselves at the next level. This is something that is not changing and it is expected that several small school quarterbacks will be selected at the start of the round between next year and subsequent seasons in the near future.
Here are five of the top G5 quarterbacks and how they are handling the upcoming 2022 season:
one. Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina.
McCall couldn’t have done much better with the Chanticleers’ triple-option offense than he did last season as a sophomore. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder completed 73% of his passes for 2,873 yards with 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions on 241 attempts in 2021—statistics that are already impressive but could be even better if they weren’t. . t for him prevents trauma.
He has a high football IQ and is quick to make decisions, which is essential in a tricky offense like the one he plays. field levels. He is good at pocketing and can take shots on the run even if his feet are not planted.
In addition to how strong he is at passing, McCall’s “that” factor lies in his solid mobility and mentality. He is a true double threat who has everything he needs to make the transition to the NFL with ease despite facing the stigma of being a low school player (although it’s safe to say he could have moved on and played the same way). well into a more competitive conference compared to higher level competition if he wanted to go that route).
“I’m a quarterback, but I’m also a football player,” McCall told me earlier this offseason. “I don’t mind contact, sticking my nose in there and being tough. I love watching guys like Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. Their toughness and tenacity and the way they stretch the game and the way they shoot on the run. I don’t model my game with anyone in particular, but I love watching these guys.”
McCall has been criticized for “lack of arm strength”, but looking at the film, he puts in enough speed for his throws despite not having a howitzer for an arm, so it shouldn’t be something that needs him heavily. knock out before the fight. draft process.
2. Jake HenerFresno state.
Haner is by far the most interesting quarterback prospect in Mountain West and has the potential to be drafted early this year. He had one of his strongest starts in the 2021 season, throwing for at least 300 yards in his first six games of the season with a record 455 yards in one game. He finished the year with a 67.1% completion percentage, 4,096 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
One of his highlights was losing a No. 13 UCLA ranking with a right hip injury, but unfortunately the injury he sustained limited him and affected both his performance and statistics.
“I was struggling with some injuries and some things that I had to get over… I had some shin and hip issues and stuff like that, it dragged on and that was really a problem for me,” Haner told me. previously. year. “I had to wear different boots and do a bunch of things with my boots and find ways to go out and play and overcome challenges. All that remained was to answer. Even the best players have bad games, everyone has bad games. You learn from your mistakes and try to do better in the future.”
There is no doubt that Hener checks all intangible assets and leaves everything he has on the field. He has taken a few hits due to his size at 6ft 1in and 210lbs, but as far as material things go, he shows that he is an accurate passer with a lot of pocket presence. Hoehner’s film reflects his ability to play out of structure, make difficult passes, use the right amount of touches and arm strength on various shots, although he can afford to improve his ball placement a bit.
3. Michael PrattTulan.
Pratt may be one of college football’s best-kept secrets, lacking national attention despite potentially being the sport’s most underrated quarterback. He had injury problems last season – something that seemed to take a toll on him mechanically – and suffered a concussion against SMU. Support and offensive line play also left a lot to be desired, and the consequences of this always extend to the quarterback. Pratt finished the 2021 season with a 57.6% completion rate, 2,381 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions—numbers that could have been much better had circumstances been more ideal.
Early in his career, Pratt was hailed as one of the top freshman quarterbacks in the country and made national headlines when he nearly led Tulane to a big upset win over the second-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the opening game of the 2021 season. though some of the attention faded as Tulane as a team struggled to finish the year with a 2-10 overall record.
While the numbers themselves don’t reflect this, Pratt has shown a high ceiling as a passer and is much more accurate than his completion percentage would suggest. He appears to be mentally more mature than several other quarterbacks of similar experience and should continue to speed up his already strong mental processing. In terms of mobility, Pratt has shown the ability to evade pressure, play on the run, and beat defenses with his feet. And he brings a real element of speed, with the head coach Willy Fritz described him to me earlier this year as a legitimate 4.6-second 40-yard dasher. All of this is in keeping with the modern era of the NFL, which is moving from an era of hyper-athletic quarterbacks to one that primarily requires the quarterback to successfully pass from the pocket with a certain degree of mobility, favoring true double threats.
Just as important as all of this is who the quarterback is as a leader and the ability to keep the team behind him even when things go wrong, which is much easier said than done. Even despite setbacks, Pratt has consistently played with great energy and enjoys the full support and respect of those around him.
“You know, he’s one of the best practitioners I’ve ever had, especially in this position,” Fritz said. makes friends with all the guys in the team – attack, defense, specialists. Always speaks an encouraging word. He is a servant leader. He is always trying to do his best to help other people.”
With an offensive coaching staff that looks a bit different and a promising overall offensive team that should be vastly improved from last year, FritzIn 2022, the team is ready to take a significant step forward. This bodes well for Pratt, and he will have a breakthrough year, and he will return to the national spotlight.
four. Clayton TuneHouston.
Thun shone a lot in 2021, recording a personal best season by completing 68.2% of his passes for 3,546 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ranked second in the conference in QBR (158.1), third in YPA (8.4), and first in completion percentage.
He shows sufficient arm strength and has shown the ability to evade pressure enough with enough mobility to make a first down for his team in short range situations. However, this is not an incredibly athletic defender who will nonetheless pose a constant threat with his feet. Tune is doing business as a passer on the Cougars offense, which has a lot of Air Raid elements under head coach Dan Holgorsen, who hails from Mike Leach the coaching tree — and it’s already being compared to NFL-successful players like Ben Roethlisberger. (Although this is a player who can move a little more than Roethlisberger).
Systems like this rely heavily on a quarterback who can throw the ball well and maintain a consistently high level of accuracy in all areas of the field, as Tune has demonstrated. With Tank Dell Wide Receiver and Running Reverse Alton McCaskill All in all, the Houston offense should be running like a well-oiled machine in 2022, and both the Cougars and Tune can expect something special.
One of the biggest improvements Thune has made between last and this season is in intangibles and leadership, with many teammates commenting that he has become a more active leader.
“Vocally, he liked being the leader more,” Said Houston wide receiver Nathaniel Dell at AAC Media Day. “He walked and talked to the defense. Usually, like two years ago, last year, he would just talk to hitters, receivers and things like that.
“Now he talks to (cornerback) Jace (Rogers), linebackers, linebacker, everyone. He gets along with everyone. It’s good with a quarterback.”
5. Tanner MordecaiSMU.
Mortdecai is another quarterback who plays offensively with the pleasure of passing. That’s one reason he had the 12th most passing yards in the nation, but as anyone who has studied explosive passing attacks like this in depth knows, it takes a reliable passer who is quick to throw the ball and has a high level. mental processing to have that line of stats even if they have multiple opportunities to throw the ball.
Mordecai brings another element of his mobility to his game, and although he is asked to throw the ball more often, he does not…