Yesterday I wrote about the quarterback readiness of the Big 10 West. And as we learned teams are still facing a quarterback controversy and lots of new quarterbacks. The East is a bit more stable, here is a preview, scale is boiling to ice cold.
Indiana: Richard Laglow, R-Sr./ Tr.
Laglow threw for 19 TD’s and 17 interceptions last year which prompted a dual QB offense for the Hoosiers. This year teammates and coaches alike have seen a huge improvement inskill and confidence. Riding on the trails of a new offensive system, only time will tell how he will perform. Indiana doesnt have much depth with two freshmen backups. The tell tale sign will be if Laglow can improve his accuracy and keep the offense from turning sloppy. He has a huge opportunity on August 31st under the lights, on ESPN’s megacast and the first College Gameday of the season.
Readiness Scale: Tap Water
Maryland: 4 way battle
Transfer RS Junior Caleb Henderson, Sophomores Tyrell Pigrome and Mas Bortenschlager and true Freshman Kasim Hill are all competing for the starting spot. Henderson is recovering from a broken foot he suffered last year. Pigrome was in 11 games last year but wasn’t impressive enough to garner the starting job. Bortenschlager completes less than 50% of his passes. Hill is a 4 star freshman. I wouldn’t be surprised if the job landed to Kasim Hill. Looking at his high school performance, he looks stellar.
Durkin has only been there for 2 years, Hill could be his guy for the next 4.
Readiness Scale: Colder than the blue mountains on a Coors Light can. That’s ok though, Maryland fans would definately need to throw back a few of those this year.
Jim Harbaugh hasn’t decided on his QB for the year and its for a good reason. Last years starter Wilton Speight led the Wolverines to a 10-3 record and threw for 28 tochdowns. He was great, but his decision making was costly in games against Iowa, Ohio State and Florida State. John O’Korn is also a very capable QB. The RS Senior has a strong arm, and although didn’t play mch last year, excelled in his time at Houston where he threw for over 3000 yards and 28 TD his freshman year. None the less, every Michigan football writer, says this is Speights team. But no word from Harbaugh Yet.
Readiness Scale: Boiling, burner turned to medium.
Michigan State: Brian Lewerke, RS So.
Lewerke is coming off a broken leg and the Spartans are coming off a less than appealing 3-9 season. The offense struggled under, now departed, Tyler O’Connor and the only competant QB left on the team is Brian Lewerke. This doesnt look good for Michigan State fans who were used to seeing Kirk Cousins and Connor Cook light uup the offense.
Readiness Scale: Tap Water
Ohio State: J.T. Barrett, RS Sr.
There was never a question as to who Ohio State’s QB wold be this year. Barrett is in his 5th season and looking to break records (he holds 7 Ohio State records) and lead the Buckeyes to another title. Urban Meyer had it easy.
Readiness Scale: Steam.
Penn State: Trace McSorley, So.
McSorley is confident, a true leader and an exceptional QBand he is only a sophomore. He and his running partner Saquan Barkley held the top spot in my players to watch in 2017. Expect him to lead Penn State to another bowl. He is the best QB in the Big 10 hands down. He has the x-factor and will take Penn State’s explosive offense to the playoffs if all goes well on the defensive side.
Readiness Scale: The waters boiled off. Saturday can’t come fast enough.
Rutgers has been the btt of all jokes since coming to the Big 10 2 years ago. Chris Ash a huge job in his second year as head coach. Graduate Transfer Kyle Bolin seems to have the best chance and was great at the open practice this past weekend. Last year’s starter Giovanni Rescigno continued to have and off day as he did many times last year. Freshman Jonathan Lewis didn’t look confident in the passing game. As the day comes closer, the QB situation in Piscataway is still cloudier than a rainy day.
Readiness Scale: Antarctic Ice Sheet