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04 Mar 2012

ESPN: Replacing A College Quarterback

Among the top 13 teams in the final Associated Press poll of 2011, eight will debut a new starter at quarterback in 2012. Some of these programs will take a big step back next season, and others will barely skip a beat. So which quarterback battles this spring are more crucial to the top teams than others? Not too surprisingly, it will have a lot to do with the percentage of each team's total offense that ran through the quarterback position last year.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 04 Mar 2012

2 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2012, 10:50am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

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by Kal :: Sun, 03/04/2012 - 10:26pm

I'm really curious to see if Oregon's QB doesn't actually matter like the common logic goes. Oregon went from Dixon (who was having a stupidly good year) to Masoli, eventually (who was inconsistent but a good runner) to Thomas, who was great at making decisions. I was concerned about losing Masoli but this year losing Thomas seems a hell of a lot worse; how could we do better than what we had with him?

My gut feeling is that the next QB will be more Masoli-like and less Thomas like, where we'll have a better overall running game but get killed against Ds that can shut down the run.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Mon, 03/05/2012 - 10:50am

Thomas was great at making decisions? He seemed terrified every time he had to make a pass to a WR who wasn't wide open.