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The Top College Football QB Battles to Watch in Fall Camp


(Bleacher Report)
Roughly 25 percent of college football programs will enter fall camps with an open competition at the quarterback position, but the defending national champions may have the biggest conundrum of all. Will it be Kelly Bryant, Hunter Johnson or Zerrick Cooper under center for Clemson when the regular season begins in just over a month?
    The Tigers aren't the only team in the ACC with a question mark at QB either. Miami, Virginia Tech and North Carolina will each have an interesting battle to watch in fall camps, which makes the conference's Coastal Division one heck of a mystery. And buckle up for a lot of thoughts on the SEC, as it makes up 50 percent of the top eight QB battles.
    For each team with an opening at the game's most prominent position, we'll take a look at the candidates and the frontrunner before offering up a prediction on how things will play out in August and September. 
    Teams on the following slides are ranked in ascending order of projected preseason Top 25 position.
      Michigan Wolverines
      It's hard to believe that this is even a conversation. The Wolverines lost 17 starters. Why would they also make a change at QB? However, a lot of people seem to believe that both Brandon Peters and John O'Korn are threats to take Wilton Speight's job.
                   
      Texas Longhorns
      Similar to the situation at Michigan, this just seems silly. Shane Buechele is a borderline Heisman candidate who nearly threw for 3,000 yards last season. But new head coach Tom Herman says a few nice things about incoming freshman Sam Ehlinger and refuses to proclaim any starters in April and people jump to the conclusion that this is an open competition? Barring injury, everyone knows this is Buechele's job.
                   
      Nevada Wolf Pack and Arizona Sun Devils
      Two intriguing situations where former Alabama players—David Cornwell at Nevada and Blake Barnett at Arizona State—are looking to transfer in and immediately supplant last year's starters (Ty Gangi and Manny Wilkins, respectively). Even though Barnett has 19 career pass attempts and Cornwell has none, it seems like a safe bet that the newcomers get the jobs by the end of the year if not by the end of fall camp.
                        
      Florida Atlantic Owls
      There are only a couple of "high-profile" QB battles from the Group of Five conferences, but Lane Kiffin's situation at FAU should be intriguing (on multiple levels). Jason Driskel—younger brother of former Florida QB Jeff Driskel—will enter as the incumbent starter, but he'll be challenged by incoming transfer De'Andre Johnson.
                   
      Minnesota Golden Gophers
      After three straight seasons at Western Michigan where Zach Terrell was the only QB worth noting, P.J. Fleck has a tough decision to make at Minnesota. With Mitch Leidner out of the picture, Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft are the only QBs on the roster with any experience, and they've each attempted just 17 passes in their careers. If one of those "veterans" doesn't shine in fall camp, freshmen Tanner Morgan or Seth Green could seize the opportunity.
                    
      North Carolina Tar Heels
      UNC brought in LSU transfer Brandon Harris to help withstand the loss of Mitch Trubisky, but does that necessarily mean the job is his? Now-sophomore Nathan Elliott looked solid in (extremely) limited opportunities last season, and redshirt freshmen Chazz Surratt and Logan Byrd will both enter the fall as legitimate candidates to start.
                        
      Baylor Bears
      Among the middle-of-the-pack major-conference teams, the Bears might have the most intriguing QB situation. Zach Smith had a great finish to the 2016 season once Seth Russell's leg injury led to his promotion to starter, but Arizona graduate-transfer Anu Solomon will be a strong candidate for the job if he can get back to playing like he did in 2014 and 2015.
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