A few weeks ago, I ranked the QB’s of the ACC, pointing out the talent that exists at that position in the conference. But, 2012 is not only the year of the quarterback in the ACC; it is also in the Big East. When the season began, everybody knew there were a couple of good quarterbacks in the conference. What they didn’t know was that a couple more Big East signal callers would flourish into stars this season, making the conference noteworthy for its stable of super quarterbacks. Here is a ranking and description of all eight Big East QB’s:
1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Just a sophomore, Bridgewater is enjoying a tremendous season that has him contending for the Heisman Trophy. The Cardinals are undefeated and the mobile Bridgewater is a big reason why. Bridgewater, who is coming off a 304 yard passing day against Pitt, is extremely accurate (his completion percentage is over 70% and he has only thrown three interceptions).
2. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
The Orange have struggled somewhat to this point, but one bright spot has been the play of Ryan Nassib. Nassib entered the year already with 44 passing touchdowns and over 5000 yards passing in his career and has continued his success into the 2012 campaign. This season he has already almost passed for 2000 yards and has passed for 11 touchdowns. With a strong arm and some mobility, Nassib is also an intriguing NFL prospect.
3. Tino Sunseri, Pitt
Sunseri is now in his third season as Pitt’s starting QB. While he struggled at times in his first two, this season has been a resounding success. Sunseri has completed 70% of his passes and has a stellar 10-2 TD to INT ratio. He has also been extremely consistent game-to-game and has thrown for at least 230 yards each week.
4. Munchie Legeaux, Cincinnati
In his first season as full-time starter, Legeaux has been terrific. In the season opener against Pitt, Legeaux passed for 205 yards and ran for 117 more and he has been playing well since. Munchie has led the Bearcats out to a 5-0 start including a win over Virginia Tech in which he passed for 376 yards and three TDs.
5. Gary Nova, Rutgers
Rutgers is also undefeated and Gary Nova is a big part of that. Nova has passed for 1271 yards and has a sparkling 11-2 TD to INT ratio. If he continues to play well, Rutgers should keep on rolling.
6. BJ Daniels, USF
One of the fastest quarterbacks in all of college football, Daniels has been starting at USF for four seasons. Daniels has lots of big play potential and has already accounted for 14 touchdowns this season. He still needs to cut down on his interceptions though (he has thrown eight this year).
7. Chris Coyer, Temple
While Temple has favored a run-happy offense this season, Coyer has been dependable under center and has both passed for over 600 yards and ran for over 300.
8. Chandler Whitmer, UCONN
Whitmer has had some big passing days (he passed for 333 yards in a loss to Western Michigan), but has also already thrown 10 picks.