Evaluating Quarterbacks For The 2017 College Football Season With The Drives Hour Glass

Photo courtesy of 247sports.com

We’ve talked about on the Drive’s radio program and here about the importance of returning quarterback play. Quarterback play is the most pivotal dynamic on the field to a team’s success and today we look at the returning quarterbacks on a national scale.

Just as a reminder, this year the average range stamp for a quarterback in the country per our algorithms is 10.4-10.8. If a quarterback is within a point or two of that number, he is considered average. Anything on either side of those numbers and you can probably figure that out. Higher the number, better the player, lower the number, the more improving one has to do.

Review the Entire Hour Glass Projections here. 

It’s also important to note some quarterbacks may drastically improve their ranking by seasons end, due to the small sample sizes we had to evaluate a player on or due to limited action in 2016.

2017 Top Ten:

1 Toledo 40.1 Logan Woodside
2 Washington 38.4 Jake Browning
3 Oklahoma 38 Baker Mayfield
4 Washington State 31.5 Luke Falk
5 South Florida 30.2 Quinton Flowers
6 Louisville 30.1 Lamar Jackson
7 Oklahoma State 30.1 Mason Rudolph
8 Penn State 26.6 Trace McSorley
9 Oregon 25.1 Justin Herbert
10 USC 23 Sam Darnold


Logan Woodside could be the best quarterback returning in 2017 that nobody has really heard of. Woodside, who decided to come back for his senior season and forgo the 2017 NFL Draft completed 69 percent of his passes a year ago, while throwing for 4,129 yards and 45 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.

Logan Woodside of Toledo – photo courtesy of 247sports.com

In our top ten, two quarterbacks are from groups of five schools in Quinton Flowers from South Florida and Woodside. The PAC-12 has four quarterbacks in the top ten, and without question is the strongest league at the signal caller position.

USC’s Sam Darnold has been called by many the best “talent” coming back in 2017 and he will have every chance to prove that this year.

PAC-12 Football Projections can be seen here. 


11 Ohio State 22 J.T. Barrett
12 Iowa State 20 Jacob Park – Joel Lanning
13 Boise State 19.6 Brett Rypien
14 Alabama 19 Jalen Hurts
15 Florida State 18.4 Deondre Francois
16 Miss. State 18 Nick Fitzgerald
17 Northwestern 17.2 Clayton Thorson
18 Missouri 16.4 Drew Lock
19 Virginia 13.6 Kurt Benkert
20 Arkansas 13.4 Austin Allen

The SEC should be better at the quarterback position in 2017 as we have three SEC quarterbacks in our top 20 with Jalen Hurts from Alabama, Nick Fitzgerald at Mississippi State and Austin Allen from Arkansas.

SEC football Projections can be seen here. 

To no surprise, there again is a Boise State quarterback in the mix – this time its junior Brett Rypien. Rypien completed 62 percent of his passes a year ago, throwing for 3,646 yards, 24 touchdowns and only eight interceptions.

Hurts along with Florida State’s Deondre Francois are guys that could move up this list by seasons end.

ACC Football Projections can be seen here. 


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