Today, A11 Football Magazine will continue to take a look at the Bleacher Report’s list of the Top 25 quarterbacks for the 2013 college football season, and how they would stack up in the upcoming A11 Football League.
Today’s story looks at the quarterbacks in spots 16-20…
20. Zach Mettenberger, senior, LSU – A11FL quarterbacks will have to be both accurate and mobile. Mettenberger is the former – completing 65.2 percent of his passes through the first three games of 2013 after a 58.8-percent completion rate in 2012. The problem is, he isn’t the latter – running for minus-208 yards (sacks are considered runs for quarterbacks in college) in 2012 and six yards so far in 2013. A11FL quarterbacks need to be able to run up the middle on draws, execute options and throw many passes per game on rollouts, waggles, etc. – something Mettenberger hasn’t been asked to do in college.
19. Bryn Renner, senior, North Carolina – As is the case with Mettenberger, Renner can put up a lot of points with his arm, but the potential to match him with an A11FL team is hindered by a lack of mobility. Renner is off to a good start in 2013 (49-for-77, 533 yards, two touchdowns, one interception), and threw for more than 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each of the last two full seasons. But the mobility, shown by the rushing stats (minus-88 in 2011, 38 in 2012 and minus-11 so far in 2013), isn’t there.
18. Casey Pachall, senior, TCU – Pachall continues the theme of high-quality college passers who don’t have a lot of mobility at their disposal. In 2011, he started 13 games, throwing for 2,921 yards and 25 touchdowns, but running for just 51 yards. In four games in 2012, Pachall threw for 948 yards and 10 scores, while running for just 23 yards. Pachall threw just 30 passes and ran just eight times this season before fracturing his left (non-throwing) arm – something which might allow him to take a medical redshirt.
17. Chuckie Keeton, junior, Utah State – Keeton has the tools to get the job done in the A11FL, and still has room to improve. As a sophomore in 2012, he threw for 3,373 yards and 27 touchdowns, was picked off just nine times and completed 67.6 percent of his passes – while also running for 619 yards and eight touchdowns. So far in 2013, Keeton is the Aggies’ leading rusher through three games (187 yards, one touchdown), but he also is completing a whopping 78.1 percent of his passes for 923 yards, 12 touchdowns and just one pick.
16. Connor Shaw, senior, South Carolina – Shaw has the goods to be an effective A11FL quarterback, and he also has an intangible any coach would love – toughness. In three games in 2013, Shaw is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 661 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions, while rushing for 202 yards. Fighting injuries in 2012, Shaw not only was the Gamecocks’ top passer (67.5 completion percentage, 17 touchdowns, seven interceptions), but he also was their second-leading rusher (435 yards, three scores).