Tuesday, December 3, 2013

More big-program college QBs showing A11FL prowess down the stretch

One of things I have enjoyed about watching college football this fall is visualizing which players would be good fits in the A11 Football League once the ball is kicked off, both in two showcase games in May of 2014 and the league’s first full season beginning in March of 2015.

And as soon as I see a quarterback who looks like a keeper, I have his name etched in my brain for future use – like right now.

Here are some of college QBs previously unmentioned here who have been showing off some impressive numbers and on-field feats in recent months:

James Franklin, Missouri – When you are the starting quarterback for one of the best teams in college football, you are going to be noticed by most everyone. Despite missing three games due to a shoulder injury, Franklin has posted numbers any coach would love – 16 touchdowns, 1,952 yards and a 66.9-percent completion rate as a passer, and 412 net yards and three touchdowns rushing.

Franklin (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) has been doing this for the Tigers for a while, posting big numbers as a sophomore in 2011 (21 touchdowns passing, 15 touchdowns rushing and 3,946 total yards of offense). His record as a starter for Missouri is 19-10.

B.J. Denker, Arizona – As soon as I saw first saw Denker, a 6-foot-3, 184-pound senior lefty, on a late-night PAC-12 telecast earlier this fall, I made sure to continue to follow the rest of his final collegiate season. He hasn’t disappointed Wildcat fans, either, as the former junior college all-star has led Arizona to two different three-game winning streaks, a 7-5 overall record and the program’s fifth winning season in the last six years.

Denker has started all 12 games for Arizona this season, and his numbers certainly warrant A11FL consideration – 2,241 yards, 14 touchdowns and a 60.5-percent completion rate as a passer, and 898 net yards and 12 touchdowns rushing. Either as a starter, or the lefty in a dual-QB formation in some package plays every game, Denker most likely would make an A11FL offensive coordinator pretty happy.

Kain Colter, Northwestern – Colter is exactly the type of versatile player who would give A11FL defensive coordinators fits, both at quarterback and as a wide receiver. In 11 games as a senior this season, Colter (6-foot, 195 pounds) completed 63-of-80 passes (78.8 percent) for 577 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions, was second on the team with 489 yards and five touchdowns rushing and caught three passes for 16 yards and a score. 

Colter has career collegiate highs with 872 yards and eight touchdowns passing as a junior in 2012, with 894 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing in that same season and with 43 catches for 466 yards and three scores receiving as a sophomore in 2011.

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