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There have been years when ND faced many outstanding and experienced QB's but this past season, we didn't face many outstanding QB's or even experienced QB'S. Outstanding QB's would have been D. Robinson ( he could't throw, but he could control a game with his running ) and Landry Jones. Of course, no Barkley. Sensuri, Tanner Price andTerBush and Rettig were experienced. None really played on a team that was particularly good although Pitt ended up giving us a scare. Stanford, BYU, MSU, Miami, and it turns out Usc were trying new people. Only Riley Nelson gave us much of a problem and some of these teams had to replace the QB that they started the season with.
What will we see next year ? Michigan has Devin Gardner who may turn out to be better than D. Rob. because he is a dual threat. Stanford has back Hogan and Oklahoma has back, the monster, Blake Bell. Usc probably has Wittek ( but he hs some good competition), MSU has Maxwell back and I am guessing, but not sure that Purdue hasTerBush back. These guys figure to be the better QB's that we will face. Temple may have back someone named Coyer and ASU has back a qb named Taylor Kelly. BYU, Pttt, and BC will be bringing in new QB's and, of course Navy and Air Force have their type of QB's. On the surface, it doesn't look like a season of great passers facing ND. Gardner, Hogan and Bell are mobile QB's and one never knows if one of these teams suddenly has a guy that really blossoms or ends up with a guy who suddenly comes out of obscurity and does very well. If you have any comments, corrections or additional information please share. I may be wrong about a few of the lesser known teams and players.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by irishm 15 months ago
BC will still have rettig. I also wouldnt call bell a monster in any way, he's just big and actually isn't a dual threat outside of short yardage situations.
I think we have a very favorable schedule/competition. I could see Arizona state and Stanford giving us fits. Everyone else is very beatable.
This post was edited by ZWiesen 15 months ago
There's no quarterback on that list who's going to keep defensive coordinators up at night.
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Stanford actually switched QB's after the played us, and the new guy was more impressive I guess. At least that's what I heard, I didn't actually watch any of their games, lol.
Hogan at Stanford was a tremendous boost to their offense IMO. I've seen quite a few of their games. Taylor Kelly was pretty dynamic and runs Grahams offense extremely well.
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